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The cabriolet variant is new. So is the Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic. A 9-speed automatic transmission is now in S550 models, and the sedan has the option of Magic Sky Control for its sunroof (where it can go darker or lighter at the touch of a button). The previously optional Sport appearance package for the S550 coupe is now standard, along with AMG-design 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels. See the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class models for sale near you
The entry-level S550 sedan is quick, civilized and well-equipped (even with no options). But at this level, any version is a winner. Find a Mercedes-Benz S-Class for sale
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is offered in five major trim levels: S550, S550e, S600, S63 AMG and S65 AMG. All are available as sedans; all except the S550e and S600 are also offered as coupes and cabriolets. Add to that list the Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic and S600 ultra-luxury sedans.
The S550 sedan ($97,525) and S550 coupe ($123,675) come standard with full LED exterior and interior lighting, 19-in alloy wheels, a semi-active air suspension (Airmatic), adaptive dampers, automatic wipers with heated blades, a wood/leather steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, synthetic leather upholstery (actually quite good), 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats with memory settings, a cabin fragrance system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-closing doors and trunk, a 115-volt power outlet, a 12.3-in digital instrument panel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a Burmester Surround Sound audio system with dual USB ports, Satellite/HD Radio, 10GB of music storage, mobile Wi-Fi, hard-drive-based navigation, and the Comand infotainment system with a touchpad-enhanced controller and its own 12.3-in display screen.
The coupe also has automatic parallel parking, a sport exhaust and real leather upholstery. The S550 Cabriolet ($132,325) has a power-folding fabric roof, heated/ventilated front seats, a wind deflector, a hands-free trunk lid and keyless entry/ignition.
The S550e sedan ($97,525), the company's first plug-in hybrid, has to accommodate a battery pack, so its trunk space is 12.2 cu ft., compared to the regular sedan's 16.3 cu ft. Otherwise, it's equipped like an S550 sedan.
The S600 sedan ($108,675) has many additional luxuries, such as quad-zone climate control, multicontour 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), a 360-degree camera system and active front seat bolsters.
The S63 4Matic AMG sedan ($145,625), coupe ($166,675) and cabriolet ($177,325) have their own exterior styling enhancements, 20-in AMG wheels, upgraded brakes, a performance suspension, front and rear parking sensors, predictive adaptive dampers (Magic Body Control), a self-parking system, keyless entry/start, multicontour front seats with active side bolsters and six massage programs, hands-free trunk access with a foot sensor, and Nappa leather upholstery.
The S65 AMG sedan ($227,825), coupe ($237,175) and cabriolet ($248,825) ice the cake with V12 engines and an assortment of AMG styling and performance upgrades.
The Maybach S550 4Matic ($167,125) and S600 ($192,225) 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), a night-vision system, dual power rear seats with folding tables on the front seat backs, and a refrigerator for the rear cabin (these last two items can't be ordered with the coupe or cabriolet).
The coupe's trunk area is 10.4 cu ft., which isn't particularly roomy. The cabriolet's cargo space is 12.4 cu ft. with the roof up or 8.8 cu ft. when it's folded away.
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2017 Audi A8 -- Offers solid competition in this stratospheric category, delivering capable performance and a beautiful interior. A new generation is anticipated for the 2018 model year, however.
2017 BMW 7 Series -- This current generation debuted for 2016, and it's phenomenal. Plenty of flagship sedan space and luxury appointments, but it will also tempt you to demote the chauffeur to part-time duty.
2017 Jaguar XJ -- Available in regular- or long-wheelbase forms. Luxurious yet surprisingly fun behind the wheel.
2017 Lexus LS -- A value proposition providing regular luxury content for a lower cost.
2017 Porsche Panamera -- The driver's choice. A new generation arrives for 2017 with updated styling.
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.