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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Full-Size Luxury Sedan (7th-gen, W223, V223)

NEX score 77%

Product Overview

The 7th-generation S-Class (W223 / V223) is the latest flagship luxury sedan in the model lineup of Mercedes. Based on the 2nd-gen modular MRA platform, the new S-Class is marginally larger than its predecessor. Air suspension is standard, while the new E-Active Body Control replaces the Magic Body Control found in earlier models.
An evolution rather than revolution design-wise, the W223 adopts design elements that have emerged in Mercedes' vehicle lineup since the launch of the W222. Inside, Mercedes has prioritized technology in this update. The 2nd-gen Mercedes-Benz Experience (MBUX) dominates the experience, with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and an optional 12.8-inch OLED center display.
Further novelties include the rear-wheel steering that is able to turn the rear wheels to a maximum of 10 degrees, rear-seat airbags, and a head-up display with augmented reality navigation. The headlights can project symbols on the road to warn the driver of incoming obstacles.
At launch, only six-cylinder models are available. More powertrain configurations are expected in 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Impressive range of driver-assistance features
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Impressive range-topping performance
  • Comfortable ride
  • Fantastic infotainment tech
Cons
  • Lack of standard driver aids
  • Lacklustre gearbox
  • Lack of social acceptance
  • Lacklustre ride quality
  • Lack of standard four-wheel steering
  • Not the most comfortable to drive
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Specifications

Variants:
S350d
S400d
S450
S500
S580

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
550 L

Chassis

Chassis Type
Unibody
Suspension | Front
Multi-link + Air suspension (std) or E-Active Body Control
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link + Air suspension (std) or E-Active Body Control
Turning Circle
10.5 m (SWB, RWD) ~ 12.8 (LWB, AWD)

Construction

Body Style
Full-size sedan
Platform
Mercedes-Benz MRA

Dimensions

Size | Height
1503 mm
Size | Length
5179 mm SWB / 5289 mm LWB
Size | Width
1921 mm flush door handles / 2109 mm w/ mirrors
Track Width | Front
1660 mm
Track Width | Rear
1688 mm
Wheelbase
3106 mm SWB / 3216 mm LWB

Performance

S350dAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
6.4 sec
S400dAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
5.4 sec
S450Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
5.1 sec
S500Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.9 sec
Coefficient Of Drag
0.22
S350dFuel Economy
6.7-6.2 L/100km
S400dFuel Economy
7.0-6.5 L/100km
S450Fuel Economy
8.4-7.8 L/100km
S500Fuel Economy
8.4-7.8 L/100km

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
RWD or AWD
S350dEngine | Displacement
3.0 L
S400dEngine | Displacement
3.0 L
S450Engine | Displacement
3.0 L
S500Engine | Displacement
3.0 L
S350dEngine | Power
286 hp @ 3400-4600 rpm
S400dEngine | Power
330 hp @ 3600-4200 rpm
S450Engine | Power
367 hp @ 5500-6100 rpm
S500Engine | Power
435 hp @ 5900-6100 rpm
S350dEngine | Torque
600 Nm @ 1200-3200 rpm
S400dEngine | Torque
700 Nm @ 1200-3200 rpm
S450Engine | Torque
500 Nm @ 1600-4500 rpm
S500Engine | Torque
520 Nm @ 1800-5500 rpm
S350dEngine | Type
I6, OM656
S400dEngine | Type
I6, OM656
S450Engine | Type
I6, M256
S500Engine | Type
I6, M256
Transmission | Gears
9-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic (9G-TRONIC)

Production

S350dAvailability
2020-12
S400dAvailability
2020-12
S450Availability
2020-12
S500Availability
2020-12
S580Availability
2021
Debut
2020-09-02

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The S500 4Matic adopts the latest in Mercedes’ EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology. There are four different driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. An additional Individual mode allows you to tailor the characteristics of the steering, throttle and damping to your liking. The S500 is quick, too, sprinting effortlessly to three-figure speeds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Impressive range-topping performance
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lacklustre gearbox

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Mercedes’ 2.9-litre turbocharged diesel 400d engine is a good fit for the S-Class. It proves torquey, quiet (except when working hard at revs) and real-world frugal. All it lacks is much in the way of alluring audible charm. Pedal response is ever gentle and progressive, and the car’s outright performance level greater than most will regularly tap. Handling is secure, contained and very predictable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lacklustre on-board refinement
  • Not the most comfortable to drive

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
S 350d AMG Line will be the first car available with Level 3 autonomous driving capability when law allows in certain markets next year. The S-Class handles surprisingly tidily for such a big car, with precise steering and minimal body roll. The real star of the cabin is the huge, high-resolution OLED centre touchscreen that comes with the latest MBUX infotainment software.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredibly quiet
  • Impressive infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of standard four-wheel steering

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
There's a new 12.8-inch touchscreen with fingerprint recognition. The 12.3-inch driver display is available with 3D tech and it'll watch you, too, so you only have to look at the door mirror you want to adjust. The car will also recommend a driving position. The latest MBUX infotainment features augmented reality for the nav.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment tech
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lacklustre ride quality
  • No 3D TV

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The base S580 is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine with an opulent 518bhp including the EQ Boost bonus. The S580e connects the 353bhp/369lb ft six to a 148 bhp/325lb ft e-motor fed by a 28.6kWh battery. The main attractions are combined torque of 553lb ft and an unrivalled zero-emissions range of over 60miles.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Powerful diesel engine
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of social acceptance
  • No 48-volt system

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S580 starts at $117,350. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 496 horsepower. This may be the final generation of the combustion-powered S-Class. The S580 is bound to be a road trip king for those thrones alone.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality interior
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lack of standard driver aids

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2020 review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/mercedes-benz/s-class/first-drives/mercedes-benz-s-class-2020-review. 2020-10-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Mercedes-Benz S400d 4Matic L AMG Line 2021 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/mercedes-benz/s-class/first-drives/mercedes-benz-s400d-4matic-l-amg-line-2021-uk-review. 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
3. ^ New Mercedes S-Class 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mercedes/s-class/353570/new-mercedes-s-class-2020-review. 2020-10-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Mercedes S-Class 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mercedes/s-class/353570/new-mercedes-s-class-2021-review. 2021-05-14. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
5. ^ Mercedes S-Class (2020) review: the new ‘smart’ car. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/mercedes-benz/s-class-saloon/. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ 2021 Mercedes-Benz S580 review: The benchmark once again. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-mercedes-benz-s-class-s-580-4matic-sedan-review/. 2021-07-29. Retrieved 2021-07-31.

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