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Updated on: October 28, 2020

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When it comes to luxury flagship offerings, Mercedes-Benz pretty much holds a prominent position, that comes with a rich legacy of the S-class. Carrying forward the legacy with pride, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-class has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model. The 2021 S-class has bigger proportions, a new interior which is even more digital and intelligent, innovative safety technology, and ample futuristic features.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan is available in two trim levels - S 500 4Matic and S 580 4Matic trims with standard all-wheel-drive at launch. Some most important innovations are 3-D instrumentation, active ambient lighting, haptic feedback, a massive OLED touchscreen powered by the latest MBUX, rear-wheel-steering, and active air suspension. The new Mercedes S-Class goes on sale in the first half of 2021 in the United States at prices yet to be announced.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all-new and innovative!

Although unlike the previous generations, which demanded the S-Class be chauffeur-driven, the 2021 Mercedes S-Class wants you to get behind the wheel at times, mainly because it comes with two engine options, a 3.0L Inline-6, and a 4.0L Biturbo V8. Both these big guns come with EQ Boost and ISG tech as well. Thus Mercedes has given the safety of passengers its undivided attention this time around, especially with it introducing the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL and the world's first rear-seat airbags. Although the exterior styling looks familiar you can find the most sumptuous interior setup ever. Like the 2020 S-Class, the new S-class sedan will have a broader trim range that will include an AMG performance model and a Maybach. The 2021 S-Class Coupe and Convertible are reviewed separately.

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Pros

Tech filled and High-quality interior

Impressive acceleration and comfort

Ample of innovative features

Level 2 semi-autonomous driving tech

Cons

High base price

Coupe and convertible carried over without changes

What's New?

2021 S-Class sedan is an all-new generation model


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10

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

10

Exterior

9.0

Safety

10

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

9.5

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MSRP


2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 500

S 500

power
362 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin turbo premium unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$96,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 500 4matic 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $96,000 MSRP (19/22/28) 362 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin turbo premium unleaded
9-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 580

S 580

power
463 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Twin turbo premium unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$104,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 580 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl 9A) Starting at $104,000 MSRP (19/22/28) 463 hp @ 5250 rpm, 4 L, V-8, Twin turbo premium unleaded
9-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.1

Overall Rating


As one of the more traditional vehicles in the Benz lineup, the 2021 S-Class lacks the somewhat more angular styling of newer Mercedes sedans, but its three-box symmetry, long svelte body structure with minimalistic characteristic lines, and attention to detail are next to none. The exterior is as sophisticated as ever, while the interior taken care of by the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience(MBUX) is truly billionaire-worthy all for a respectable price-tag of $96,000.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Iconic Looks, Modern Tech, More Power

Seems overly ambitious! Yes, but nevertheless, the latest safety tech including the rear-seat airbags and also the potent powertrain options including the 3.0L Inline-6 and the Biturbo V8 demand for such a price-tag. With the 0-60 MPH time under 5 seconds, the 2021 S-Class, if we might dare say, is a mild-sports car engulfed in luxury. Moreover, with a subtle yet curated list of features, it takes the fight to the other flagship offerings such as the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8L, and the Lexus LS 500.


10/10
Features

7.0/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

10/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

10/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

9.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Features

10/10

Unlike the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan which was offered in a total of four different trims, the automaker has scraped two which leaves only two major trim models for 2021. The S 500 and the S 580 pave their way into the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup. The feature-list for both these models has not been released as of yet, but nevertheless, we expect both these models to be placed somewhere in the middle of the $96-104,000 range. Therefore, given below is the list of trims and features which were included in the 2020 S-Class.

The latest S-Class is loaded with features!

 A wide range of optional features helps the S-Class fit its uber-luxury limo bill. Finally, the range-topping AMG S 65 should carry forward as a sedan soon. Moreover, the Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the 2021 S-Class will not get a new generation but will be carried-forward the way they are into 2021.

Model

S 500

S 580

MSRP

$96,000 est.

$104,000

Key Features

Keyless Entry/ Ignition

Addition to S 450 trim:

 

High-End Burmester 3D Surround Sound Audio Unit

Nappa Leather Upholstery

 

Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and Wireless Charging

V8 engine

 

Heated/16-way adjustable front seats

19-inch alloys

 

Active Parking Assist

Interior Air Filtration

 

18-inch Alloy rims

Rear View Camera

The base trim S 500 starts at $96,000, and there's actually no reason to call it a “base trim.” It comes loaded with most of the essential features as well as advanced driver-assistance and safety tech. It packs a powerful 3.0 Liter Inline-6 engine under the hood, obviously with EQ Boost. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard along with Merc's latest MBUX infotainment system, and the premium Burmester Surround System handles the acoustic department.

