2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

S400 Hybrid RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8

2010 mercedes-benz s-class Reviews and News

1002 02 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG BMW 760Li+porsche Panamera Turbo
The history books would have you believe that the West was once a wild place. But if you're braving the sweltering California desert and happen upon a little town called Palm Springs, you'd never know it. The dusty bandits, merciless bounty hunters, and untamed renegades are long gone, replaced by air-conditioned cafés, opulent galleries, and swanky day spas. The only weapons in use are those rumbling under the hoods of the many exotic and classic cars cruising the boulevard. The desert people clearly favor Cadillacs over Caterhams, though - luxury rules the West now.
1002 02 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG BMW 760Li+porsche Panamera Turbo
The BMW 760Li, the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, and the Porsche Panamera Turbo each enter the saloon with at least 500 horses of firepower tucked away beneath a façade of formality. They look benign enough, but when the dust starts flying, there are few steeds that can match their speed. They may all hail from Germany, but there's something distinctly Wild West about these three sedans. And so we took them to Palm Springs, their natural habitat, for a gunslinging showdown.
1003 Z 02+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+front Three Quarter View
Despite the fact that it debuted way back in 2005, the lovely Mercedes-Benz S-class remains at the very top of its class. And the new hybrid model happens to add a (slightly) more responsible version. Pleasantly, the S400 Hybrid is also the least expensive S-class for sale today, with a base price of $88,825 versus the S550's opening rate of $92,475. Sure, you might lose some cachet with the more traditional folks at your country club, but the overall fuel mileage gains of 3 mpg overall are pretty enticing. (The S400 is EPA rated at 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined, which matches the EPA's combined figure for the Lexus LS600hL. The S400's trip computer indicated that I averaged 23 mpg over 320 weekend miles. The base-V-8-powered S-class, the S550, on the other hand, gets significantly lower ratings of 15 city/23 highway/18 combined mpg.)
1003 Z 02+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+front Three Quarter View
I didn't find the S400 devoid of oomph like Rusty did, but it is easy to miss the sonorous wail and waves of torque produced by the S550's 5.5-liter V-8.
1003 Z 06+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+rear Three Quarter View
I'm more with Evan on this one than with Rusty, although I only spent a short amount of time with the S400 Hybrid, whereas Rusty drove it more than 300 miles. But I suspect that, for a lot of S-class buyers, the S400 Hybrid will offer more than enough performance, because it retains all of the poise, polish, prestige, safety, and comfort of the conventional V-8-powered S-class, and it's for those reasons more than any others that people buy the S-class, not for neck-snapping, off-the-line acceleration.
1003 Z 01+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+rear Three Quarter View
What I miss in this hybrid isn't so much the usual S-class power as the S-class smoothness. Oh, this is still one well-coordinated car, don't get me wrong, but the tell tale brake sponginess and slightly less effortless buildup of power take a bit away from the car's usual ability to completely isolate a driver from the nuisances of the outside world.
1003 Z 03+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+output Gauge
Give this 'Benz one green star for its blend of decent performance, exemplary fuel efficiency, and low emissions. Thanks to a 20-hp electric motor aiding the 275-hp 3.5-liter V-6, the S400 ties with the SLK300 in achieving 21 mpg (EPA combined), the best mileage of any gas-burning vehicle in the Mercedes lineup. The gas-electric blend is nicely subdued, the engine stop-start system is unobtrusive. Unfortunately, premium fuel is required.
1003 Z 04+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+front Interior
I, for one, think Mercedes-Benz went the right route with this hybrid system. It can't move the car without the gasoline engine kicking on, but it doesn't compromise the trunk room like a Lexus LS 600h L to house batteries (don't forget the Lexus costs $20,000 more!) Is it worth giving up 38% of your trunk (16.4 cubic feet vs 10.1) to move on electric power alone? Probably not for cars in this class. If I'm in the market for a giant sedan, I'd like to bring along more than a duffle bag in the trunk. Let's not forget the Lexus only manages 1 extra mpg in the city and is down by 4 mpg on the highway according to the EPA. Of course this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison because the Lexus hybrid is supposed to produce the power of a V-12 engine instead of just saving fuel.
1003 Z 01+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+rear Three Quarter View
Cynics scoff at the hybridization of large SUVs or powerful luxury sedans, yet there are significant benefits even for seemingly marginal fuel economy gains in these vehicles. The S400 Hybrid, for example, has a combined rating of 21 mpg compared to the 18-mpg rating of the S550. That small 3-mpg increase doesn't seem like much, but it is. Over 15,000 miles of driving, the hybrid would save you 119 gallons of fuel. To save that same amount of gas in 15,000 miles, a Honda Fit with an automatic transmission would require a 10-mpg increase in combined fuel economy, from 31 mpg to 41 mpg.
1003 Z 04+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+front Interior
2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
1003 Z 05+2010 Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid+front Three Quarter View
27200084
In previous years, Mercedes-Benz occasionally has had to pay penalties because its corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) figure fell beneath standards set by the U.S. government. That will soon change, as the automaker expects to meet the 2010 CAFE standards.
28341169
Although many hybrid cars are bought to make an environmental statement, a lot of people consider the choice of a hybrid on more dispassionate grounds. They’re looking to get better gas mileage, but the question alway is: Does the fuel savings offset the hybrid model’s extra cost?
10C178 02
Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division unveiled its new twin-turbo, direct-injection V-8 engine today in the S63 AMG Showcar, at its headquarters in rural Affalterbach, in the hills outside Stuttgart.
10C178 02
1002 03 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
