|EPA Est. MPG||21|
|Drive Train||All Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Volume||124 cu ft|
|Curb Weight||4850 lbs|
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is just a bit more accessible than its predecessors thanks to a new entry-level model. Starting at $90,000, the V6-powered S450 costs about $10,000 less than the traditional V8-powered S560. Beyond that, the sportier and more powerful AMG S63 and AMG S65 push well past the $150,000 mark. At the pinnacle of luxury are the Mercedes-Maybach models that are covered separately. The 2018 S-Class coupe and convertible follow similar pricing and feature structures.
Standard feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power trunklid, an air-ride adaptive suspension, soft-close doors, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an air fragrancer, a power rear sunshade, a 12.3-inch display with Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound system. Standard safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and a drowsy driver warning system.
The S560 coupe and convertible add ventilated front seats, premium leather and an automated parking system. The convertible also features a folding soft top, Airscarf neck heating, and the Aircap system that deploys wind blockers atop the windshield and between the rear headrests.
The optional Premium package additions include ventilated front multicontour seats with massage functions and instant heating, power rear window sunshades, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera system and a hands-free trunk opener. It's a prerequisite for other add-ons such as the Executive Rear Seat package (rear multicontour seats with massage functions and seat-cushion airbags) and the Executive Rear Seat Plus package (adds a center console, heated and cooled cupholders, and two fold-out tables). Other packages add heated interior surfaces and more creature comforts for rear passengers.
The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control with full-speed range, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, frontal cross-traffic collision alert and mitigation, a map- and sign-based speed limiter, active blind-spot assist, active lane change assist as well as other passenger protection systems.
Other add-ons include a dimmable tint for the sunroof, a heated windshield, Magic Body Control, a night-vision camera, a head-up display, a backseat refrigerated compartment, a rear-seat wireless charging pad and a premium Burmester audio system.
Compared to its primary competition, including heavyweights such as the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a starting price that is several thousand dollars higher. These rivals have a bit more of a performance focus along with driver engagement, while the Mercedes S-Class puts opulence and traditional luxury at the forefront. There's not a bad choice in the bunch and all of Edmunds' in-depth reviews and shopping tools can help you find the right luxury sedan for you.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is offered in the following submodels: Sedan, AMG S 63, AMG S 65, Convertible, Coupe. Available styles include S 560 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), S 450 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), and S 450 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). S-Class models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 S-Class comes with all wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2018 S-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class features & specs
|Fuel Type||premium unleaded (required)||premium unleaded (required)||premium unleaded (required)|
|Basic Warranty||4 yr./ 50000 mi.||4 yr./ 50000 mi.||4 yr./ 50000 mi.|
|Base Engine Type||gas||gas||gas|
|Base Engine Size||4.0 l||3.0 l||3.0 l|
|Transmission||9-speed shiftable automatic||9-speed shiftable automatic||9-speed shiftable automatic|
|Drivetrain||all wheel drive||all wheel drive||rear wheel drive|
|Horsepower||463 hp @ 5250 rpm||362 hp @ 5500 rpm||362 hp @ 5500 rpm|
Is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class a good car?
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S 450 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
This is a truly refined automobile. I traded in my 2017 BMW 740i for the 2018 S450. There is very little comparison to the two cars. The Mercedes is quick, smooth riding and handling, stays in a straight line with little driver input which was not the case with the BMW 7 Series. The vehicle corners precisely and does not handle like a 4500+ pound luxury sedan - but more like a 3800 pound vehicle. This car is, without doubt, the most beautiful, fun-to-drive and most comfortable luxury sedan I have every driven - and I have owned more than 40 luxury sedans in my lifetime. The pricing on this car is about $10,000 less than the S560 - mostly due to the V6 bi-turbo as opposed to a V8 bi-turbo. I drove both models and found the S450 to be a bit more nimble. Be prepared to surround yourself in the epitome of luxury, performance, audio, as a well as a myriad of driver safety features like adaptive cruise, adaptive lane departure, adaptive blind spot monitoring (which cause the car to remain in the lane if a car is detected on either side of you. Self-steering is precise as is the adaptive cruise. I'll update my review as I build up the miles. In summary, this is a luxury sports sedan while the BMW 7 series tends to be a more sporty handling vehicle. The new 9 speed transmission and driver-selected ride and handling options (Comfort, Sport, Economy) make the world of difference in this new S Class entry. Audio System is not to be believed - like listening to a live performance.
