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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class driving through the city at night

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the epitome of luxury sedans, the benchmark by which others are measured. The new generation gives buyers an updated look and premium performance.

Why Buy the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

This generation of the impressive and imposing S-Class arrived in the 2014 model year, so the 2018 version is an update but one that boasts an incredible 6,500 new parts. As a genuine flagship model, the S-Class sets the tone for the rest of the Mercedes-Benz range, especially where the styling is concerned. If you want a recipe for trickle-down success through the rest of a vehicle range, the S-Class is definitely the way to go. You'll get all the elegance, poise, and seriousness a car of this distinguished class needs to have, but also a hint of sporty athleticism that's not always found at this level. This year the front and rear bumpers have been restyled, as well as the headlights and taillights. The headlights are wide-beam intelligent LEDs with three prominent brows defining their inner edges, and all versions now boast the stunning grille that used to be the province of V-12 models.

Which Mercedes S-Class Should I Buy?

You'll be choosing between four models in the S-Class line: the S 450, the S 450 4MATIC®c, the S 560, and the S 560 4MATIC®. If you're looking for a truly performance-driven vehicle, you can opt for the two AMG® versions, the AMG® S 63 and the AMG® S 65. If you were given a blank sheet of paper to write down everything you'd want and need to have in the ultimate luxury vehicle, you'd probably need a second sheet to write down everything you get standard on any of these models. Most of the features are similar across the range, so when you're choosing your model you'll likely be choosing based on performance and price. If the staggering list of standard features still isn't enough for you, you have a list of some pretty mind-boggling options as well, such as a 24-speaker Burmester 3-D surround sound system, a MAGIC SKY CONTROL® panoramic sunroof that can be adjusted for opacity front and rear, and of course, a head-up display.

Is the Mercedes S-Class a Good Car?

If you had a group of judges holding up score cars for the interior of the S-Class, you can bet all of them would be holding up a perfect ten. Not only is this more than likely the best, most comfortable, and most luxurious interior in the automotive world, it's also the least stressful interior you can experience. That's because the Mercedes now features an Energizing Comfort system, which brings together a number of onboard systems to help alleviate stress. Using climate control, seat heaters/coolers, seat massagers, music, ambient lighting, and a fragrance diffusion system, the Energizing Comfort system creates five different programs ranging from cool and invigorating to warm and calming. You can also choose between three Training programs that make use of the seat massagers to work on those tired muscle groups.

How Does the S-Class Perform?

The S-Class is a car that's just too big and too heavy to be frisky and agile, but Mercedes has fitted it out with all manner of clever performance technology to offset the size and weight as much as possible. But as far as power is concerned, the S-Class has it by the bucketload and, as you would rightly expect, the ride is positively sublime. You'll choose between three new engines this time around, with the standard unit being a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 developing 362 horsepower. Next up is a 4.0-liter V-8 bi-turbo, which then gives the mighty Mercedes 463 horsepower and a massive 516 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. Then there's the S 65, with an almost ridiculous 6.0-liter V-12 that puts a staggering 621 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. at your disposal. Below the S 65 is the S 63 with a 4.0-liter V-8 putting out 603 horsepower, but if you're going to go to this kind of level, you might as well go the whole way.

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