The 2021 S-Class gets Mercedes's latest MBUX system

Next up is the S 580, which would ask you to chuff up close to $104,000. It adds in a 4.0 Liter Biturbo V8 engine to the stack. It further adds an Integrated starter alternate(ISG) to oversee the hybrid functions. Both these models can be had in the RWD setup, with a standard rear-axle steering feature. Further standard features include the Driver Assistance Package, including the rear-seat airbags, and also the latest MBUX system.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.0/10

The 2021 S-Class, Mercedes-Benz's flagship, is a showcase of luxury, comfort, and technology. Though it is too early for the 2021 S-class to have reliability ratings, the 2020 S-class sedan received good reliability ratings from JD Power, ranking just below the highest scorers BMW 7-series and Porsche Panamera. Each generation of S-class pushes the envelope even further, and the 2021 S-class will score better. In almost every vital attribute for a luxury car, the S-Class is a benchmark of excellence. The executive-level luxury sedan the Mercedes S-Class offers one of the best warranty services. Being a Merc, surprisingly it has had an excellent reliability quotient over the years and more-importantly decent resale value.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class's Reliability and Ownership Cost

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considerably one of the better reliable vehicles in its class and apparently in the industry as well. As per a J.D Report for reliability, the 2020 S-Class scores "Great" in every criterion, getting an overall rating of 75 out of 100. A glorious score that tells us how reliable the sedan is. It also scored a high 74 and 72 points out of possible 100 for Quality & Reliability and the Resale section respectively. 

2021 Mercedes S-Class will score even better than the 2020 model's Great reliability ratings

The after-sales service of Mercedes is also world-class, as they offer hassle-free repairs and replacements. Thus far, the 2020 S-Class has not been subjected to any recalls, as reported by NHTSA. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class costs around $99,282 on an average in the states where it's sales are higher. It is most expensive to own an S-Class in Texas while it's affordable to own one in California. The average annual repair cost is $1,249, which means it is way more expensive than other family saloons. The frequency and severity of repairs are much higher than the average vehicle, which means the 2020 S-Class did require some. Although we believe the 2021 Mercedes S-Class to fare much better on this front.

With upto six-figure pricing, the 2021 S-Class sedan has everything you could wish for!

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class costs around $108,220 in terms of ownership costs for an average period of five years. This cost is calculated by taking into account all the possible out of pocket expenses like fuel, insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, and repairs over five years. It seems quite a high price, but as you are in the market to buy arguably the best car there is today, shelling out a few dollars on it shouldn't be an issue.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Warranty Coverage

The inevitable happens at times, and you have no fault in it, but more of a bad day it seems. Mercedes has got you covered for that too, as the S-Class offers a generous and comprehensive slue of warranty packages, but it isn't as extensive as some rivals may offer. It has a limited warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, which seems appropriate for the class. For powertrain and roadside assistance, the Merc has similar warranty criteria.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Rust Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

What the Merc misses out on is an unlimited distance roadside warranty offered by most of its rivals. The Lexus LS 500 in comparison offers an even better 6 years/ 70,000 miles drivetrain warranty.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class's Miles Per Dollar

This factors in the annual maintenance cost with respect to how many miles the car runs on average in a year. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a top-class vehicle, although you won't be saving any bucks while driving it, not that it concerns the major aristocrats that buy this $100,000 palace on wheels. With an average running of 15,000 miles a year and the respective maintenance cost of about $1,249, the definitive ratio turns out to be 12.0. Which means, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class can run for about 12 miles for every dollar you spend on it, which is higher than what the other flagship sedans in its segment cost.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Buying Advice

We recommend the base S 500 trim with the Chauffeur and Executive Packages installed. The 2021 S 500 is loaded with enough potential so that you don't need to look anywhere else. A serious value-based proportion is what it is. The standard 3.0 L Inline-6 may not be as good as the Biturbo V8, but is nevertheless highly potent and delivers those 429 horses effortlessly. The interior with the latest MBUX is well laid out in the base trim, and there's no shortage of infotainment and safety gizmos. You get the world's first rear-seat airbags and rear-axle steering as standard. Overall, the Mercedes-Benz S 500 correctly marks the entry point by being a complete all-rounder. Yet, if you feel the need for more power, there's a much powerful S 580 available in the lineup.