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2018 mercedes-benz s-class S 560 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
21 combined MPG
17 city MPG/27 highway MPG
2018 mercedes-benz s-class S 450 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 combined MPG
18 city MPG/28 highway MPG
2018 mercedes-benz s-class S 450 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 combined MPG
19 city MPG/28 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
Available Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan, Coupe, S63 AMG, Convertible, Diesel, AMG S 63, S55 AMG, S63 AMG 4MATIC, AMG S 65, S 63 AMG 4MATIC, S 65 AMG, S65 AMG
Available Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2018 Trims: S 550 4MATIC, S550 4MATIC, S550, S 560 4MATIC, S430, S63 AMG, S 450, S 550, S430 4MATIC, S 560, S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, S500, S500 4MATIC, AMG S 63, S55 AMG, S63 AMG 4MATIC, AMG S 65, S 450 4MATIC, S 63 AMG 4MATIC, S 65 AMG, S 600, S320 LWB, S350, S600, S65 AMG
Exterior Colors: Black, Iridium Silver Metallic, designo Diamond White Metallic, Palladium Silver Metallic, Anthracite Blue Metallic, Magnetite Black Metallic, Diamond White Metallic, Lunar Blue Metallic , Obsidian Black Metallic, Selenite Grey Metallic, Desert Silver Metallic, Ruby Black Metallic, Alabaster White, Andorite Grey Metallic, Arctic White, Barolo Red Metallic, Diamond Silver Metallic, Flint Grey, Flint Grey Metallic, Capri Blue Metallic, Black Opal Metallic, Bordeaux Red Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Midnight Blue, Moonstone Gray Metallic, Pewter Metallic, Polar White, Tectite Gray Metallic, designo Allanite Grey Magno, designo Graphite Metallic, designo Mocha Black, designo Mocha Black Metallic, designo Silver Metallic
Interior Colors: Black Leather leather, Black leather, Black Nappa Leather premium leather, Cashmere/Savanna leather, Silk Beige/Espresso Brown Leather leather, Silk Beige/Espresso Brown Nappa Leather premium leather, Black premium leather, Black Nappa premium leather, Grey/Dark Grey premium leather, Silk Beige/Espresso Brown leather, Black Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, Crystal Grey/Seashell Grey Leather leather, Grey/Dark Grey leather, Nut Brown/Black Leather leather, Nut Brown/Black Nappa Leather premium leather, Silk Beige/Espresso Brown Exclusive Nappa premium leather, designo Armagnac Brown, Ash, Cashmere/Savanna premium leather, Charcoal, Crystal Grey/Black Nappa premium leather, Crystal Grey/Seashell Grey Nappa Leather premium leather, Porcelain/Espresso Nappa premium leather, designo Saddle Brown/Black Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Saddle Brown/Black Nappa premium leather, Black Premium premium leather, Sahara Beige/Black leather, Ash premium leather, Cashmere/Savanna Premium premium leather, Charcoal leather, Crystal Grey/Seashell Grey Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, Crystal Grey/Seashell Grey leather, Deep Sea Blue/Silk Beige designo Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, Java, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown premium leather, Mahogany/Silk Beige premium leather, Nut Brown/Black leather, Porcelain/Black Nappa Leather premium leather, Porcelain/Black premium leather, Savana/Cashmere leather, Savanna/Cashmere leather, Silk Beige/Espresso Brown Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Bengal Red/Black Nappa premium leather, designo Black Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Crystal Grey/Black Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Exclusive Crystal Grey/Black Nappa premium leather, designo Exclusive Porcelain/Espresso Nappa premium leather, designo Graphite Nappa, designo Light Brown, designo Porcelain/Espresso Brown Exclusive Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Silk Beige/Satin Red Pearl Semi-Aniline Exclusive Leather premium leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Trip Computer, Sunroof/Moonroof, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Pre-collision safety system, Heated seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Upgraded Headlights, Bluetooth, Post-collision safety system, Power Liftgate/Trunk, AWD/4WD, Aux Audio Inputs, USB Inputs, Cooled Seats, Parking sensors, Mobile Internet, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Back-up camera, Automatic Emergency Braking, Remote Start, Keyless Entry/Start, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Heads up display, 360-degree camera, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Rear Entertainment System, Soft Top, Upgraded Stereo, Upgraded Engine
Engine/Mechanics: 8, 6, 12 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required), diesel, regular unleaded
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, rear wheel drive
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