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The S-Class has received a comprehensive mid-cycle revamp. A range of updated engines brings new trim levels. The nose and tail have been redesigned, with different bumpers and lighting, while the 2-door AMG variants have grilles evocative of the AMG GT supercar. The steering wheel has been redesigned. The infotainment system is updated. And the "Energizing Comfort" feature is also standard -- it combines various elements (like air conditioning, cabin fragrance system and massaging seats) to combat driver fatigue. The plug-in hybrid sedan skips this model year. An upgraded version is expected for 2019. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class models for sale near you
If you have reached a point in life where you're able to buy a brand-new S-Class, then you're probably adept at making smart choices. The easy thing here is that every choice is good. It all depends on what your requirements are.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is offered in S 450, S 560, S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG trim levels.
The coupe and cabriolet versions go on sale summer 2018, and are available in S 560, S 63 and S 65 forms.
The ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach stretched sedans come as an S 560 4Matic or an S 650.
The S 450 sedan ($90,895) comes standard with full LED exterior and interior lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, semi-active air suspension (Airmatic), adaptive dampers, automatic wipers with heated blades, wood/leather steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, synthetic leather upholstery (actually quite good), 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats with memory settings, cabin fragrance system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-closing doors and trunk, 115-volt power outlet, 12.3-in digital instrument panel, rearview camera, Bluetooth, Burmester surround-sound audio system with dual USB ports, HD/satellite radio, 10GB of music storage, Wi-Fi, navigation and the Comand infotainment system with a touchpad and its own 12.3-in display.
The S 560 sedan ($100,895) has many additional luxuries, such as quad-zone climate control, multi-contour rear seats with power adjustment and massage functions, and even heated door panels and armrests. It also has several driving aids, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, self-parking, Magic Body Control (which reads the road surface and adjusts the suspension accordingly), 360-degree camera system and active front seat bolsters.
The S 560 4Matic coupe ($125,495) also has automatic parallel parking, sport exhaust and real leather upholstery. The rear-drive S 560 Cabriolet ($134,295) has a power-folding fabric roof, heated/ventilated front seats, wind deflector, hands-free trunk lid and keyless entry/ignition.
The AMG S 63 sedan ($148,495), coupe ($168,695) and cabriolet ($180,495) have their own exterior styling enhancements, 20-in AMG wheels, upgraded brakes, performance suspension, front and rear parking sensors, predictive adaptive dampers (Magic Body Control), self-parking system, keyless entry/start, multi-contour front seats with active side bolsters and six massage programs, hands-free trunk access with a foot sensor and Nappa leather upholstery.
The AMG S 65 sedan ($230,495), coupe ($239,895) and cabriolet ($251,895) ice the cake with V12 engines and an assortment of AMG styling and performance upgrades.
The Maybach S 560 4Matic ($169,595) and S 650 ($199,695) have almost every luxury and safety feature, along with extra rear passenger space.
Many standard items in the higher models are optional on lower trims. Additional options include carbon-ceramic brake discs and exterior carbon fiber trim (AMG models only), night vision system, dual power rear seats with folding tables on the front seatbacks and a refrigerator for the rear cabin (these last two items can't be ordered with the coupe or cabriolet).
The sedan's trunk space measures 16 cu ft., average for the class. The coupe's trunk area is 10.4 cu ft., not particularly roomy. The cabriolet's cargo space is 12.4 cu ft. with the roof up, or 8.8 when it's folded away.
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2019 Audi A8 -- A new generation is due for 2019 and will no doubt be worth the wait.
2018 BMW 7 Series -- Phenomenal. Plenty of space and luxury appointments, but will also tempt you to demote the chauffeur to part-time duties.
2018 Jaguar XJ -- Available in regular or long-wheelbase forms. Luxurious yet surprisingly fun behind the wheel.
2018 Lexus LS -- All new for 2018 and a big improvement over the previous generation.
2018 Porsche Panamera -- The driver's choice. But no less luxurious because of that.
Used Rolls-Royce Phantom -- Perhaps the only car with more presence than an S-Class, the Phantom can be acquired in lightly used condition for the price of a high-end S-Class.