2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

MSRP range: $140,000 - $185,400
MSRP$141,050
Edmunds suggests you pay$139,690

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review
  • Engines are both powerful and efficient
  • Interior blends traditional opulence with cutting-edge technology
  • Silent, comfortable cabin
  • Rear-wheel steering adds excellent low-speed maneuverability
  • Some driver assistance options have questionable value
  • The ride borders on too soft in its Comfort setting
  • Completely redesigned
  • Tech forward interior is dominated by a 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • New optional road-scanning suspension provides new levels of comfort and stability
  • 2021 model kicks off the seventh S-Class generation
What is the S-Class?

The S-Class has long been Mercedes-Benz's flagship vehicle platform to showcase the company's capabilities in luxury, comfort and technology. For 2021, Mercedes-Benz has comprehensively redesigned the S-Class and looks to continue the tradition of innovation and elegance that has long defined this iconic sedan and keep it ahead of rivals such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Porsche Panamera.

The most recognizable changes can be seen inside the new S-Class. It flaunts a larger touchscreen and fewer physical buttons, proof that Mercedes has delved further into using technology to enhance the comfort and driving experience. Even with a tech-heavy appearance, there's still the opulence and attention to detail S-Class buyers expect. Of course there are many, if not more, changes beneath the subtle metal restyling, featuring a retuned suspension, more sophisticated advanced driver aids and an impressive rear-wheel steering system. 

What's under the S-Class' hood?

Initially, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will offer two engine choices, both paired to a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The S 500 4Matic is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the S 580 4Matic gets you a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 good for 496 hp and 516 lb-ft. We fully expect more engine options to come later, including higher-performance AMG variants, a silky smooth Maybach powerplant and perhaps some more eco-friendly hybrids too.

So far we've only driven the S 580 and found the power from the V8 to be more than adequate and befitting of a full-size luxury sedan. There's an abundance of low- and mid-range torque, which means the engine doesn't have to work too hard to provide strong acceleration. Shifts from the nine-speed automatic are nearly imperceptible and add to the luxurious nature of the S-Class. Even under full throttle, the S-Class doesn't break character since it pulls smoothly, with only a hint of V8 growl, all the way to redline.

The six-cylinder and V8 are augmented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system Mercedes calls EQ Boost. While it doesn't allow for electric-only propulsion, the EQ Boost system does augment the gasoline engine in certain situations, adding to the overall smoothness of the driving experience.  This is most impressive in low-speed driving situations, like slow-moving traffic, where the EQ Boost system adds just that little bit of extra acceleration without the transmission needing to downshift. Perhaps the most impressive benefit is the absolutely seamless stop-start actuation. With nary a shudder, the engine can be turned off and back on again for increased efficiency. The EQ Boost makes every other stop-start system on the market feel and sound clumsy by comparison.

The 48-volt system also powers the optional E-Active Body Control suspension system. In Comfort mode, it activates the Road Surface Scan feature, which uses stereo cameras to detect imperfections in the road surface and adjusts the suspension to glide over them with uncanny ease. In Curve mode, the vehicle leans into turns, much like a motorcycle. It's initially a strange sensation from behind the wheel, but passengers will probably notice a distinct lack of body roll and jostling.

Of the three suspension modes — Comfort, Sport and Sport+ — surprisingly, we found ourselves preferring the Sport+ setting. It provides excellent high-speed body control with very little detriment to ride quality. To our mind, the Comfort setting is simply too soft and felt too floaty at all but the lowest speeds. Thankfully, the S-Class lets the driver mix and match different settings for the engine, steering and suspension to create a more personalized experience.

There's definitely no getting around the sheer size of the S-Class, especially if you're navigating a tighter road. But thanks to the adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering system (this reduces the big sedan's turning circle, allowing it to turn as sharply as the compact A-Class sedan), it is much more adept than you'd expect. Tight hairpins are negotiated like a car half its size, while high-speed sweeping curves highlight its exceptional stability. And parking the S-Class is a breeze — valet drivers will likely fight over the chance to maneuver it in a tight parking lot.

How's the S-Class' interior?