Is buying a Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class a good idea?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a new generation model that precedes the generation that launched for the 2014 model year. The 2020 and older models will likely be much less expensive than a new S-Class. It's just that the new model has significant changes all-around.

Even the older models of S-Class has gone through several upgrades over the year. For 2020, Mercedes made proximity keyless entry and automatic parking assist standard across the S-Class lineup while massaging front seats and a surround-view parking camera system became standard in a coupe and convertible models. Also, the S-Class coupe and a plug-in-hybrid sedan debuted in 2015, and a convertible model followed for 2017. The 2018 S-Class gained a new base trim, the S 450.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a true epitome of luxury!

Finally, the top-range AMG S 65 is available as a sedan for 2020MY. Previously, it was also available as a coupe and convertible. If you wish to buy an older model, you can check out the used 2017 S-Class, 2018 S-Class, and 2019 S-Class models. Also, check out our Used cars inventory page to learn about the best deals and discounts on used vehicles.


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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has two powertrain options for the two different models - 429 hp 3.0L Inline-6 on S500 and a 496 hp 4.0L Biturbo V8 on S580. Mercedes from the year 2021, has been largely focusing on the electrification of its lineup. The 2021 S-Class's both powertrains get a mild hybrid system dubbed as EQ Boost, currently offered in the E-, CLS-, GLE-, and GLS-Class. This 48-Volt electrical system (EQ Boost) supplements more power - adds 184 lb-ft of torque and 21 horses, while also improving the fuel efficiency. Transmission duties are taken care of by the same 9G-TRONIC automatic shifter and at launch, 4Matic all-wheel-drive is introduced. With 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, the S500 drives smoothly but the S580 that has a twin-turbo V8 that's good for 496 hp and 516 lb-ft is the point of attraction.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Performance is EQ Boosted!

This new Mercedes S-class sedan has enough power to propel the bulky body from a standstill effortlessly, while it catches on to highway speeds rather quickly. The V8's muscular exhaust note and blazingly fast acceleration are what the one-percenter's lookout out for. Both of these variants come with standard rear-wheel-drive. If you want an AWD, then both the trims are available in 4Matic options also. The ISG (integrated starter-generator) as such looks after the hybrid functions, acting as a power booster and all the while also achieving better fuel-economy figures for the new S-class sedan. Suspension duties in the 2021 S-Class are further taken care of by the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL which delivers a precision level of comfort and agile handling.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series 740i

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 Lexus LS 500

MSRP

$96,000

$86,800

$86,500

$77,000

Engine

3.0 Liter Inline-6

3.0 Liter turbocharger Inline-6

3.0L turbocharged V6

3.5 Liter twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

9G-TRONIC Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Power

429 hp @ 5500 RPM

335 hp @ 5500 RPM

335 hp @ 5000 RPM

416 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

384 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1370 RPM

442 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

Even the base S-Class outperforms every rival in the powertrain department and gives excellent performance figures. Only the Lexus LS 500 equipped with a slick 10-speed auto shifter seems to deliver rather much more decent figures when compared to the other rivals of the S-Class. Being much more affordably priced, the Lexus also has a low price to power ratio of $185 per hp than the 2021 S-class sedan. The Mercedes's flagship 2021 S-Class saloon costs you around $265 per horsepower. There will also be a plug-in hybrid model of S-Class that claims to have about 60 miles of all-electric range. We expect more powerful AMG versions to be launched in the near future.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 0-60 MPH Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class with its base engine makes it to 60 MPH from a standstill in under 5 seconds, which seems ideal for the base six-cylinder engine. Though the S580's 0-60 MPH time is unknown yet, though Mercedes claims the 2021 S-Class delivers more comfort and even better handling. You don't need a V12 when you have the stimulating power of the potent Inline-6 and the blistering V8 coupled with a slick 9-speed shifter. The S-Class, with its blazing acceleration, zooms past other so-called luxury sedans while you are hugged by your seats sipping champagne.

Both S500 and S580 have an electronically-limited top speed of 130 MPH!

The ISG which is backed by EQ Boost is responsible for zero turbo lag, and thus the sedan will offer a better acceleration figure than the 2020 S-class. For reference, the 362 hp 2020 Mercedes S-class sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. These astonishing figures will improve for the 2021 model which reminds us that the S-Class is no meager luxury sedan, but a mild sports car in the framework of a saloon.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series 740i

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 Lexus LS 500

0-60 MPH

N/A

4.6 secs

5.3 secs

4.6 secs

Quarter Mile N/A 13.2 secs N/A 13.7 secs

Top Speed

130 MPH

155 MPH

130 MPH

168 MPH

60-0 MPH

N/A

112 ft.

