2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach
- New grille and front and rear fascias
- More powerful high beams
- Infotainment system update
- Standard Energizing Comfort system
- Part of the first Mercedes-Benz Maybach sedan generation introduced for 2016
- Exceptionally comfortable and quiet
- Outstanding rear-seat functionality and features
- Chock full of standard safety features
- Strong engines and brakes
- Mercedes heritage might not be special enough
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Edmunds' Expert Review
If you're one of the rare individuals who wants more features, refinement and performance than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers, you're in luck. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Sedan is an excellent upgrade. It's almost twice the price of the base S-Class on which it is based, but for the money you get pretty much every S-Class option available and many that are exclusive to the Maybach.
In a way, though, you could view the Maybach as a value play. It competes with other ultra-premium luxury sedans from Rolls-Royce and Bentley that cost perhaps a third more. Compared to the competition, the Maybach benefits from more technological items that enhance comfort and performance as well as add some automated driving and advanced safety features.
Holding it back, however, is its similarity to the more common S-Class. In a segment in which exclusivity weighs heavily, this is one of the Maybach's few drawbacks.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach configurations
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Sedan is available in S 560 4Matic and S 650 trims. The S 560 4Matic is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (463 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque) that is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is included. The S 650 upgrades to a turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 (621 hp, 738 lb-ft) mated to a seven-speed transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
The comprehensive list of standard features is identical for both trims, starting with 20-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, automatic wipers, soft-close doors, a hands-free trunklid, an adaptive air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, a heated windshield, and keyless entry and ignition.
On the inside, you get a head-up display, four-zone automatic climate control, extensive premium leather upholstery, a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, wood interior trim, heated and ventilated multicontour front and rear seats with memory and massage functions, a power footrest for the right rear seat, heated armrests, power rear sunshades, and heated rear seats. You'll also find an IWC analog clock, a 12.3-inch virtual gauge display, interior ambient lighting, and an air fragrancer with the Energizing Comfort system, which combines audio, climate, fragrance and massage to enhance comfort.
Also included on the Maybach are a household power outlet, a 12.3-inch display, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging pads and a 13-speaker Burmester premium audio system.
On the advanced safety feature and driver assist front, you get automatic high beams, a surround-view camera system, a night-vision camera system, automatic speed limit adjustment, an automated parking system, adaptive cruise control, forward and cross-traffic collision warning with automatic braking, emergency evasive steering, active blind-spot assist, active lane-change assist, lane keeping and crosswind assist, a pre-collision hearing protection system, airbags built into the rear shoulder belts, and a drowsy-driver monitoring system with emergency stop assist.
Options include various wheel and interior trim choices; Magic Sky Control, which offers a dimmable sunroof tint; a rear center console, which reduces passenger capacity to four; dual rear entertainment systems; folding rear-seat tables; a refrigerated box between the rear seatbacks; heated and cooled cupholders; and silver Champagne flutes from Robbe & Berking.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach video
[JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING] MARK: Hey, everybody, it's Mark from Edmunds. And today, we're talking about ultra-premium luxury sedans. It's a very select class of cars. And in that class, it's pretty hard to beat this, the Mercedes-Maybach. Prices for the Mercedes-Maybach S560 start right around $175,000. This, however, is the S650 that has a six-liter turbocharged V12 that puts out 621 horsepower. And it starts at $200,000. That's about twice as much as you'd expect to pay for the regular S-Class, which is already impeccably executed, luxurious, and it has everything you probably need. Is the Mercedes-Maybach worth $200,000? [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING] MR. TAKAHASHI: Well, that's all really interesting, I'm sure. But the reason you buy a Maybach, I contend, is for this, the rear seats that I'm in right now, with the executive rear seat option. That eliminates the fifth seat and puts this wonderful console here. Rear entertainment screens, ventilated seats, heated seats-- it's everything that you can enjoy up front, except you don't have to drive. MARK: Now, this amount of power and torque, it's not going to pin you to the seat. It's more of this just push of power. The 650 is rear-wheel drive only, while the 560 is 4MATIC all-wheel drive all the time. That really doesn't matter unless you're driving someone very wealthy in inclement weather. MR. TAKAHASHI: Obviously, you have the recline function. This folds the front seat completely out of the way and then starts pushing me horizontal. Oh, and this is nice. This is really nice. At the same time, I have control over the energizing comfort system. That combines a whole bunch of other things in this car. I'm getting a seat massage. It will change the climate control of the seat, as well as the regular climate control. It will play a specific track tailored to whether you want vitality, enjoyment, well-being, or even a little bit of in-seat calisthenics. It changes the ambient lighting. It fragrances the air. Think of it as a spa for your car. I really like it back here. MARK: Part of the recent refresh for the Mercedes S-Class and Maybachs, you have a new steering wheel and you have some new features, some more advanced safety features, as well as some low level automated driving systems. MR. TAKAHASHI: Underneath my left elbow here, this center console has wonderful fold out tables, if you're in business first class. This cubby here, wonderful heated and cooled cup holder. One thing you don't get, of course, is a butler. MARK: [SIGHS] To be perfectly honest, any S-Class is going to do just fine. The Maybachs, they're more about bragging rights, I suppose, especially this, the S650 with the V12. It's completely unnecessary. The 560 has a ton of power. So this is more of a one-upmanship, just in case your wealthy neighbor has an S560 Maybach. It's a weird world. MR. TAKAHASHI: The one option I wish I had though, is the refrigerated compartment that would go right here. It's only an $1,100 option. It's a great addition, especially if you're going to be spending a lot of time back here. There's so much added to the entire experience, thanks to the magic ride control. It just senses the road in front. It adapts to bumps and ruts. It rolls right over