The new S-Class interior represents a significant shift from previous models. The broad dashboard top gives the impression that it starts at the hood before gracefully cascading down to a center console dominated by a 12.8-inch vertically oriented touchscreen. Mercedes eliminated 27 switches and buttons from the last-generation S-Class, leaving a sleek and modern cockpit. But it's one that may cause more distractions if you prefer using the touchscreen for basic audio and climate control functions.

The virtual instrument panel looks similar to other displays in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but it features a visually stunning 3D effect. To the driver's eyes, it looks as though the gauges are floating upright, while the information panel between them is set farther back or flat while in map mode. It may not be all that useful, but it certainly turns up the wow factor and is the best-executed example of a 3D instrument panel on sale today.

The entire cabin is outlined with sharp multicolor ambient lighting that sets the mood but also alerts occupants to possible hazards by flashing red in certain situations. As with previous S-Class models, the quality of materials exceeds expectations even in this prestigious class.

How comfortable is the S-Class?

Comfort is the absolute priority in the S-Class, but that priority isn't limited to only the driver. Every occupant enjoys a generous amount of leg- and hiproom, and if you like a built-in massage function, you're in luck — massaging front seats are standard equipment. After hours of driving, you'll likely feel no fatigue and arrive at your destination refreshed and relaxed. That is a hallmark of a truly comfortable car.

If rear seat comfort is a concern, the S-Class offers three options: a standard bench seat, Comfort Seats and Executive Seats. All provide three-passenger seating, but the Comfort and Executive options offer reclining seats, the latter allowing for up to 43.5 degrees of recline. Heated cushions for the rear headrests, massage functionality and even rear passenger airbags are all available.

As you'd expect in a luxury sedan, interior noise levels are extremely low. Wind noise is at a minimum even at higher speeds, and in our test car, the twin-turbo V8 engine was only rarely heard. Credit can go to multi-layer windows but also to new acoustic foam that has been injected into critical body panels and structural components. We wouldn't be surprised if the new S-Class was one of the most serene cars on the market today at any price.

How's the S-Class' tech?

Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system was an immediate hit with us when it debuted a few years ago. This new S-Class gets an updated version with more features, but for some buyers it may also be a step backward. The tracepad found on current MBUX systems is gone, though the driver can control the system via touchscreen, voice and capacitive pads on the steering wheel. Those who favor the previous tracepad or dial controller might find the new system distracting to operate. During our time in the new S-Class, we found the new touchscreen both easy to use and fast-acting. We came to rely on both voice commands and touchscreen interactions equally to achieve our desired changes.

On the plus side, the voice functions are more robust than those in last year's S-Class and give the driver substantial eyes-free control of the MBUX system. A new head-up display helps keep your eyes on the road by appearing to project information in the distance rather than directly in front of the driver. As an added bonus, an augmented reality overlay superimposes animated arrows when your navigation route has a direction change; in previous MBUX systems, that overlay was shown in the main infotainment screen. Audio prompts for route directions can also be isolated to the driver's headrest speakers so music isn't interrupted for other passengers.

The S-Class allows for different driver profiles to ensure their preferred settings for seat adjustments, mirror positioning, audio presets and so on. Unlike other cars with these features, the S-Class uses a variety of techniques to identify the driver and passengers, including facial recognition, a fingerprint scanner or a simple four-digit code.

How will the S-Class keep me safe?

As expected of a luxury vehicle in this price range, the S-Class offers a full suite of safety features, plus a few other goodies. All of the optional driving aids from the last-generation S-Class are now standard. It also has the hardware needed for hands-free driving, but the system won't be activated until Mercedes is confident it's ready for public use. Once approved, the Mercedes' hands-free driving system will be available as an over-the-air update.

In addition to all of the standard advanced safety features, the available Pre-Safe Impulse Side system uses the E-Active Body Control hardware to help keep occupants safer in a side collision. If the system detects an imminent accident, the ride height of the vehicle will instantly rise, increasing the likelihood that the frame-reinforced side sills will take the brunt of an impact rather than the less rigid doors.

How's the S-Class' storage?

Interior storage for your personal effects isn't what we'd consider generous, but it should be adequate for most people. The door pockets, center armrest bin and cupholders are average in size, and there is an additional rubberized tray behind the big center screen.

The trunk space is deep but somewhat narrow. You should be able to fit enough luggage back there for a couple's getaway, but accessing the deeper recesses of the trunk will require an awkward stoop to reach them. Large golf bags will likely need to be inserted headfirst since there are no storage pockets aft of the wheel humps. Depending on the rear seat configuration, the rear seatbacks can fold for more space.

