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Cosmetic tweaks here and there. The S 560 versions of the coupe and cabriolet are available in Exclusive Editions that bundle various features together. The S 560e plug-in hybrid sedan is expected to join the range mid-2019, but details were scarce when compiling this review. See the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class models for sale near you
S-Class cars are big and luxurious, so it makes sense to have the S 560 V8-based powertrain. And if it doesn't come as standard, the self-parking feature will prove its worth many times. Find a Mercedes-Benz S-Class for sale
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is offered in S 450, S 560, AMG S 63 and AMG S 65 trim levels.
The coupe and cabriolet versions are available in S 560 (AWD/4Matic in the coupe, RWD in the cabriolet), AMG S 63 and AMG S 65 forms.
The ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach stretched sedans come as an S 560 4Matic or an S 650.
The S 450 sedan ($92,245) comes standard with full LED exterior and interior lighting, 19-in alloy wheels, 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, an 115-volt power outlet, a 12.3-in digital instrument panel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a Burmester surround-sound system with dual USB ports, HD/satellite radio, 10 GB of music storage, Wi-Fi, navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and the Comand infotainment system with a touchpad and its own 12.3-in display.
The S 560 sedan ($102,345) 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, a self-parking system, Magic Body Control (which reads the road surface and adjusts the suspension accordingly), a 360-degree camera system and active front seat bolsters.
The S 560 4Matic coupe ($126,445) also has automatic parallel parking, a sport exhaust system and real leather upholstery. The RWD S 560 Cabriolet ($135,295) has a power-folding fabric roof, heated/ventilated front seats, a wind deflector, a hands-free trunk lid and keyless entry/ignition.
The AMG S 63 sedan ($150,545), coupe ($170,445) and cabriolet ($181,095) 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), a self-parking system, keyless entry/start, multi-contour front seats with active side bolsters and six massage programs, a hands-free trunk access with a foot sensor and Nappa leather upholstery.
The AMG S 65 sedan ($233,545), coupe ($242,245) and cabriolet ($254,245) ice the cake with V12 engines and an assortment of AMG styling and performance upgrades.
The Maybach S 560 4Matic ($172,195) and S 650 ($201,345) 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 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 cu ft. when it's folded away.
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