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Mercedes S CLASS 2022, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

May 21, 2022
Mercedes S CLASS 2022, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

Mercedes S CLASS 2022, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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#1 in Luxury Full-Size Sedans
2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class s500-4matic-sedan
TRIM MSRP

Fair Market Price

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5-Year Cost to Own / Rating
S500 4MATIC Sedan
$111,350 $120,539 Coming Soon / N.A.
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Fuel Economy:
21 / 30 mpg
Horsepower icon
Horsepower:
429@5,500
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Torque:
384@1,600
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Pros

  • Level 2 semi-autonomous driving tech
  • Augmented-reality navigation
  • Plush, controlled ride

Cons

  • More expensive than rivals
  • Big display isn’t for everyone

 

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Expert Review

 

Billy Rehbock

Mercedes-Benz introduced the seventh-generation S-Class luxury sedan for 2021. For the 2022 model year, it adds an even more luxurious Maybach model, with an available twin-turbo V-12 engine in addition to a twin-turbo V-8. The regular S-Class competes against BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS, Genesis G90, and Tesla Model S while the Maybach S-Class variants straddle the upper echelons of the full-size luxury sedan segment and the ultra-luxe tier occupied by Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

What’s New

 

  • MBUX Interior Assist front now standard
  • Center console in metallic black/silver now available
  • Center console with black dotted lines now available
  • New paint options include Nautical Blue Metallic, Kalahari Gold, Manufaktur Cashmere White Magno, Manufaktur Selenite Grey Magno
  • E-Active Body Control suspension now available, featuring Road Surface Scan and Curve drive program
  • All-new Maybach S680 4Matic

 

What We Think

 

Traditionally, the S-Class has been the benchmark for the luxury full-size sedan segment. It deserves to retain this reputation as Mercedes-Benz nailed the execution on the latest installment of its gas-powered flagship (read about the EQS-Class electric flagship here). All variants of the S-Class are stuffed with cutting-edge technology, including Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capabilities, augmented-reality navigation, and a 3-D gauge cluster. These features are integrated into the driving experience seamlessly.

Mercedes didn’t let the S-Class’ driving dynamics fall by the wayside while cramming all that tech into its flagship, either. This full-size luxury sedan exhibits excellent on-road poise and treats occupants to a comfortable ride. Aside from having what could possibly be too much tech for some folks, the only other downside to the S-Class is its segment-topping starting price.

The 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class variants exhibit all these great characteristics while adding flair to the exterior styling and unique touches to the interior. It has a lot of bling, but it also delivers in all the departments needed for a luxury vehicle at its price point. Speaking of price, the Maybach sedans represent somewhat of a good deal in the ultra-luxury world. The top-spec S680 starts at less than half the price of the Rolls-Royce Phantom while still exuding the glitz its target buyers expect.

Not sure which flagship Benz to spend your six figures on? In a comparison against the EQS580, the S-Class took the win thanks to its elegant styling, generous rear seat accommodations, and lengthy driving range.

Performance and Fuel Economy

 

A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard across the entire Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup. The base engine, which powers the S500, is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six coupled with the EQ Boost mild hybrid system. Output comes to 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.

At the next step up, the S580 gets its motivation from a mild hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that develops 496 hp and 516 lb-ft. The Mercedes-Maybach S580 uses the same powertrain, differentiating itself with a Maybach-specific drive mode rather than with different power figures. An S560e plug-in hybrid is also on the way. We expect it to combine an inline-six with an electric motor for close to 500 hp and up to 60 miles of electric range.

At the pinnacle of the S-Class hierarchy there’s the Mercedes-Maybach S680 that touts a potent 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine under the hood. It churns out 603 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, hustling this 5,200-pound sedan down the road without breaking a sweat, as we described in our First Drive review.

What Makes the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Special?

 

Aside from the available V-12 engine, the Maybach stands out from the regular S-Class with a variety of design changes. It receives a new grille and hood, a higher roofline, and a revised C-pillar. The exterior is a lot flashier than the more understated Mercedes-Benz S-Class models, especially with a variety of standard two-tone paint options. There are plenty of Maybach touches inside the cabin including Maybach pedals, Maybach seat graphics, and even a Maybach-specific scent. Of course, the S680 wouldn’t be complete without a refrigerator and champagne flutes, so Maybach throws all of that in, as well.

The Maybach S-Class comes standard with seating for five, but an executive four-seat arrangement is also available. Mercedes treats rear passengers to a special center console with controls and storage. Then it adds folding tables, heated and chilled cupholders, and additional USB and HDMI ports. There’s also Maybach-specific trim to round out the luxurious atmosphere.