them, as if they don't even exist. Been driving long? MARK: Really? MR. TAKAHASHI: It doesn't show. As you'd expect from an S-Class, and especially a Maybach, it's as quiet as a crypt in here. Very little road noise. And even if there was, this has the massive Burmester sound system to drown pretty much anything out. I'm sure that even on the autobahn, doing 140 miles an hour would be just as quiet. Mmm. MARK: [GROANS] It's a very narrow class of cars that this Maybach competes against. And they're all really good. That includes the Bentley Flying Spur, which is about the same price as this. And then you get into things like the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II and Bentley Mulsanne, which start around $300,000. If you're looking at a $200,000 car, is a $300,000 car really going to break you? Probably not. MR. TAKAHASHI: It does have a panoramic sunroof above me, but it's closed right now because it's actually pretty hot, which might actually make a case for the magic sky control option. That is a dimmable sunroof. So if it's a hot day like today, but I still kind of want that airy feeling, I can hit a button and it will go opaque. It's lovely. There are also selectable drive modes, as you expect from any car these days. So that if I'm being chased down, he can throw it in dynamic mode and we can make a quick getaway. Of course, as a driver, you're not enjoying everything I have back here. It's really quite lovely. You should try it sometime. MARK: The Maybach represents more of a technological advancement over the others, which are more old world, British/German luxury. With all of these systems, all the advanced safety features, as well as the automated driving, it gets that tech edge. MR. TAKAHASHI: This is obviously the preferred seat in the Maybach. My driver, well, he's making do with what he's got up front. Quite honestly, he could be just as pampered as I am back here, but I don't allow that. The Mercedes-Maybach, is it worth it? If you have the money, yes, yes it is. It's a good thing we have that magic ride control too because he's hitting almost every bump there is. For more information on the Maybach, as well as its competition, head over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit subscribe. [JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING]
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Review
Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi gets behind the wheel of one of the finest ultra-premium luxury sedans: the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach. He shares his observations on how it drives and stacks up against its few rivals. But his pretentious alter ego contends that the only thing that matters is how opulent the rear seats are.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Maybach safety features:
- Active Brake Assist
- Warns if a front collision is imminent and will apply the brakes if you don't react in time.
- Active Emergency Stop Assist
- Detects if a driver is unresponsive when using the automated driving systems and will trigger alerts. If no action is taken, the car will slow to a stop.
- Evasive Steering Assist
- Automatically swerves to avoid an object, vehicle or pedestrian in the road if the adjacent lane is open.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach vs. the competition
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach
2018 Bentley Flying Spur
Mercedes-Benz Maybach vs. Bentley Flying Spur
The Flying Spur is more of a driver's car, in contrast to the Maybach's limousine-like focus. Even though power output is similar, the Bentley uses it in a more responsive and exhilarating manner. Either sedan offers an exquisite interior, but the Maybach gains an edge for its up-to-date technology features and luxurious rear-seat accommodations.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach vs. Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
The Ghost Series II shares only a fleeting similarity to the Maybach. It is based on BMW's 7 Series flagship sedan, a luxury rival to Mercedes' S-Class. The Rolls-Royce starts well above $300,000 compared to the Maybach's sub-$175,000 starting price. For that money, you get a big sedan that is more likely to turn heads, especially with the rear-hinged passenger doors. You also get far more customization options.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach vs. Bentley Mulsanne
You can easily spend twice as much for the Mulsanne than a Maybach without even taking the bespoke route. The Bentley holds an advantage for exclusivity, but in exchange, you lose out on some of the more technologically advanced features. Either will impress with power, quality and comfort, but the Mulsanne may seem more special, mostly because the Maybach is a bit too similar to a "regular" Mercedes S-Class.
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The class of ultra-premium luxury sedans contains only a handful of entrants. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach certainly qualifies and comes with some notable advantages. First off, it's the most affordable in the segment, though with a starting price of $170,000, affordability is relative.
The Maybach sedan is offered in S 560 4Matic and S 650 trims. As far as features go, the two trims are identical. The differences lie under the hoods. The S 560 4Matic is powered by a 463-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that sends power to all four wheels. The S 650 has a 621-hp turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 and is rear-wheel-drive only.
The list of standard features is ridiculously long, so you can expect every feature and luxury found in any other car in this class. Notable items include LED headlights, an adaptive air suspension, heated and ventilated multicontour front and rear seats with memory and massage functions, and heated armrests. The list continues with an IWC analog clock; an air fragrancer with the Energizing Comfort system, which combines audio, climate, fragrance and massage to enhance comfort); a night-vision camera system; an automated parking system; emergency evasive steering; airbags built into the rear shoulder belts; and a drowsy-driver monitoring system with emergency stop assist.
Options are limited to Magic Sky Control, which offers a dimmable sunroof tint; a rear center console, which reduces passenger capacity to four; dual rear entertainment systems; folding rear-seat tables; a refrigerated box between the rear seatbacks; heated and cooled cupholders; and silver Champagne flutes from Robbe & Berking.
Compared to its Bentley and Rolls-Royce competitors, the Maybach has a technological edge in terms of convenience features, automated driving and dynamics. What it lacks is the air of exclusivity since, from afar, it too closely resembles the Mercedes S-Class on which it is based. That said, it still makes a definite impression of wealth and status. If you're fortunate enough to be considering any of these fine automobiles, make sure to use all of Edmunds' tools to ensure you get the right one for your impressive budget.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Overview
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach is offered in the following submodels: Maybach Sedan. Available styles include S 560 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and S 650 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 7A).
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