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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Looking for a little luxury in your life? Treat yourself to the all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available as either a coupe or a sedan. As a coupe, drivers can opt for one of three trim levels: S550 4MATIC, AMG S63 4MATIC, or AMG S65. As a sedan, drivers can opt for one of six trim levels: S550, S550 Plug-In Hybrid, S550 4MATIC, S600, AMG S63 4MATIC, and AMG S65.


Related: Read praise for the outgoing 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class


2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior

Elegant, sleek, luxurious. No other words describe the exterior (or the interior, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves) of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, whether it’s the coupe or the sedan. The sedan stands at just 58.7 inches, keeping low to the ground. The S-Class sedan is 206.5 inches in length and 83.9 in width, with a wheelbase of 124.6 inches. The 2016 S-Class coupe, however, is even shorter in height and length, at 55.8 inches and 197.9 inches. It’s also less wide (83.0 inches) and has a smaller wheelbase (115.9 inches).

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior Photos

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior

Exterior Features on the S550 Sedan, S550 4MATIC Sedan, and S550 Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

  • 18-inch twin 5-spoke alloy wheels, Panorama roof, LED daytime running lamps, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED taillamps, Soft-close doors, Electronic trunk closer, Illuminated entry system

Additional/Replacement Exterior Features on the S550 Coupe

  • 19-inch triple 5-spoke alloy wheels

Exterior Features on the S600 Sedan

  • 19-inch multispoke alloy wheels, Panorama roof, LED daytime running lamps, LED taillamps, Active full-LED headlamps, Electronic trunk closer, Soft-close doors, Illuminated entry system

Exterior Features on the AMG S63 4MATIC Sedan

  • 20-inch AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels, AMG body styling, Panorama roof, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED daytime running lamps, LED taillamps, Soft-close doors, Electronic trunk closer

Additional/Replacement Exterior Features on the AMG S63 4MATIC Coupe

  • 20-inch AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels, AMG body styling, Panorama roof, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED daytime running lamps, LED taillamps, Soft-close doors, Electronic trunk closer

Exterior Features on the AMG S65 Sedan

  • 20-inch AMG multispoke forged-alloy wheels, Carbon fiber engine cover, Panorama roof, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED taillamps, LED daytime running lamps, Electronic trunk closer, soft-close doors

Additional/Replacement Exterior Features on the AMG S65 Coupe

  • Headlamps with Swarovski crystal accents

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class performance

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Performance

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available with a variety of powertrains and drivetrains. The S550 sedan and the S550 4MATIC sedan both benefit from a 4.7-liter biturbo V8, good for 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. In both models, the engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The lone distinction is that the 4MATIC is built on an all-wheel-drive architecture, while the S550 is a rear-wheel-drive sedan. The S550 coupe is motivated by the same engine for the same output, while the S550 Plug-In Hybrid sedan takes its power (329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque) from a 3.0-liter V6 with a hybrid electric motor.

The S600 sedan relies on a 6.0-liter biturbo V12, coupled with a seven-speed automatic, to deliver 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.

The rear-wheel-drive AMG S63 4MATIC sedan and coupe both sport a 5.5-liter AMG biturbo engine under the hood. The engine is mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT automatic transmission and produces 577 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque. The ultimate machines, however, are the AMG S65 sedan and coupe, both of which take power from a handcrafted 6.0-liter AMG biturbo V12, paired with the seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT automatic tranny and laying down 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class efficiency

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Efficiency

Given the power behind the engines, it’s no surprise that fuel economy for the S-Class is noticeably low. The 4.7-liter biturbo V8 yields 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Even the plug-in hybrid powertrain only gets 30 mpg on the highway (24 in the city). It only gets worse from there. The 5.5-liter AMG biturbo V8 yields 15 in the city and 23 on the highway, and the 6.0-liter AMG biturbo V12 only manages 13 mpg in the city and 20 in the highway. The lowest rated is the 6.0-liter biturbo V12 powering the S600, which nets 12 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

Like the exterior, the interior of the S-Class is elegant and refined. Comfort, convenience, technology, and safety blend quite nicely into a space you wouldn’t mind spending over $100,000 to inhabit during car rides—you know, if you have that kind of money.

The S-Class coupe offers 39.7 inches of front headroom (39.2 rear), 41.4 inches of front legroom (43.0 rear), and 59.7 inches front shoulder room (59.1 rear), and a trunk capacity of 10.4 cubic feet. The S-Class sedan, on the other hand, offers the same dimensions for front passengers, but slightly less interior space for rear passengers. It does, however, boast a larger trunk, with 16.3 cubic feet of space.