Safety

 

Mercedes loaded up its full-size luxury sedan with safety features. Not only does it have Level 2 semi-autonomous capabilities, it also has stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with active lane centering, lane change assist, automatic emergency braking, and active parking assist. It also has a standard 360-degree camera system and dashcam.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

 

There’s 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the S-Class’ trunk. There’s also tons of space in the cabin. Front headroom is 42.1 inches for the regular S-Class, and rear headroom is 39.4 inches. Front legroom is 41.7 inches, and rear legroom is 43.8 inches. Maybach models have a 7-inch wheelbase extension, so rear passengers can stretch out while reclining their seats from an initial 19-degree angle to a relaxed 43 degrees.

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class: 41.7/43.8 inches
  • BMW 7 Series: 41.4/44.4 inches

 

Technology

 

Technology is a hallmark of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Its MBUX system identifies the driver via a facial scan, voiceprint, fingerprint, or typed PIN, and applies the individual’s presets the moment they enter the vehicle. The ​​3D Technology package adds a head-up display with augmented reality navigation and a 3-D instrument cluster.

A lot of tech affects the vehicle dynamics, too. The S-Class has standard air spring suspension, but now for 2022, available E-Active Body Control suspension promises an even more luxurious and composed ride; stereo cameras scan the road and communicate with the car’s computers so the suspension can predictively damp pavement imperfections. There’s also rear steering with 4.5 degrees of turning or an upgraded system with a whopping 10 degrees of flex.

Maybach models get even more luxury-centric technology. Heated and cooled cupholders ensure a more luxurious rear-seat experience. On the roof, switches open and close the back doors. Mercedes even places standard infotainment displays on the backs of the front seats for the enjoyment of the rear-seat passengers.

Recommended Trim

 

The entire S-Class line is compelling, but given the V-12 engine’s endangered status, we’re going to recommend springing for the Mercedes-Maybach S680. So few cars come with such a dazzling array of high-tech features while also offering 12-cylinder propulsion that the top-spec S-Class is a foolproof avenue to sheer, unadulterated luxury. Those with the means to hire a chauffeur will love the executive rear-seat appointments, and the latest suspension tech ensures a comfortable and relaxed journey. Mercedes-Benz prides itself on being “The best or nothing,” and the Maybach is the best of the best, at least this side of a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Billy Rehbock – MotorTrend

Score 8.7/10

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Starting at $112,150

2021 mercedesbenz s580 4matic
MICHAEL SIMARI|CAR AND DRIVER
  • HIGHSAs high-tech as a Silicon Valley startup, as lavish as a room at a royal palace, as nimble as much smaller sedans.
  • LOWSDoesn’t appear as grand as it is, digital gauges sacrifice craftsmanship, adaptive cruise doesn’t work as well as it should.
  • VERDICTThe S-class sedan remains the gold standard of large luxury cars with its cutting-edge tech and countless comforts.

Overview

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-class is as much a personal limo for the ultra-wealthy as it is a rolling showcase of the company’s latest tech. Not only does Mercedes’ iconic sedan have an interior that’s lined with the finest materials, but it also features huge OLED screens on the dashboard as well as a 3D-capable display and navigation with augmented reality.

Along with standard all-wheel drive, the S-class’s effortless acceleration comes from a 429-hp straight-six (S500) or a 496-hp V-8 (S580). Driving either model isn’t about excitement, it’s about isolation and relaxation, which is why the best seats are in the back. Still, this huge barge is surprisingly nimble around curves and in traffic, especially with the optional rear-axle steering. Regardless of the occasion, the 2022 S-class rises to it, which is why we named it to our Editors’ Choice list.

What’s New for 2022?

The 2022 S-class lineup receives a handful of new additions. Most notably, the company’s E-Active Body Control is now available. This fully active suspension system automatically adjusts damping and level control for each individual wheel to maximize ride quality and vehicle stability. Also newly available is the MBUX Interior Assist, which essentially recognizes gestures as well as hand movements towards the touchscreen or touchpad and highlights or activates the desired content.

The system can also tell the difference between the driver and front-seat passenger and store individual preferences. The S-class comes in new colors, too: Nautical Blue metallic, Kalahari Gold, Manufaktur Cashmere White Mango, and Manufaktur Selenite Grey Mango. The center console is now offered in metallic black and silver or with black dotted lines.

