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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview (See Available Styles)

Mercedes' flagship S-Class full-size sedan seats five in two luxurious rows. A number of different powerful engines are available, as are high-performance AMG editions. The 2012 S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

For 2012, a diesel-powered S350 Bluetec all-wheel-drive version is available, and the S550 features a new 4.6-liter V-8 with direct injection that makes 429 horsepower.

The S-Class receives no major styling changes for 2012. Exterior features include 18-inch 10-spoke wheels for the S400 Hybrid and 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels for the S63 AMG. LED daytime running lights are available.

Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel. Standard interior features include the "mbrace" telematics system and Comand system with 7-inch dash screen and center-console control knob. The split-view dashboard screen can show different content at same time for driver and passenger. Options include massaging front seats, an infrared night-vision system that projects a black-and-white video image onto the instrument cluster display, lane departure warning system, and driver drowsiness monitor.

In addition to the hybrid V-6 and diesel V-6, available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions. The S400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic with a total system output of 295 hp. The Gas-powered S350 has a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 while the S550 features a new 429-hp, 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8 and both come with a seven-speed automatic. The S600 is powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic. High performance AMG models have even more power; the S63 AMG has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 536 hp, works with a seven-speed automatic and includes a start/stop feature (optional Performance Package increases output to 563 hp). That is topped by the S65 AMG and its 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 and a five-speed automatic.

Safety features include Mercedes-Benz's Pre-Safe system, which can tighten the front seat belts, close the sunroof and side windows, and adjust passenger seats for optimal safety when it senses an impending collision. The S-Class can also get Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Pre-Safe Brake. Pre-Safe Brake works in conjunction with Distronic Plus radar signals and can slow the car automatically to lessen the severity of a collision. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, front and rear side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, and an electronic stability system.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 12 - 21 MPG
  • Highway: 19 - 31 MPG

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

19 of 19 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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