118 ft.

N/A

Braking is another area where the S-Class should shine, with appropriate pedal travel and feel allowing you to make consistently calm stops every time. The 2021 S-Class comes with an Active Emergency Stop Assist that should in hindsight outgun every rival in terms of pace and braking performance. The 2021 LS 500 leaps from 0-60 in an astonishing 4.6 seconds and further takes 13.7 seconds to complete the quarter-mile. The Bimmer also provides similar acceleration figures just like the Lexus LS 500.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Ride and Handling

To improve the ride and handling, every S-class rides on an air-spring suspension, while the predecessor's Magic Body Control is now replaced by an optional E-Active Body Roll Suspension. This new system allows a smooth ride and can even raise the body to defer an impact. Standard rear-wheel steering makes it easy to maneuver this large sedan through tight, reduces the turning circle by 6.2 feet than before.

2021 S-class has improved ride and handling, thanks to E-Active Body Control Suspension!

Other mechanical improvements include a completely new multi-link independent rear suspension that accommodates the rear-wheel-steering. The 2021 Mercedes S-class specs make the big-bodied sedan surprisingly easy to throw around the corners as well.

Read more about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Performance>>

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The EPA Fuel Economy ratings of the 2021 Mercedes S-class are not yet released but with new engines and a mild-hybrid system, the sedan should return 25 MPG combined. The 2020 Mercedes S-Class delivered 19 miles to the gallon in the city, whereas about 28 MPG out on the highway, which is not at all an obnoxious figure for a $100,000 2-ton luxury executive sedan.

The two new powertrains with a mild hybrid system proves fuel-efficient for the new S-Class sedan!

Now ironically, even while the 2021 S-Class prioritizes luxury and performance with its ISG and EQ Boost, which is valid for a flagship sedan that has set benchmarks in the luxury sedan industry with its all-round performance, the 2021 Merc S-Class fares decently well on the MPG front. We can definitely expect similar if not better figures from the 2021 MY as well. Rivals struggle with similar statistics too. The S-Class, though, incorporates a bigger 21.1-gallon fuel tank, enabling it to cover far longer distances in one go.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7-Series 740i

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 Lexus LS 500

MPG (City)

N/A

22

17

19

MPG (Highway)

N/A

29

26

30

MPG (Combined)

25 (Expected)

24

21

23

Fuel Capacity

21.1 gallons

20.6 gallons

21.7 gallons

21.7 gallons

While luxury sedans don't seem eco-friendly from any angle, most of them manage to give an acceptable fuel-efficiency. The 2021 BMW 7-Series offers an excellent 24 MPG combined fuel economy and a high 597 miles highway range. The Lexus offers a vast 651 miles highway range with its excellent 30 MPG highway rating.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

10/10

The new interior design of the 2021 S-class brings superb styling, technology, and lots of screens, 5 to be precise. The innovation inside the new S-class is all-around, highlighted by futuristic tech and features such as a 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster, active ambient lighting, augmented-reality head-up display, and much more.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interiors combine the ultimate luxury with futuristic technology!

When we say benchmark luxury sedans, we mean a yardstick to measure other luxury sedan's capability. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class's interior re-defines the very definition of an absolute luxury which many of the rivals can't live up to. While the 2020 S-Class had a very opulent and customizable interior, the 2021 version will take it to a whole different level by combining the next-gen MBUX interface and world-class interior aesthetic elements. The dashboard gets a brand new silhouette, with the whole lot of the cabin getting over 5 full-sized screens.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class's rear seats offer increased headroom and legroom!

The S-Class makes it the priority to take care of its occupants. Whether you're an athletic teen or a tired adult, you would find the ingress and egress from the sedan relatively easy and straightforward. The new dimensions may or may not benefit the exterior but they benefit the S-Class's interior by providing more space for occupants and more space for equipment. The new model's rear-seat area offers more headroom and legroom than before. The interior dimension space of the 2021 S-Class is well crafted and organized for maximum passenger comfort, and you'd be hard-pressed to complain about lack of space.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series 740i

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 Lexus LS 500

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.0/60/41.0

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

37.3/58.8/41.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/58.0/44.0

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

37.3/56.4/38.9

With the onset of the new generation, the seats in the 2021 S-Class also offer heating, cooling, and even massaging for the utmost comfort. Around up to 19 motors are deployed in the front seat for maximizing the comfort quotient. The controls are logically structured and easy to reach from the center console. Moreover, Mercedes also deploys ENERGIZING seat kinetics for angular adjustment of the front seats. Ten outright massage programs are also available in the new 2021 S-Class. 

