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4dr Sdn
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S350 4MATIC Sedan
  • S63 AMG Sedan
  • S600 Sedan
  • S65 AMG Sedan
  • S400 Hybrid Sedan
  • S350 4MATIC Sedan
  • S550 Sedan
  • S550 4MATIC Sedan
4dr Sdn 3.0T
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  • 4dr Sdn 3.0T
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0T
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L TDI
  • 4dr Sdn 4.0T
  • 4dr Sdn 4.0T

Prices

MSRP $69,900 $93,000 $75,100
Invoice $0 $86,490 $69,844
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.2 9.1 8.7
Critics' Rating 9.5 9.3 8.7
Performance 8.3 8.6 8.7
Interior 7.8 9.0 8.9
Safety 10.0 N/A N/A
Reliability N/A 4.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • High-tech, user-friendly interior
  • Excellent cargo space
  • Responsive electric motor
  • Balanced handling
  • Luxurious, roomy interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Exceptional interior quality
  • A8L TDI’s outstanding fuel economy
  • Athletic handling
  • Standard all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Meager small item storage
  • Confusing cabin electronics
  • Small trunk
  • Mediocre rearward visibility

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Turbocharged Diesel V6 3.0L/182 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L/183
MPG N/A 21 City / 31 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 116.5 124.6 117.8
Length, Overall (in) 196.0 206.5 202.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.3 73.7 76.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 58.0 57.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4647 4784 4365

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Optional
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Standard Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard
Power Liftgate Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 94.0 109.000 115.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 37.8 37.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 41.9 41.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 59.1 59.1
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 60.8
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 38.5 38.1
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 42.3 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 58.7 57.8
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 60.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 16.4 13.2

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard Standard
Entertainment System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Standard Standard
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Standard Optional
Cooled Rear Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision Optional Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional
All Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Supercharged Standard
Engine Type Electric Turbocharged Diesel V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6
Displacement 3.0L/182 3.0 L/183
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 362 @ 6000 240 @ 3600 333 @ 5500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 325 455 @ 2400 325 @ 2900
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.0 40.0 40.4

Fuel

Diesel Fuel Standard
Electric Fuel System Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 23.8

Suspension

Active Suspension System Standard
Air Suspension Optional Standard Standard
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard