What’s New for 2019?
The 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class gets a slight makeover this year, with new 2-tone paint schemes, updated styling and more interior luxury features. Top line modes receive new 20-inch wheel designs, and those with money to burn can order an extra clear coat layer applied by hand by specially trained varnishers.
What We Like
Handsome interior and exterior; exceptional performance (especially with V12); amazing amenities
What We Don’t
After the dismal failure of Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach brand, the automaker switched to something a little different: The Mercedes-Maybach Sedan, a full-size luxury sedan that combines S-Class underpinnings with the amenities and features of an ultra-luxury car.
What amenities, you ask? Just about anything you can imagine, including airplane-style tray tables for rear passengers, a 24-speaker Burmester sound system, heated and cooled rear cupholders, reclining rear seats, an automated parking system and heated and ventilated rear seats. Under the hood, there are two choices: The S 560 uses a 463-horsepower turbocharged V8, while the top-of-the-line S 650 boasts a 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 that makes 621 hp and a truly amazing 738 lb-ft of torque. In other words, this thing is loaded.
But then again, it had better be loaded, considering its base price is expected to start around $175,000 before options, which are surprisingly plentiful. That makes the Mercedes-Maybach Sedan considerably more expensive than the standard S-Class — a full-size upscale sedan generally agreed to be one of the most luxurious cars on sale today.
Is it worth it? That’s for you to decide. But in spite of the long list of features and amazing powertrain, the 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has one strong demerit against: It looks a lot like a traditional S-Class. We suspect most shoppers will want to stand out a little more for their $175,000-plus, and instead choose a Bentley Flying Spur or a Rolls-Royce Ghost. Those who don’t mind the Mercedes’ look, however, will get a true taste of opulence in this flagship sedan.