I've always been a fan of this generation S-class. The car looks elegant and has simple lines. There are luxury features most people haven't even dreamt of and, generally speaking, they're all easy to understand and use.
1002 03 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
As much as I love our Four Seasons BMW 750Li, and the 7-series in all its iterations, and as much as I have high hopes for the new Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ sedans, which I have not yet driven, there is no question in my mind that the Mercedes-Benz S-class is still the king of this segment. In terms of comfort, drivability, presence, and prestige, this is still the one to beat, the car that most effectively communicates to the outside world that you have arrived.
1002 01 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
I'd probably agree with the assertion that this Benz has a leg up on the 7-series, if only with the added reminder that in this premium segment, we're really talking about varying degrees of excellence. As with any premium sedan, the highlight of the experience is the interior. I really hated Mercedes COMAND controller at first, but after a weekend, I'd say it's better than iDrive and much, much better than Audi's MMI. Phone pairing was a simple procedure-and actually worked. The primary controller on the center console is reasonably intuitive and has a nice tactile quality to it. Oh, and there's a massage feature for the driver's seat with four settings.
1002 02 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
I love a good luxury cruiser. Perhaps it's because my commute is so long that I can just sit back, put some good tunes on, and relax; the massaging front seats on the Mercedes-Benz S550 aid the latter. Once situated, I prefer BMW's iDrive system to this COMAND controller. Although there's nothing wrong with the Mercedes unit, it just feels dated and sometimes confusing to navigate. Granted I use the 7-series iDrive more thanks to our Four Seasons example, so familiarity probably plays a roll in my preference.
1002 05 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+rear Three Quarter View
I know it's getting pretty long in the tooth, but like my colleagues, I still love the Mercedes-Benz S-class. The newer BMW 7-series has more gadgets and horsepower, but the S-class still easily holds its own. The big Benz's steering feel is arguably equally as good as the Bimmer's, too. But where the Mercedes really shines is in the intangibles, such as the warm, welcoming feel of the cabin; the superquiet door shuts; the smooth, refined powertrain; and the intuitive Comand system.
1002 09 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+interior View
The S550 is a fabulous way to travel with style, comfort, and power. It possesses a positively confident air that it can do anything you ask of it. And it largely delivers. Mindlessly drive home after a long day at the office? Switch on the lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning, and adaptive cruise control. Oh, and of course you'll want to click on the seat heaters and excellent massage feature. But if you're in the mood to drive, switch from Comfort to Sport mode and allow the 382-hp engine launch you down any road at any speed.
1002 07 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
Mercedes-Benz has always promised quality and luxury and this S550 makes good on that promise. From a styling perspective, the exterior looks totally modern but because it is such a thoughtful evolution there is never a question of whether it's a Mercedes, even from a distance. The interior is just as well done. Unlike our 7-series' cabin which uses mostly black and cream tones making it feel slightly cold, the S550's is covered in rich brown tones giving it a warm, old-school gentleman's lounge ambience. Lovely. The central console is a little too busy, though. The large keypad mounted behind the COMAND controller makes for an uncomfortable armrest while accessing the COMAND system. It also visually blocks the quick-access buttons positioned on the passenger side of the controller.
1002 06 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
As several of my colleagues have pointed out, the S-class and the 7-series are both first-class full-size sedans. One thing the S-class has going for it that the 7-series lacks, however, is its optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. This was especially apparent when I drove the 7-series on snow-covered roads day or so after I had driven the S-class. Count me as one who would opt for the added traction of the 4Matic S-class over the rear-wheel-drive 7-series, which, even though shod with snow tires, had to work overtime to keep itself pointed in a straight line on the slick roads.
1002 08 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View
The first S-class I ever drove was this magazine's 4-Seasons 1992 400SE. That car blew my mind, for reasons big and small. One of its more subtle qualities was that every moving part on the car-steering, brakes, accelerator, switchgear-had a uniformity of feel. This current S-class is the same way. I also love how the torque converter and throttle mapping combine to provide a liquid-smooth takeoff from a stop. Lesser Benz models do not work this same way.
1002 05 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+rear Three Quarter View
2010 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic
1002 03 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic+front Three Quarter View

Change Vehicle

Research Now

Certified Pre-Owned 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pricing

Certified Pre Owned Price
$34,300

Used 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Values / Pricing

Suggested Retail Price
$87,950

Free Price Quote

Compare dealer clearance prices and save.
Select this Vehicle

Compare The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Click Circles to Compare

Your Selected Vehicle's Ranking

rank
37
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S400 Hybrid RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8
$87,950
Top Ranking Vehicles - Price
rank
4
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S400 Hybrid RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8
295hp
Top Ranking Vehicles - Horsepower
rank
4
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S400 Hybrid RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8
295hp

2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
295 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
284 ft lb of torque @ 2400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
50,000 miles / 48 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 999 months
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rollover
No Test Planned
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

Find Used Mercedes-Benz S-Classs For Sale

Search through millions of listings in the Automobile Magazine classifieds