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2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

4dr Sdn 5.5L V8 RWD

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  • $89,350 original MSRP
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2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

The S-Class remains not only the flagship for the Mercedes-Benz line but also the model that premieres some of the world's latest automotive technology. No matter the trim, buyers can expect to be pampered in an interior that's limousine-like and technology-packed. The AMG S63 and S65 models offer luxurious comfort yet capable performance for spirited driving.

What's new for 2009?

Steering-wheel shift paddles are now standard across the S-Class line, as are redesigned push-pull power-window controls. All models also get a new Brake Hold feature that makes uphill starts a little easier. V8 S550 models get increased standard equipment, including active ventilated-heated front seats, a wood-and-leather-trimmed steering wheel and a power trunk lid.

Model Strengths

  • Very comfortable ride
  • rear seat space
  • maneuverability
  • leading-edge technology

Model Review

The S-Class comes in two primary trims, the V-8-powered S550 and the V-12-powered S600. The S550 produces a 382-horsepower via a 5.5L V8, while the S600 features a 510-horsepower 5.5L V-12. There are also two high-performance AMG versions, the S63 and S65, which are also powered by 518-horsepower, 6.3L V8 and 604-horsepower, 6.0L V12 engines, respectively. The AMG S65's V12 has twin turbos and makes an astonishing 738 pound-feet of torque.

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Source: The Car Connection

To bring you this inclusive review of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, experts at TheCarConnection.com searched the Web for the best observations from vehicle critics and reviewers. Combined with driving opinions from our own editors, TheCarConnection.com hopes that this review will be of more use to shoppers than any individual road test.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a long-held reputation for being a sort of standard-bearer for high-class luxury sedans; the S-Class doesn't so much compete with prestige luxury cars such as those from Bentley and Rolls-Royce, but it holds the high-water mark for high-tech safety features and electronics-laden conveniences. Mercedes-Benz last gave the S-Class a major redesign in 2007; at that time, the big luxury sedan became a little more curvaceous and fun to drive, and of course stepped up the number of leading-edge features.

Powertrains on the U.S.-spec S-Class include a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 in the S550, a 510-hp, twin-turbo V-12 in the S600, and a 604-hp version of the V-12 in the S65 AMG models, as well as a V-8 AMG model, the 518-hp S63 AMG. The S550 can get to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds, but the S600 can make it in a mere 4.5 seconds.

The S550 is also offered in a 4Matic all-wheel-drive model, which TheCarConnection.com recommends for those who drive frequently in winter conditions. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class V-12 models come with a five-speed automatic transmission, while V-8 models get a seven-speed automatic; both have Touch Shift manual control.

The standard S550's powertrain provides plenty of muscle to move the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class with authority, but the S600's V-12 kicks in an extra measure of omnipresent torque and is especially quiet and refined. However, you can feel the added weight of the engine in the S600, and it doesn't handle with quite as much agility.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S63 and S65 AMG up the ante with spiffy add-ons like Active Body Control suspension, a SpeedShift transmission system, high-performance tires, a sport exhaust, aerodynamic lower bodywork, Drive-Dynamic ventilated multicontour seats with exclusive leather upholstery, and special gauges.

Thanks to a host of electronics, the S-Class handles quite well. The standard Airmatic suspension has adaptive damping to adjust quickly to rough roads or fast driving on switchbacks. All 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class models have a very absorbent, well-settled ride that manages to soak up small potholes with little jarring inside the cabin and remain remarkably quiet.

The latest version of Mercedes-Benz's COMAND screen-based interface replaces the clutter of smaller controls in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but it's not always as intuitive as it could be. The S-Class's interior is very spacious and well designed. The shift control is located along the steering column, which frees up the center console area compared to other vehicles, and the instrument panel has a simple but very elegant design, with a broad, sweeping horizontal theme and impressive-looking wood veneers.

Standout features of the S-Class include "smart" cruise control, called Distronic Plus, which can slow the car as traffic dictates, making it possible for the driver to "set and forget" the cruise control over a wider variety of operating conditions. For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets new steering-wheel shift paddles, redesigned power window switches, and a "Hold" braking feature. There's also a new Night View system, which allows the gauge area to turn into an infrared camera view of the road ahead, and concert-hall-quality 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound stereo. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers a panorama-style roof, Active Body Control (ABC) suspension, and heated/ventilated front seats with built-in massager. Even the base S550 has a wood and leather steering wheel, active ventilated and heated front seats, new wheels, and a power trunk lid.

Anti-lock brakes and stability control are standard on the S550, along with a hill-start assist system to keep you from rolling backward when facing uphill. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not been crash-tested in the United States, but it enjoys a long-standing reputation as one of the safest vehicles in the world; safety features include front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active head restraints, adaptive brake lights, and the Pre-Safe system, which prepares safety equipment for an anticipated collision.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the best vehicles in the world--but you'll pay for it.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Std
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Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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