2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

S400 Hybrid RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

2012 mercedes-benz s-class Reviews and News

2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTEC Front Left Side View
It probably will surprise no one when I say that travelling in a Mercedes-Benz S-class is a pretty swell experience. The stretch-out-spacious cabin is lined with soft leather and burnished with glossy wood and metal trim. Electronic servants are on hand to assist with most any task, be it closing the trunk, moving the steering column, or raising the blinds over the rear windows. The chassis is poised and the steering is creamy yet direct. Cruising is hushed, and the powertrain is responsive.
Particularly given those last two points, it might surprise a lot of people, if they had the opportunity to drive the S350 BlueTEC I had recently, to learn that the car is powered by a diesel engine. The 3.0-liter V-6 in the S-class has reached the point of such refinement that the only time you'd ever suspect it's a diesel is if you're standing outside the car with the engine running. From inside, you barely hear it.
With 455 pound-feet of torque available from an ultra-low 1600 rpm, off-the-line response is excellent. Stomp on the gas when you're already cruising along though, and this S-class doesn't rocket ahead the way its V-8 counterparts do. Still, a 7-second 0-to-60 time is plenty adequate for this heavyweight cruiser.
But where a V-8 S-class drinks gasoline like, well, a heavyweight cruiser, the diesel version sips fuel like a car several sizes smaller. I took the big Benz up to Massachusetts for a day of skiing, and averaged an indicated 33 mpg on the 200-mile round trip, which was a gentle mix of parkway driving and country two-lanes. It is hard to imagine a more luxurious way to get 33 mpg.
The S350 Bluetec's mileage is even more amazing when you consider that the car is four-wheel drive (4Matic standard here). Even using the EPA ratings of 21/31 mpg as a basis of comparison, the S350's highway mileage beats nearly every four-wheel-drive SUV and crossover, even pint-sized models like the Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The one exception is the Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 (manual), which it ties. City fuel economy isn't quite the same story, though, with the Mercedes' 21 mpg easily exceeded by several small AWD crossovers and by the hybrids.
Speaking of hybrids, the S-class is also offered in hybrid form. But it's hard to see the advantage of it. The S400 Hybrid, which is rear-wheel-drive only, is rated at 19/25 mpg, so the diesel not only beats it on the highway but in the city as well. The Hybrid is $700 cheaper, but that hardly seems significant when the pricing of both models starts on the high side of $90,000.
Although diesel-engine S-class cars were once common in the United States, they have been gone from the U.S. market since 1996. The S350 BlueTEC joins the lineup for 2012, and it will be interesting to see how well American buyers accept it. With unimpeachable luxury bolstered by all-weather capability and surprising economy, it certainly seems like the smart-money choice among big-money Benzes.

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC

Base price (with destination): $93,425
Price as tested: $112,605
Standard Equipment:
3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine
7-speed automatic transmission
4MATIC all-wheel drive
Power-assisted, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
4-wheel traction control
Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping system 4-wheel vented disc brakes