 

Pricing and Which One to Buy

S 500
$112,150
S 580
$118,750

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Although its starting price is significantly higher than the 2020 model, the new S-class boasts a host of modernizations and improvements to justify it’s six-figure price tag. We think the ultimate luxury item is a powerful engine, so we’d pay extra to have the 496-hp V-8 and the more prestigious S580 trunklid badge.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Mercedes offers the sedan with either a 429-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine on the S500 or a 496-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 on the S580. Both powertrains are supplemented by a 48-volt hybrid system (called EQ Boost) and pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

There will also be a plug-in-hybrid model that’s said to have about 60 miles of all-electric range. We’ve sampled the gas-powered sedan in its native Germany and on our shores, which showcased its different suspension and steering modes. While every model rides on an air suspension, the E-Active Body Control has a “curve” function” that subtly leans the car into corners. The S-class can also be equipped with an all-wheel steering system that makes the big-bodied Merc surprisingly easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

2021 mercedesbenz s580 4matic

MICHAEL SIMARI|CAR AND DRIVER

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The six-cylinder S500 is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Stepping up to the V-8-powered S580 drops those estimates to 16 mpg city and 25 highway. We’ve tested the latter on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, where it returned an impressive 32 mpg on the highway. For more information about the S-class’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the S-class prioritizes screens. Lots of them. The sedan is available with up to five, including a giant center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The latter works in concert with other technology to create a three-dimensional effect, but—thankfully—it can be turned off if you’d prefer the screens have a conventional appearance. There’s also an enhanced head-up display that will show navigation directions in augmented reality.

Basically, arrows move and turn in real-time to supposedly better assist the driver. The build quality and cabin materials live up to Mercedes’ upscale standards, and the sedan provides limousine-like accommodations for all passengers, specifically those riding in the back. The new model’s rear-seat area offers slightly increased headroom and legroom, and it can also be equipped with power-adjustable reclining seats that have massage functions and extensive heating elements.

Along with being physically coddled, those in the back should be mentally entertained by the optional rear-seat entertainment system that adds two 11.6-inch screens on the front seatbacks as well as the interactive LED interior lighting.

2021 mercedesbenz s580 4matic

MICHAEL SIMARI|CAR AND DRIVER

Infotainment and Connectivity

A cutting-edge infotainment system has become a hallmark of modern luxury cars, and Mercedes makes good on that with its latest and greatest interface. The sedan’s center stack is dominated by a huge 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen that sits portrait-style, but it doesn’t come with any sort of touchpad or rotary controller.

What it does come with is an enhanced version of Mercedes’ MBUX software that features improved voice-command functions and smartphone-esque capability, including facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. Of course, popular staples such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless charging are standard. The S-class sedan also has a standard Burmester 3D sound system, but a more powerful Burmester 4D stereo is available, too.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Every four-door S-class comes with an array of standard driver-assistance technology, including the ability to park itself and even take preventative measures to protect passengers when it detects an imminent collision. The sedan is also available with innovative features that include rear-seat airbags and an active suspension that will lift the car up to reduce the severity of damage during a collision. For more information about the S-class’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology

 

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Mercedes has surprisingly mediocre warranty coverage compared with the protection that’s offered by some other luxury brands. For example, Genesis offers a significantly longer limited and powertrain warranty. BMW and Jaguar also have some of the best complimentary maintenance in the biz.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

 

Specifications

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $112,150/$127,33

ENGINE
supercharged, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 in3, 3000 cm3
Power: 429 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 384 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.5-in vented, cross-drilled disc/14.1-in vented, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 255/35R-21 98Y MO-S
R: 285/30R-21 100Y MO-S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 126.6 in
Length: 208.2 in
Width: 76.9 in
Height: 59.2 in
Passenger Volume: 120 ft3
Trunk Volume: 13 ft3
Curb Weight: 4775 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.5 sec
100 mph: 11.1 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.0 sec @ 108 mph
120 mph: 16.4 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.2 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 128 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 340 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.92 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 24/21/30 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S580
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $117,350/$143,240

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 in3, 3982 cm3
Power: 496 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.5-in vented, cross-drilled disc/14.1-in vented, cross-drilled, grooved carbon-ceramic disc/drum
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 255/35R-21 98Y MO-S
R: 285/30R-21 100Y MO-S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 126.6 in
Length: 208.2 in
Width: 76.9 in
Height: 59.2 in
Passenger Volume: 120 ft3
Trunk Volume: 13 ft3
Curb Weight: 4992 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.9 sec
100 mph: 9.7 sec
¼-Mile: 12.5 sec @ 114 mph
120 mph: 14.0 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.8 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.7 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 129 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 350 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.87 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/17/25 mpg

 

BY ERIC STAFFORD – CAR AND DRIVER

 

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