EdmundsEdmunds says

With its full redesign, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class leaves no doubt that it offers one of the most technologically advanced and refined driving experiences on the market. Bristling with technology that provides not only comfort but also intense personalization as well as safety, the S-Class again sets a new standard for a luxury sedan. It might take some buyers a bit of time to adjust to the radically new interior, but our time in the new S-Class has left us deeply impressed. We can't wait to put it through our battery of expert vehicle evaluations.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class video

MARK TAKAHASHI: It's been seven years since the iconic Mercedes Benz S-Class was last redesigned. Even as the current S-Class heads out to pasture, it remains the Edmunds top-rated luxury sedan in its class. Nevertheless, it's about time for a new one, and here it is, the all-new seventh-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan. The S-Class name, which is short for [GERMAN], special class in German, debuted in the early 1970s but has roots going all the way back to the mid 1950s. Over the years, the S-Class has been the standard for luxury, comfort, and refinement, but it's also known for innovation and developing emerging technologies. Many features we take for granted today debuted on an S-Class, features like crumple zones, standard airbags, seat-belt pretensioners, voice recognition, and stability control. It's a fair bet that this new S-Class will uphold that tradition of innovation. But before we get to the details, hit that Subscribe button below and head over to edmunds.com for all your car-shopping needs. Also visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer for your vehicle. When the S-Class goes on sale in the first half of 2021, it'll be just a little bit bigger, about two inches wider, two inches longer between the front and rear wheels, and just over an inch in length. So far, we know about the two main engines, the S500 4MATIC has a 3-liter turbocharged inline six cylinder that makes 429 horsepower and 384 pound feet of torque. The S580 4MATIC gets a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 that's good for 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. Both get some electrification through the EQ Boost system that adds 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's an electric motor that acts as a starter generator and gives some extra oomph when needed. A nine-speed auto is the only transmission, and those 4Matic names denote all-wheel drive. Speaking of wheels, the new S-Class will be available with four-wheel steering. The concept is nothing new, but this version will allow the wheels to turn up to 10 degrees in the back. Mercedes claims it will reduce the turning circle to less than 36 feet, which is what you'd expect from the much smaller A-Class. Mercedes is also making the E-Active Body Control available, which I experienced on the GLE drive. Not only does it keep body roll under control but it counteracts it by leaning the car into turns, much like how a motorcycle does. It's a little weird from the driver's seat, but as a passenger, it greatly reduces any jostling. It also powers the Pre-Safe impulse side system. This feature detects an imminent side collision and lifts the vehicle ride height to ensure the strongest parts of the vehicle take the brunt of the impact instead of the passengers. Returning is Road Surface Scan which scans the road ahead with stereo cameras and adjusts the suspension to deliver the smoothest ride possible. From previous experiences, we can say it's magic over speed bumps. You don't even notice them. Since this is such an iconic sedan and I'm into design, let's talk about the design. First off, yes, it's more of an evolution, just as every S-Class in history has been, but with some special elements that kind of kick it up a notch. First off, yes, we have the upright physical emblem right here on top of the hood rather than built into the grille, which has been a staple of the S-Class for time immemorial. Now we have the new grille too, which has some nice little bevels here on the top corners, and it's slightly bigger, both in terms of height and width, but I think it works. I'm not too crazy about this sensor panel here, but when you realize how many things are packed behind it, it does make sense. And when you think about that it may have level three hands-free driving sometime in the future-- not just yet and definitely not at launch-- yes, it's pretty easy to put up with those panels. Further down, we look at this hood which is pretty much a clean sheet, not a lot of fussiness going on, and I like that. It gives a more substantial, heavy look, which is what you want from a big German luxury sedan, right? Further down, well, we have this character line that starts at the headlights and goes all the way to the taillights. It's a little higher than before. Used to run maybe closer to the door handles, but now it's this nice accent that runs all the way down. And again, we have more of this clean sheet down here without any messiness or accessories that aren't necessary. Doesn't have that little chrome tab off of a 7 Series that really throws me, and it gives it that imposing presence that you want. Also, new for 2021 are these recessed door handles. Yes, everyone's going to say it's a ripoff of Tesla, but you know what? It worked for Tesla. It'll work for Mercedes too. And as we get to the back of the vehicle, well, it's a little different, maybe not what I was quite expecting. It's tapering down a little bit. It's also tapering in a little bit, which kind of makes me feel like it's a little weak. Also, I'm not too crazy about these triangular taillights that remind me of the A-Class or CLA. For an S-Class, I want something a lot more distinctive, big, bold. They do have this chrome strip going across, but that doesn't give it the presence that I'm quite looking for. Odds are, though, I'll be fine with it after I see it on the road a couple times. Of course, since it's a luxury sedan, the interior is vitally