Interior Features on the S550 Sedan, S550 4MATIC Sedan, and S550 Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

  • Burl Walnut wood trim, Wood/leather multifunction steering wheel, Multi-color ambient LED lighting, Heated 16-way power front seats with memory, Leather upholstery, Household-type 115-volt power outlet, Power rear-window sunshade, Dual-zone climate controls, HomeLink™ garage door opener, Cabin fragrance system, Cabin-air purification system, Dual 12.3-inch high-resolution screens, Voice control, Keyless-Start
  • 80GB hard-drive navigation, Dual USB audio ports, 10GB Music Register, COMAND system with touchpad controller, HD Radio receiver, FrontBass system, Sirius XM Radio with 6-month trial, Bluetooth®, Gracenote media database, Burmester Surround Sound system

Additional/Replacement Interior Features on the S550 Coupe

  • Burl Walnut wood trim, Nappa leather upholstery, Nappa leather multifunction sport steering wheel, Keyless-Go
  • PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist

Additional/Replacement Interior Features on the S550 Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

  • Certified allergy-friendly cabin
  • Mercedes-Benz mbrace, In-car WiFi hotspot

Interior Features on the S600 Sedan

  • Heated 12-way power front seats with memory and massage; Multicolor LED ambient lighting; Cabin fragrance system; Heated power rear seats with memory and massage; Power right rear footrest; Heated armrests and door panels; Heated steering wheel; Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery; Keyless-Go; 4-zone automatic climate control; Power rear-window sunshade and sunblinds; Hands-free access; Household-type 115-volt power outlet; HomeLink™ garage door opener; Dual 12.3-inch high-resolution screens; Voice control
  • Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system, Sirius XM Radio with 6-month trial, Hands-free Bluetooth® interface, COMAND system with touchpad controller, 80GB hard-drive navigation, Head-Up display, Dual USB audio ports, Gracenote media database, TuneIn world radio, FrontBass system, Rear seat entertainment system

Interior Features on the AMG S63 4MATIC Sedan

  • Black Poplar wood trim; AMG Nappa leather steering wheel; IWC® “Ingenieur” analog clock; Burl Walnut wood trim; Nappa leather headliner; Heated 12-way power front seats with memory and massage; Cabin fragrance system; Nappa leather upholstery; Keyless-Go; Dual-zone automatic climate control; Illuminated front door sills; Power rear-window sunshade and sunblinds; Hands-free access; Household-type 115-volt power outlet; HomeLink™ garage door opener; Dual 12.3-inch high-resolution screens; Voice control
  • PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist, 80GB hard-drive navigation, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM Radio with 6-month trial, Gracenote media database, COMAND system with touchpad controller, Dual USB audio ports, 10GB music register, TuneIn world radio, HD Radio receiver, FrontBass system, Burmester Surround Sound system

Additional/Replacement Interior Features on the AMG S63 4MATIC Coupe

  • Certified allergy-friendly cabin, Head-Up display
  • Surround View System, In-car WiFi hotspot

Interior Features on the AMG S65 Sedan

  • AMG Nappa leather steering wheel; Exclusive trim with AMG V12 detailing; Burl Walnut wood trim; DINAMICA headliner; Heated 12-way power front seats with memory and massage; Multicolor LED ambient lighting; Cabin fragrance system; Heated power rear seats with memory and massage; Power right rear footrest; Heated armrests and door panels; Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery; Keyless-Go; 4-zone automatic climate control; Power rear-window sunshade and sunblinds; Hands-free access; Household-type 115-volt power outlet; HomeLink™ garage door opener; Dual 12.3-inch high-resolution screens; Voice control
  • Surround View system, Active Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist Plus, Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM Radio with 6-month trial, Gracenote media database, 80GB hard-drive navigation, Dual USB audio ports, 10GB Music Register, FrontBass system, HD Radio receiver

Additional/Replacement Interior Features on the AMG S65 Coupe

  • Black Poplar wood trim, Nappa leather headliner, designo Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery, Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Active Blind Spot Assist, In-car WiFi hotspot

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class safety

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Safety

As a luxury model, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded with more standard (and some optional) active and passive safety features that most other sedans and coupes on the market. While several of its advanced safety features vary by trim, below is a list of safety features standard across all trims.

Standard Safety Features

  • Rearview camera
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Attention Assist
  • Antitheft alarm system
  • 11-way airbag protection
  • Magic Vision Control
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Crosswind Assist

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