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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is perhaps the finest luxury car on the market, and it has a price tag to match. It is loaded with the top of the line in comfort, performance, and technology. The many different options and combinations for trim and style means that you can really make the S-Class fit your needs and your budget, although if you are planning to spend a minimum of $100,000 on a new car, then perhaps budget is the least of your concerns. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sits on top of the totem pole when it comes to luxury cars, and in this post, you will learn about what makes it worthy of your attention.
What’s New for 2020?
The S-Class design dates back to 2014. Each year since then has incorporated shifts in the lineup in terms of new features and which elements are standard or optional across trims and styles. For that reason models a year or two back will be essentially similar but might have very different packages and offerings. Of course, older models do come with a significant discount, so think about what features you really want, because you can often find them on a 2019 or 2018 S-Class.
For 2020 specifically, the S-Class adds a new wave of standard features. The sedan gets the keyless entry and automatic parking features, which were not standard on that style previously. The coupe and convertible, meanwhile, now both come with standard massage front seats and a set of parking-assist cameras that provide a full surround view. Mercedes-Benz has altered the trim lineup as well. In previous years, the AMG trim line was available for all 3 styles as a performance build. In 2020, the top grade of the AMG is only available for the sedan, leaving that single style and trim combo as the apex of the S-Class offerings.
Styles and Trims
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is similar to other high-end Mercedes-Benz offerings when it comes to styles. There are three, in ascending order of quality and cost- the sedan, the coupe, and the convertible. Higher styles have more included features and different option sets, and their body design is also different (as the names imply).
When it comes to trims, the S-Class has several to choose from. The 450 is the entry-level sedan model. The 560 is an upgraded trim with a more powerful engine than comes in all three styles. The 560e is a hybrid version of the 560 line. The performance-enhanced AMG line begins with the 63. The 63 comes in all three styles and includes upgraded leather, an even more powerful engine, and numerous performance improvements like a sport suspension and race mode.
The top end of the scale is the 65. The 65 is a further enhanced sedan-style AMG trim with the largest engine of all and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, just about every S-Class option and package is included.
As alternatives, there are two Maybach trims that emphasize luxury and comfort. They have upgraded rear seats and a restyled interior. The 560 Maybach is based on the design of the 560 trim, and the 650 Maybach is based on the AMG 63 performance trims. The Maybach trims are only available in the sedan. Both Maybach trims offer an interior-enhanced alternative to the performance of the 65 super-performance trim.
Driving and Performance
As you might expect from a luxury car of this caliber, the driving experience is impeccable, as is the passenger experience. The major decisions come down to preferences in the available engines as well as the tech packages and options. The most significant issue with the S-Class is that the rear seats tend to feel too small in the coupe and convertible models, and the trunk size is smaller. However, the top-end trims are all limited to the sedan, so the best performance also has the best storage.
Gas Efficiency for the S-ClassThe amount of gas that the S-Class uses varies across styles and trims. The larger and heavier the engine is, the less fuel-efficient the car will be. The best-case scenario for the S-Class is the entry-trim sedan, which makes about 28 miles per gallon on highways and 19 in cities. For performance engines, MPG will drop by 4 or 5 for both miles and cities depending on the specific model and the local conditions.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz S-Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.