How is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class’s Infotainment system?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class can go from a well-equipped executive sedan to an eccentric and outstandingly lavish and fun vehicle in a flash, so does the Mercedes's latest infotainment system -  The second-generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. The base S500 trim of the 2021 MY that starts from $96,000 comes as well equipped as any top-trim of other luxury sedans out there. First and foremost is the Tesla-style 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen display bang in the middle. Along with that comes the ambient lighting option, which has 64 different colors. The audio department is also handled by two sound systems, one a premium Burmester 3DSurround Sound Audio system, which gives crisp & clear audio with rich bass, and the other  Burmester 4DSurround Sound Audio system which further intensifies the sound quality.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan's 12.8-inch OLED Infotainment Display!

Wireless charging is also available for your charging needs as well. The 2021 S-Class will incorporate all these features and, besides, bring even more upscale gizmos with MBUX  to the stack such as the Augmented Reality Head-Ip Display. It will also make use of artificial intelligence with it's "Hey Mercedes" virtual assistant and advanced voice-commands. All the physical buttons have been scraped to make way for touch and gesture controls. Minimalism is the idea, and the 2021 S-Class has portrayed it wonderfully.

What is the Cargo Capacity of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The only thing to complain about S-Class's interior is that it is too perfect. The 2021 S-Class seems to have a modest trunk too, which accounts for about 22 cubic feet, segment-best too. The Bimmer sports a massive 18.2 cubic foot trunk, which is more significant than any other rival of the S-Class luxury sedan. Rivals also provide better rear legroom than the S-Class.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series 740i

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 Lexus LS 500

Trunk Capacity

22 cu.ft

18.2 cu.ft

13.0 cu.ft

17.0 cu.ft

Compared to its outgoing model, the new sedan is 1.3 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and has a 2-inches longer wheelbase. Though it's not much, the trunk space has been increased that makes the 2021 Mercedes S-Class a practical sedan. 

Read more about 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior >>

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class basic Sedan front seats
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class basic Sedan rear arm rest
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class basic Sedan front seats
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class basic Sedan infotainment screen
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class basic Sedan
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class basic Sedan infotainment screen

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior

9.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class resembles excellent German craftsmanship and sheer elegance in any and all of its three body styles including the sedan, coupe, and convertible (the latter two are reviewed separately). As for the sedan part, it arguably sets the benchmark for a luxury flagship sedan. It's sleek and sophisticated with minimal characteristic lines flowing throughout, unlike the previous generations. The 2021 S-Class's dimensions are comparatively longer than other rivals. Also, the grand radiator grille up front with the floating Mercedes " Silver-arrow" symbol plays a crucial role in shaping the flagship's bold exterior. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan has slick styling with classic proportions!

Coming to the side, the body lines of the sedan, although minimal swoop down elegantly, masking the overall length of the sedan. The 2021 Mercedes Benz won't get any significant exterior updates apart from the longer and thicker C-pillar that helps in masking its humongous length, yet it'll be more stately and elegant with some minor touches. Moreover, the longer wheelbase and rear balanced overhang are a predominant design architecture this time around.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series 740i

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 Lexus LS 500

Curb Weight

N/A

4244 lbs

4773 lbs

4740 lbs

Length

208"

207.4"

208.7"

206.1"

Width

76.1"

74.9"

76.6"

74.8"

Height

59.0"

58.2"

58.5"

57.5"

Ground Clearance

N/A

5.3 4.8 5.9

Wheelbase

127.0"

126.4"

123.1"

123.0"

Luxury sedans don't compromise with anything, be it extravagance or dimensions. The S-Class remains the tallest in the competition, and its body lines and curves excellently complement its large dimensions. Whereas the Audi A8 L seems a big brother to all luxury sedans in terms of weight and width.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Safety

10/10

You'll find almost every desirable and possible safety tech and features as standard inside the 2021 S-Class. That's the beauty of the Mercedes S-Class, which reflects how much priority is given to passenger safety with a vision of accident-free driving. The modern safety features and cutting-edge German technology the 4-door S-class the safest luxury car on the planet. The Mercedes can park itself and initiate preventative measures as and when needed. Other advanced safety features include management of speed, following distance, automatic emergency braking, and lane-changing. Possibly you will be thrilled to learn about all the safety features inside the new S-class before getting one.