important, so let's check it out. The interior design is, well, pretty special. First off, from the driver's seat, you get the impression that the hood continues on into the dashboard. It's almost as though there's no break where the windshield starts, and that's a really special feeling and something that you don't get in any other car. But let's address the elephant in the room first, which is the big touchscreen in the middle. I do like touchscreens. I've been a huge fan of the Mercedes MBUX system, but I think I'm going to need a little time with this to get a full judgment on this. If you've seen the design video I did a few months ago, you'll know that I'm not a big fan of taking away buttons. And according to the press release, they removed about 27 physical buttons out of the interior. So there aren't any real physical shortcuts that you can just use knowing that you're hitting the button with your fingertip anymore, so you do have to take your eyes off the road to adjust things. But since it's the MBUX system, you can still use your voice as well. You can just simply say, hey, Mercedes, I'm a little hot, and it'll turn the temperature down for you. The new steering wheel is missing the kind of black thumb-scrolly things they used to have, but there is a capacitive-touch-button thing here that works the same. So you can control the main screen with your right hand on the steering wheel, and you control the instrument panel with the left thumb-scrolly thing. It's a technical term. Bear with me. There are a lot of new features to talk about, and it starts as soon as you get in the car. On the instrument panel here, you'll see this little notch, kind of like what you'd see at the top of an iPhone X. But behind that notch is actually a bunch of sensors and cameras that are watching your eyes. It's also face recognition. So when you sit down, it will recognize you if you turn on that feature. If you're a little paranoid about privacy, well, you can turn that off, but it also has this fingerprint scanner here which does the same thing. It tells the vehicle who you are and what your preferences are for audio, climate control, as well as seat position. There's also a cool feature in the app and in the setup here where you can just tell the car how tall you are and it will try its best to adjust the seat for you. It's a nice little novelty, and I'd like to try it out at some point. Otherwise, the screen is very easy to read. It's very sharp. It's quick to respond. According to the engineer, it has 50% more computing power, and it shows. There's really no delay. It's nice, smooth scrolling. And most of the stuff you'd get here, you can get on this instrument panel too. The instrument panel, well, that deserves some serious love too. This has this 3D imaging feature where it looks like the dials are floating in space, but the nav map behind it is kind of flat and trailing away from you. It is super cool. And you have these different themes that you can choose. My favorite is the Sport which gives you this almost tunnel view. It's very, very trippy. I hope you'll be able to gain an appreciation for this on video. If not, definitely check it out when it shows up in the dealerships. It's not just a novelty. It's just super cool. Also new is a much larger head-up display that projects the image very large, and visually, it seems like it's about 30 feet ahead of the car. The cool thing with the head-up display, though, is it has the same type of augmented-reality overlay that the previous MBUX system had. So if you have a destination set in the navigation, when you have a turn coming up, it will overlay those arrows right where you need to turn on the road. Greatly simplifies navigating a city that you're unfamiliar with. It takes a lot of the stress out of driving. As far as materials quality goes, well, Mercedes-Benz has pretty much been unassailable when it comes to the S-Class. Honestly, if you want something better, you're going to have spend a hell of a lot more money. We're talking Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Let's also talk about the interior ambient lighting. I've always been a fan of it. It gives the interior this cool, almost lounge-like vibe, but they took it a step further with the new S-Class. If there's a hazard coming up, these lights will actually change and flash to red to alert you of that. Also when you have the passenger exit alert, as soon as you start reaching for the handle, the sensors will pick it up. It'll tell you if a vehicle or bicyclist or something else is coming up behind you, warning you not to open the door. And the interior ambient lighting will change red to alert you to that as well. There's also a new 360-degree camera system, which is a bit like BMW's where you can set it and sort of scroll around to see what's around the vehicle, giving you a much better idea if you're about to hit something in a very tight parking spot. It works well in the BMW, and I think it will work just as well in this S-Class. There will be some hands-free semi-autonomous driving available but not at launch. It's possible that we will get that as an over-the-air update since the hardware is already in the car, but the good thing is a lot of the driver assists that were optional on the previous S-Class are now standard. So you get the Distronic adaptive cruise control and the traffic-jam assist. So if you're in dense traffic, you can actually have the car drive you up to a certain speed. On the highway, though, you still have to have your hands on the wheel, and it will warn you after about 10 or 12 seconds to put your hands on the wheel. Otherwise, it has a lot of potential to be the next big tech sedan. But it's a big sedan, so let's check out the rear seats too. [MUSIC PLAYING] No surprise. I have plenty of room back here with the seat set for me up front. Tons of space under the seat. Can't even really touch the seat with my toes and plenty of headroom as well. So I'm 5 foot 10. Most adults will be just fine back here. Of course, it slides, reclines, and all that goodness. Now, as you can see, this is a four-seat model, which won't be available