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2014 Mercedes-Benz S 550

Original MSRP Range
$92,900 - $95,900
Available Style(s)
16 - 17 MPG City / 25 - 26 MPG Hwy
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2014 Mercedes-Benz S 550

What We Like

Techy features galore; amenities we never knew we needed, such as hot-stone massage and a built-in aroma atomizer; clean dashboard design with available snazzy finishes, such as metalized wood or quilted leather; satisfying acceleration despite bulk

What We Don't

Simple tasks require use of an overly complicated menu system; despite impressive speed, car feels big in corners; creating a truly lavish interior experience requires optional trims on top of 6-figure starting price


Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5


What's New in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 550?

The S-Class is completely redesigned for 2014  

Which S 550 is the Best?

All in all, the newest generation of S-Class manages to uphold the luxurious mystique of Mercedes-Benz's top-dog sedan. It's sleek, loaded with a delightful excess of luxury features and surprisingly capable of whipping lesser cars at stoplights -- especially when ordered with the pricey-but-sexy AMG package. But most buyers will most appreciate how the S-Class helps them forget the world and become coddled in Mercedes-Benz's cushy, cocoon-like automotive environment. 

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How Much Does a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 550 Cost?

On top of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550's lengthy standard-equipment list, the range-topping model adds new standard items for 2014, including collision-avoidance features, a 13-speaker Burmester sound system, ambient LED lighting and twin 12.3-inch, high-resolution screens on the dashboard and instrument cluster.

New options include what Mercedes calls Magic Body Control, which uses stereo cameras to scan the road surface ahead and adjust suspension damping accordingly. Available massaging front seats offer a hot-stone option, while a rear-seat package brings luxurious touches such as reclining seats and tray tables. An Air Balance Package includes fragrance, ionization and filtration functionality. Also available is an active parking system that forces the driver to trust in the car as it spins the steering wheel and creeps into a spot. The S550 can also be ordered with 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Opt for the more aggressive S63 AMG version, and you'll savor the splendor of a 557-horsepower twin-turbo V8 that churns an amazing 664 lb-ft of torque. That model is mated with a more aggressive all-wheel-drive system, and comes standard with the S550's Premium Package, which includes keyless entry, massaging, heated and ventilated seats, and rear-window sunshades. On top of other standard equipment such as torque vectoring for better handling and a high-performance brake and exhaust system, the S63 can be ordered with ceramic brakes and a more thorough seat-massaging function.

S 550 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
S-Class 4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC$95,900 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo44916 / 267-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
S-Class 4dr Sdn S 550 RWD$92,900 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo44917 / 257-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Mercedes-Benz S 550 Safety

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 550 a Safe Car?

More safety features than ever have been incorporated into the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, among them collision prevention, attention assist, active lane-keeping, distronic cruise control with cross-traffic sensing and an advanced pre-tensioning safety belt that operates from buckle. Other technologically advanced safety items include a night-vision system that can discern humans from animals and a pedestrian-sensing pre-brake system.

Though official crash-test results have not yet been released from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2014 S-Class should be among the safest large sedans on the market when it hits showrooms this September.


Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • designo Edition
  • Premium 1 Pkg
  • Sport Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Sport Pkg Plus One
  • Edition 1 Pkg
  • Rear Seat Entertainment Pkg
  • Night View Assist Plus
  • Warmth & Comfort Pkg


2014 Mercedes-Benz S 550 vs the competition

Audi A8 -- Audi has expanded its lineup of late, and the $75,100 A8 model is now a sibling to the sleek A7, which is available in a performance-focused RS7 variant. The A8 offers solid competition in this stratospheric category, delivering a fresh -- if somewhat conservative -- face in this otherwise staid segment. Regardless, there's plenty that should attract luxury-car buyers to the Audi A8.

BMW 7 Series -- The BMW 7 Series starts at $73,600 and offers a wider spectrum of cars compared to Mercedes-Benz's S550 and S63 variants. More focused on road feel, the BMW might be the car of choice for those who enjoy attacking a twisty road. But when it comes to overall differences between these two German sedans, it becomes more of a choice between the BMW's contemporary approach and Mercedes-Benz's typically classic treatment of luxury.

Lexus LS -- Though most of the Mercedes-Benz's lineup has become more driver-focused, the S-Class has inched towards Lexus territory in terms of its isolated ride characteristics and detachment from road feel. But the $71,990 Lexus still feels definitively Japanese and logically executed, making the Benz more rewarding for drivers and sybarites alike.

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