Sub-trims notwithstanding, there are two models in the S-Class line for 2022: the S500 and S580. The base model is empowered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine, developing 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the S580 is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that thrums with 496 hp and 516 lb-ft. Both models rely on the same smooth nine-speed automatic transmission, which sends outputs to all four wheels.
The Mercedes rides on 19-inch alloy wheels as standard and comes outfitted with a full array of LED exterior lighting fixtures. Safety is paramount, so Pre-Safe plus is included, along with blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, evasive steering assist, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and lane change assist. Next up is comfort, with genuine leather covering the seats and 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats. Dual-zone climate control moderates the interior, while a 12.8-inch touchscreen programmed with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, and SiriusXM keeps occupants entertained.
Available features include quad-zone climate control, heated and ventilated rear seats, rear-axle steering, a rear-seat entertainment system, an augmented reality head-up display, facial recognition, and a 30-speaker Burmester surround sound system.
A Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the kind of vehicle that you sign for without even looking at the price tag, because if you have to ask, you probably can't afford one. The cheaper of the two trims in the S500 with the six-cylinder engine, but even that will cost you more than $100k. The base model, if you can call it that, is the Luxury Line with an MSRP of $111,100. The AMG Line variant goes for $115,400.
The S580 is presented in three different lines, starting with the standard $117,700 Luxury Line. The AMG Line bumps the price up to $122,000, and the Executive Line tops it off at $129,100. These prices are MSRP and do not include the $1,050 destination charge or any other administrative fees.
There is very little left off your standard S-Class luxury sedan, so the list of options is not very long. The few things left to add include a heated steering wheel ($250), the 30-speaker high-end Burmester sound system ($6,730, but requires the Warmth & Comfort Package detailed below), and a more comprehensive 3D Technology Package ($3,000). The latter installs an MBUX augmented reality head-up display and facial recognition software, which works alongside eye-tracking enhancements in the attention assist system. It also upgrades the digital instrument cluster to a 3D model.
A $3,800 Warmth & Comfort Package is also available, comprising power-adjustable, heated and ventilated rear outboard seats, the heated steering wheel, heated armrests, and front-cabin Energizing Comfort. AMG Line sub-trims get access to a Night Package, which equips larger 20-inch AMG wheels and recolors the exterior accents in a bolder gloss black. E-Active Body Control features road surface scan and curve drive technology. It costs $6,500.
When you're already spending over $100k, why settle for second best? We suggest going for the brutishly powerful and lavishly appointed S580. The V8 engine is irresistible, moving the large luxury sedan with absolutely no effort. The AMG Line is a nice cosmetic package that makes the otherwise bland-looking S-Class stand out, but the larger 20-inch alloys aren't necessary. The 19s help to ensure the best ride quality possible. Furthering this, the Exclusive Nappa leather also broadens your color options and includes the Warmth & Comfort Package. Passengers in the back will definitely thank you. The total price of a 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan with all these additions is $123,050 including the destination charge.