in the US, at least not in the beginning. There's hints that it will be available on other S-Classes in the future. You can fill in the blanks there. But it will be a three-seat back here. But the center will fall down, and you do have a nice, big center console. The bigger innovation back here is actually for safety. There's a new airbag built into the backs of the front seats. That kind of balloons out and almost catches the passengers back here like a catcher's mitt for that added assurance just in case things go horribly, horribly wrong. Another cool accent that I like that I thought maybe other people should do is these illuminated seat-belt buckles. So on a dark night, you don't really have to fumble around down there to get cinched in. If you opt for the rear entertainment system, you have a lot of the same options you do with other rear entertainment systems. That includes if you're looking up a destination, you can send those directions up to the driver. Also, you can easily share the content from one screen to another, whether it's music or video. It's a nice touch. Now once we do get to drive this, I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time back here, and I'll be able to give you much more solid impressions of comfort and ride quality. As far as cargo capacity goes, you should have no problem squeezing a ton of luggage for a couple's getaway. The space itself is really deep, but it's actually kind of narrow You don't have that cutaway here behind the wheel well, so if you have some big golf bags, you're probably going to have to squeeze them in diagonally. But, hey, you can still get them in there no problem. And honestly, you probably have them stored at the club anyway. There are some nice touches. You have these bag holders here so your contents don't go scattering across and you don't have to chase down everything. Otherwise, it should meet all of your expectations for hauling stuff. Without driving this new S-Class, it's impossible to tell whether or not it'll retain its Edmunds top-rated status, but things are definitely looking favorable against the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Porsche Panamera. We should have a more complete review with driving impressions as we get closer to the on-sale date in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, head on over to edmunds.com for the latest news on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class as well as its competition.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$140,000
MPG & Fuel
16 City / 26 Hwy / 20 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.1 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 463 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 198.1 in. / Height: 55.8 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 83.0 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 74.8 in.
Curb Weight: 4784 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A

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Is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 S-Class both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz S-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the S-Class gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the S-Class has 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class:

  • Completely redesigned
  • Tech forward interior is dominated by a 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • New optional road-scanning suspension provides new levels of comfort and stability
  • 2021 model kicks off the seventh S-Class generation
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Is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the S-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the S-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 S-Class is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $140,000.

Other versions include:

  • AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $185,400
  • S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $140,000
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the next question is, which S-Class model is right for you? S-Class variants include AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of S-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is offered in the following submodels: S-Class Sedan, S-Class Coupe, S-Class Hybrid, S-Class Convertible, S-Class AMG S 63. Available styles include S 560 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG S 63 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), S 580 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A), and S 500 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A). Mercedes-Benz S-Class models are available with a 4.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 603 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $141,050. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,360 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,360 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $139,690.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 1% below the MSRP.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $186,450. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,568 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,568 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $184,882.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Classes are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
20 compined MPG,
16 city MPG/26 highway MPG

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 63 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
19 compined MPG,
16 city MPG/26 highway MPG

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 63 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
17 compined MPG,
14 city MPG/24 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG20
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement4.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase115.9 in.
Length198.1 in.
WidthN/A
Height55.6 in.
Curb Weight4740 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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