2021 S-Class has a Level 2 autonomous driving tech!

From the world's first rear-seat airbags to the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension, innovative driver-assist technology is immense. Moreover, with the PRE-SAFE Impulse Side function, that belief is certainly sure-footed. The Impulse Side function raises the car for about 3-inches to shift the focus of the impact. As far as safety ratings are concerned, the 2020 S-Class receives a full 5 on 5 stars from the NHTSA which further assures us of the 2021 S-Class' safety aspect.

The safety features included in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are-

  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
  • Active Steering Assist
  • Traffic Sign Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Lane Changing Assist
  • Active Emergency Stop Assist
  • Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function
  • Evasive Steering

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Competition

8.0/10

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Vs. BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7 Series is a fierce competitor to the S-Class and delivers the same amount of comfort on the inside as the S-Class. Compared to the Merc, the Bimmer is quite roomy from inside and also provides a decent functional cargo space. Also, BMW seems more like a "Driver's Car" with its exceptionally sharper and engaging handling, but then with the 2021 S-Class beats it at its own game too. In comparison, the Merc prioritizes on passenger comfort and offers world-class technology and interior space.

 2020 BMW 7 Series

For those who love to be chauffeured around being coddled in the luxury, the new S-class sedan will offer the best of the best experience. The driving dynamics aren't bad either, it's just the Mercedes prioritizes the comfort. Also, the price of the 2021 S-class can go upwards, surely, the 7-series undercuts it.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Vs. Audi A8 L

The Audi A8 L is a large luxury sedan with subtle yet appealing looks and an impeccable interior design structure. Inside, it's as modern and futuristic as one could get, and the smartly crafted dashboard makes anyone fall in love with it at one glance. Yet, it isn't as comfy and spacious in the rear as the 2021 Mercedes S-Class.

2021 Audi A8 L

The A8 L also feels slightly sluggish at the start while the Merc delivers its 429 horses quite effortlessly. Both have luxurious interiors and an uber-cool feature list, but if you want the best there is, go with the 2021 S-Class. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Final Verdict

9.5/10

The new-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is the ultimate pinnacle of luxury sedans that resembles sheer opulence and luxury. The German automaker has filled the new S-Class with every feature and tech one can desire. The new interior is impeccable, loaded with touchscreens, augmented-reality, and all entertainment needs. The 2021 S-Class focuses on passenger comfort and even more on the safety. 

The redesigned 2021 S-Class carries on its legacy with pride!

There are ample of safety features on offer in the 2021 S-Class to ensure a highly protected ride, which is yet comfortable and relieving in terms of safety. The rivals may be better at one or two things more, but the 2021 S-Class, with its all-around performance, arguably remains the best luxury sedan ever to grace us.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How large is the central touchscreen in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The OLED (organic light-emitting diode) central display in the new S-Class is 9.4 x 8.6 inches, and measures 12.8 inches diagonally. Mercedes claims it is about 64 percent larger than in the outgoing S. The digital instrument panel of the new S is 12.3 inches with a 3D display.

What are some of the standard driving-assistance tech in the 2021 S-Class?

The 2021 Mercedes S-class has everything. In addition to adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, the new S-Class comes equipped with lane-keep assist, active lane-centering, active steering assist, traffic sign assist, active lane-change assist, attention assist, active brake assist, blind-spot assist, an exit warning, and steering assist.

When will the 2021 Mercedes S-Class go on sale?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2021.

How does the new S-Class compare in size to the 2020 S-Class?

The 2021 Mercedes S-Class is slightly larger than the outgoing 2020 S-Class. It’s 1.3 inches longer, it has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, and its front and rear tracks have increased by 1.4 and 2.0 inches, respectively. The front headroom about the same as before, but the rear gains about a half-inch. Rear legroom has improved by about an inch as well.

Will the Mercedes-Benz S-Class come with autonomous driving tech?

Mercedes-Benz offers autonomous driving tech with S-Class saloon from long before, while the other cars in its segment decided to. With the 2021 S-Class, Mercedes-Benz will offer the Level 4 of autonomous driving tech.

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Nathanial K. Swanson

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S 450 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 9A)

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Merc at its best

Pros - Class, comfort, value for money

Cons - Not a thing

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