Tech features galore; amenities we never knew we needed; breathtaking acceleration; astonishingly confident handling; impeccable refinement
COMAND infotainment interface can complicate simple tasks
Following its debut last year, the S-Class welcomes a coupe variant into the fold, and V12 power arrives in the form of the S600 and S65 AMG models. Minor equipment updates round out the changes.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 is offered in four trim levels: S550, S63 AMG, S600 and S65 AMG. All are available in the sedan body style, while all except the S600 are also offered in the coupe body style.
The S550 sedan ($95,325) and S550 coupe ($120,825) come standard with a V8 engine and luxuries including full LED exterior and interior lighting, a semi-active air suspension (AIRMATIC), adaptive dampers, a wood and leather steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, 16-way power front seats with memory settings, a cabin fragrance system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-closing doors, a power-closing trunk, a 115-volt power outlet, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a Burmester surround-sound audio system with dual USB ports, mobile Wi-Fi, hard-drive-based navigation and the COMAND infotainment system with a touchpad-enhanced controller and a 12.3-in display screen of its own.
The S63 AMG sedan ($142,375) and S63 AMG coupe ($161,825) add more power and torque, subtle 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 S600 sedan ($167,825) drops the S63 AMG's sport-themed features but boasts a V12 engine, a unique grille, 19-in wheels and numerous additional luxuries, such as quad-zone climate control, multicontour rear seats with power adjustments and massage functions, an executive passenger-side rear seat with a power footrest, and even heated door panels and armrests.
The S65 AMG sedan ($222,925) and S65 AMG coupe ($231,825) put the icing on the cake with a more powerful V12 and an assortment of AMG styling and performance upgrades.
Many of the standard features on higher trims are optional on lower trims. Additional options include carbon-ceramic brakes and exterior carbon-fiber trim (AMG models only), dual power rear seats with folding tables on the front seatbacks and a refrigerator box for the rear cabin.
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2015 Audi A8 -- The A8 offers solid competition in this stratospheric category, delivering capable performance and a beautifully trimmed interior, albeit in a rather conservatively styled package.
2015 BMW 7 Series -- The 7 Series is one of the older models in this segment, but consistent updates have kept it fresh.
2015 Lexus LS -- As ever, the LS is a value play, providing similar feature content for less coin. Its aggressive front fascia may stretch the boundaries of good taste, however.
Used Rolls-Royce Phantom -- Perhaps the only car on the road with more presence than an S-Class, the Phantom can be procured in lightly used condition for the price of a high-end S-Class.