Luxury Redefined: Introducing the 2024 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The epitome of luxury sedans

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the gold standard for decades. Its sleek design, cutting-edge technology, and unparalleled comfort make it the ultimate driving experience. Whether you’re in the spacious back seat or behind the wheel, the S-class offers a luxurious interior complete with numerous large screens and premium leather. The trio of all-wheel-drive powertrains includes a silky smooth 429-hp turbocharged straight-six in the S500, a powerful twin-turbo V-8 with 496 horses in the S580, and a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid in the S580e. While the V-8 model is slightly quicker, the PHEV boasts impressive fuel economy and 58 miles of electric-only highway range. Regardless of the powertrain, every 2024 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers a smooth ride and exceptional handling. While competitors like the BMW 7-Series and Genesis G90 may share some similarities, the S-Class maintains its reign as the luxury sedan king.

Ranking the Performance of This Vehicle

What’s fresh and exciting for 2024?

For the 2024 model year, the S-class lineup remains largely unchanged. However, enthusiasts seeking a high-performance variant can consider the AMG S-class, which returns this year following a two-year hiatus.

Navigating Costs and Making the Right Choice

The cost of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz S-Class ranges from $118,450 to $129,300, with variations in trim and features affecting the final price.

We believe that the epitome of luxury lies in the power and performance of a vehicle’s engine, and as such, we would be willing to pay a premium for the high-end 496-horsepower V-8 engine and the esteemed S580 badge that graces the trunk lid.

Power Train and Dynamic Capabilities

Mercedes’ S-class sedan is available with a choice of three powerful engines: a 429-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder on the S500, a 496-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 on the S580, or a 510-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines an inline-six with an electric motor in the S580e. All models feature a 48-volt hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and 4Matic all-wheel drive. We’ve had the pleasure of driving each variant and have been impressed by their exceptional acceleration. Our test results show the S500 reaching 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, the S580e in 4.2 seconds, and the S580 in just 3.9 seconds. Every S-class sedan rides on an air suspension, and optional features like E-Active Body Control and all-wheel steering enhance its agility and maneuverability.

Maximizing Your Electric Vehicle’s Potential: A Guide to Range, Charging, and Battery Life

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the S580e is expected to have an electric range of 46 miles before its inline-six engine kicks in. However, in our range test, it exceeded expectations by delivering 58 miles, which is 14 miles more than any other plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) we’ve tested as of 2023. The standard 9.6-kW onboard charger is sufficient for charging the 22.7-kWh battery at home, but if you’re looking to rapidly recharge the battery using a public charger, the optional 60-kW DC charger is available.

Maximizing Fuel Efficiency: A Guide to Real-World MPG

The fuel efficiency of the S-class models varies depending on the engine choice. The six-cylinder S500 achieves 21 mpg in urban driving and 30 mpg on the highway, while the V-8-powered S580 sees a decrease in estimates to 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. However, our tests showed that the S580 achieved 32 mpg on the highway, exceeding its EPA estimate by nearly 10 mpg. Additionally, the S580e plug-in hybrid managed 36 mpg in the same test after its battery was depleted. For more information, visit the EPA’s website.

Optimizing Your Vehicle’s Inner Space

The S-class sedan boasts an impressive array of screens, with up to five available throughout the vehicle. The center touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster are particularly noteworthy, as they work together to create a 3D effect that can be disabled if desired. The sedan also features an enhanced head-up display that displays navigation directions in augmented reality, with arrows that move and turn in real-time to assist the driver. The interior is appointed with high-quality materials and offers luxurious accommodations for all passengers, particularly those in the rear. The rear seat area offers increased headroom and legroom and can be equipped with power-adjustable reclining seats that include massage functions and extensive heating elements. To keep rear-seat passengers entertained, the sedan can be equipped with an optional rear-seat entertainment system that includes two 11.6-inch screens on the front seatbacks and interactive LED interior lighting.

Seamless Integration of Information and Entertainment

The latest Mercedes sedan boasts a state-of-the-art infotainment system, showcasing a large 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen that takes center stage on the center stack. While it lacks a touchpad or rotary controller, the system has been upgraded with an advanced version of Mercedes’ MBUX software. This software features improved voice-command capabilities and smartphone-like functionality, including facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. Additionally, the sedan comes equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless charging. While the system offers a sleek and modern design, it can be slightly complex to navigate, requiring multiple screen touches to access certain features. The sedan also comes standard with a premium Burmester 3D sound system, with an upgraded Burmester 4D stereo available as an option.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features|Enhanced Protection and Driving Aids}

{Every four-door S-class comes with an array of standard driver-assistance technology, including the ability to park itself and even take preventative measures to protect passengers when it detects an imminent collision. The sedan is also available with innovative features that include rear-seat airbags and an active suspension that will lift the car to reduce the severity of damage during a collision. For more information about the S-class’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:|All four-door S-class models come equipped with an array of advanced safety features as standard, including autonomous parking and collision prevention systems. Additionally, these sedans can be equipped with innovative features such as rear-seat airbags and an active suspension system that can lift the vehicle in the event of a collision to minimize damage. For more information on the S-class’s safety performance, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key safety features include:}

– Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking

  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology|The vehicle boasts an advanced safety features, including:
  • A forward-collision warning system that alerts the driver of potential hazards and automatically applies the brakes in emergency situations
  • A lane-departure warning system that alerts the driver if the vehicle drifts out of its lane, accompanied by a lane-keeping assist system that adjusts the steering to keep the vehicle in its lane
  • An adaptive cruise control system that maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, with the added convenience of stop-and-go technology that allows the vehicle to resume its preset speed after coming to a stop.}

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage|Protection and Support for Your Investment

Mercedes has surprisingly mediocre warranty coverage compared with the protection that’s offered by some other luxury brands. For example, Genesis offers a significantly longer limited and powertrain warranty. BMW and Jaguar also have some of the best complimentary maintenance in the biz.|Mercedes’ warranty coverage, while still respectable, pales in comparison to the more comprehensive protection offered by certain other luxury brands. Genesis, for instance, provides a notably longer limited and powertrain warranty, while BMW and Jaguar stand out for their exceptional complimentary maintenance packages.

– Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance|- The warranty period is capped at four years or 50,000 miles for both the overall vehicle and the powertrain specifically. However, there is no included scheduled maintenance provided free of charge during this time.

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