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MSRP: $94,400 - $230,900
Invoice: $87,792 - $214,737
MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

With gorgeous styling, first-rate materials and superb insulation from outside noise, auto writers agree that the interior of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is unmatched in the class. The S-Class has lots of high-tech driver aids, and reviewers report that these systems enable the S-Class to practically be self-driving. They also note that the infotainment system is very easy to use. Test drivers love the space, comfort and amenities offered in the rear seats. Critics say the coupe also has comfortable rear seats, which is uncommon praise for a coupe.

  • "Supple leather, exquisite wood garnishments and genuine metal trim covers every inch of the S-Class' interior, creating an air of old-world opulence. Fire it up and bring the electronics to life, however, and it immediately becomes clear that the big sedan has all four wheels firmly planted in the 21st century." -- Left Lane News
  • "… there is an elegance and sense of opulence here that make it feel more like a competitor for a Bentley than a BMW." -- Edmunds
  • "The S-class coupe is every bit as regal as its sedan counterpart. Yet when you open one of the two four-and-a-half-foot-long doors and slide into the quilted leather seats, everything seems a bit more opulent." -- Car and Driver
  • "As quiet inside as an empty cathedral. …" -- Kelley Blue Book

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Seating

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan seats five, and an optional Executive Rear Seat Package replaces the middle rear seat with a console and cuts seating capacity to four. The S-Class coupe seats four. Standard features include leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats and a power rear sunshade. Available features include massaging and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable rear seats that are heated, ventilated and massaging, heated front and rear armrests, a rear-seat cooled bin, a power right-rear footrest, rear tray tables and power rear-door sunshades.

Critics agree that the 2015 S-Class' front seats are comfortable, but they note that the optional massaging front seats are exquisite. They say the sedan's spacious rear seats are even nicer than the front seats because they're available with all of the same options, plus additional features like tray tables and a built-in cooled bin. Test drivers note that the coupe offers plenty of rear space for tall passengers, which is unusual in a two-door car.

  • "I had a 6-foot-6 man sit in the rear seat and, while it wasn't as spacious as sitting up front, he was perfectly comfortable." -- Motor Trend (coupe)
  • "The standard seats are lovely, but you'd be nuts not to select the Premium 1 package's multicontour seats with their additional adjustments, ventilation and six massage settings. That's right, six. One even simulates a hot stone massage by utilizing the seat's heating elements. And just in case your rear passengers are the jealous sort, the same opulent front seat features (including adjustments) are available in the sedan's enormous backseat." -- Edmunds
  • "But the rear, especially when equipped with the executive-seat package, trumps whatever the front passengers have going on." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "Before even taking the time to consider the driver's position, it's worth noting that the rear seats in the new S-Class may be the very definition of 'the lap of luxury.' With options including folding tables, four-place seating and a refrigeration box, the rear cabin of the S-Class can be tailored to the exact level of 'flaunt' that each customer requires." -- MSN Autos (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver drowsiness monitoring and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, which includes navigation, two 12.3-inch displays, a touchpad controller that lets you write out addresses and phone numbers with your finger, a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, HD Radio and satellite radio. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, night vision, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, a 24-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and a Splitview front-seat entertainment system, which enables the driver and front passenger to see two different things when looking at the same center-stack screen.

Automotive journalists say the 2015 S-Class has so many advanced driver aids that it is virtually self-driving. The S-Class' infotainment system draws praise from critics because they think it is exceptionally easy to use and they like its large display screens. However, some note that COMAND's vast array of functions gives it a bit of a learning curve.

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  • "Like the sedan, the coupe has every manner of modern technology built in or ready for order. This is a car that can massage you while perfuming the air you breathe; that can drive itself for short bursts and brake for you when your attention falters." -- Car and Driver
  • "All of its many infotainment functions are controlled by the latest iteration of Mercedes' COMAND system, which remains one of the most user-friendly around (even if its immense number of functions renders it a tad overwhelming at first)." -- Edmunds
  • "All-new just last year, the latest S-Class has again thrown down the gauntlet with class-leading and class-exclusive technology that makes Mercedes' flagship sedan nearly smart enough to drive itself." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When you first get into the 2014 S-Class, your eyes immediately fall on the two sprawling LCD screens that take up more than half of the dashboard. At first it looks wrong-too empty. But turn on the car and the screens come alive with crisp graphics and an enormous map that will forever ruin every other navigation system for you." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is in line with other trunks in the class. A power-closing trunk lid is standard. The S-Class is available with a hands-free trunk feature that can open and close the trunk when you wave your foot under the rear bumper.

  • "The trunk, as you might expect from a 17-foot-long sedan, is sufficiently large at 16.3 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 3/2/15

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