18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels
Dual exhaust with chrome tailpipes
COMAND w/8-inch display
Hard-drive GPS navigation and voice control
Bluetooth
Harmon/Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system
HD digital radio, CD/DVD changer, SD card reader, satellite radio
Sunroof
Power rear sunshade
Active bi-xenon headlamps w/LED daytime running lamps
Power trunk closer
Leather interior
Wood/leather steering wheel
Heated/ventilated front seats
Ambient interior lighting
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Attention assist driver drowsiness monitor
Mbrace in-vehicle services w/6 months of service
Options on this vehicle:
Premium 2 Package - $3630
- Drive-Dynamic multicontour front seats w/massage
- Keyless-Go
- Parktronic
- Rear view camera
Rear Seat Package - $3040
- 8-way power-adjustable rear seats
- 4-zone automatic climate control
- Heated/ventilated rear seats
Driver Assistance Package - $2950
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot assist
- Lane-keep assist
Rear Seat Entertainment Package - $2450
- Dual-source DVD w/2 sets of wireless headphones, 2 remotes
Premium leather - $2290
Night vision - $1780
Panorama sunroof - $1090
Power rear side-window blinds - $750
Split-view screen - $710
Heated steering wheel - $490
Key options not on vehicle:
Sport Package - $5900
- 19-inch AMG triple 5-spoke wheels
- Sport body styling
Sport Package Plus One - $6650
- 20-inch AMG triple 5-spoke wheels
- Sport body styling
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium sound system - $6400
Illuminated door sills - $950
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
21 / 31 / 25 mpg
Engine:
3.0L V-6 turbodiesel
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 3600 rpm
Torque: 455 lb-ft @ 1600-2400 rpm
Drive:
Four-wheel
Transmission:
7-speed automatic
Curb weight: 4784 lb
Wheels/tires:
18-inch wheels
255/45 R18 tires
Competitors:
BMW ActiveHybrid 7
Lexus LS600h
Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Efficiency-minded buyers have their pick of hybrid or diesel with the S-class. The turbo-diesel V-6 is projected to earn a rating of 20/31 mpg on the EPA fuel economy cycle and is both refined and authoritative, but it is slow to respond off the line and during downshifts. Accordingly, we're not as impressed with the new engine as we have been with the less powerful Mercedes diesel or the diesels offered by BMW and Audi. For now, though, Mercedes is the only company to offer a diesel in a flagship luxury sedan. The S400 Hybrid was the first gas/electric car to use lithium-ion batteries and delivers impressive fuel economy and smooth acceleration from its V-6 engine and electric motor, but at 19/25 mpg it isn't as efficient as the diesel. The rest of the lineup focuses on speed, not economy. The S550 is powered by a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 and accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Next up the food chain is the 510-hp S600 supersedan with a twin-turbo V-12 engine that accomplishes the same task in a paltry 4.5 seconds. Then there's the 536-hp S63 AMG with the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that has replaced the 6.2-liter normally aspirated V-8. All those luxorockets, however, are left behind by the ludicrously fast S65 AMG and its twin-turbo V-12 that makes 621 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft of torque. But the S-class is more than great engines; it's also a driver's delight thanks to a balanced chassis, superb steering, and a supple ride.
2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC Left Side 1
In its annual Color Popularity Report, DuPont named white the world’s most popular automotive color for 2012, with black and silver in second and third place, respectively. White/white pearl garnered a 23-percent vote, while black scored 21 percent, and silver making up 18 percent of cars sold worldwide. In 2012, Europe joins North America (U.S. and Canada), Japan, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Mexico as a country where white is the most popular car color. White has gained popularity over the past decade with the introduction of pearlescent shades that give the color a more upscale look. In China, black/black effect is the most popular color, while silver took top honors in South America, Brazil, and India. Black is seen as a luxury symbol in many markets, while silver became popular between 2000 and 2006 during the digital age. Gray, red, and brown/beige each gained one percentage point compared to last year. Blue maintained its rankings from last year. Color popularity in North America mirrored that of the worldwide stage, with white in the lead at 24 percent. White was the most popular color on compact SUVs and trucks. Though it came in second-place overall at 19 percent, black was the most popular color for midsize crossovers and luxury SUV segments. Silver earned the third place spot at 16 percent, but didn’t lead any segment. In Europe, the pattern for first and second place is repeated, with white again finishing before black. Gray narrowly beat out silver for third place at 15 percent, while Blue increased to 8 percent of the European market. See how the color distribution breaks down by region in the images below. Source: DuPont
Mercedes Benz Aesthetic S Sculpture With Designers
Automobiles are indeed rolling sculptures, but Mercedes-Benz often takes the metaphor to another level, using static sculptures to hint at future vehicles or design directions. In this case, Mercedes’ latest piece of abstract art appears to preview the next-generation S-Class sedan. Dubbed “Aesthetics S,” Mercedes-Benz officially states the new sculpture provides “an artistic glimpse of the luxury saloon of the foreseeable future,” but it’s painfully clear the car in question is the next S-Class, which is due to launch in late 2013.  Heck, Mercedes’ own release also mentions the S-Class, noting the range frequently “serves as a symbol and role model for the motor car. “The characteristic lines of the S-class have always represented the expression of automotive culture as we understand it,” boasts Mercedes-Benz design chief Gordon Wagner, in a prepared statement. “The new S-Class will continue this tradition and, with its striking lines, will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years.” Aesthetics S is the fourth in Mercedes-Benz’s Aesthetics line of sculptures, but it differs from its predecessors in its presentation. Instead of a full three-dimensional representation of a vehicle body or interior, Aesthetics S is a more like to a relief, and showcases only the surfaces visible from the side of the vehicle. Mercedes amplifies the presentation by bathing the form in reflected light, which is allegedly presented in three acts. We’re more interested in some of the surface detail hinted at here. Our previous spy photos of the next S-Class hinted at a flowing, traditional roofline, but the Aesthetics S piece hints also incorporates a strong character line that starts at the nose, peaks at the driver’s door, and quickly tapers downward before the rear fenders. A second line, which could potentially serve as a light catcher or rocker sill, echoes the first but curves upwards towards the rear wheel arches. Both lines could be employed on the next S-Class, but test mules we’ve seen appear to be devoid of either form. Mercedes plans on showing the Aesthetics S sculpture at the Paris Motor Show in September, but we’ll likely have to wait until early 2013 to see the new S-Class in its entirety. Source: Mercedes-Benz
2014 Mercedes Benz S Class Front Three Quarter
All three of the German luxury giants have new flagships coming in the next few years. We've already told you about the next-generation BMW 7 Series due in 2015 – and its M770ix variant – but now we have all the details on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and 2014 Audi A8. Georg Kacher details them below. –Ed
Mercedes Benz S Class AMG Spied Front Three Quarter
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been caught testing and now we’ve captured the AMG version as well. The large sedan might be missing the quad exhaust pipes (an easy AMG giveaway), but a close inspection reveals that this is indeed a go-fast variant.
2010 Mercedes Benz S600 Front Three Quarter
The days of record-high profits for Mercedes-Benz dealers in China may be over. Bloomberg is reporting that the German luxury automaker has been offering drastic discounts as high as 25 percent on some models like the S-Class, the brand’s flagship sedan, which is usually spared such price slashing.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 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
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL
Summary
MERCEDES-BENZ USA (MBUSA) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 VEHICLES INCLUDING E-CLASS (212 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 2010 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2011, R-CLASS (251 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2010 THROUGH APRIL 2011, ML-CLASS (W164 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 2010 THROUGH MARCH 2011, GL-CLASS (X164 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 2010 THROUGH MARCH 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 S-CLASS (221 PLATFORM) VEHICLES. THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER MAY LEAK FROM THE AREA AROUND THE HEATING COMPONENT.
Consequences
DIESEL FUEL MAY BE DEPOSITED ONTO THE HIGHWAY AND CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR A CRASH.
Remedy
MBUSA WILL CONTACT OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER IF NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 30, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ USA AT 1-800-367-6372.
Potential Units Affected
6,872
Notes
MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.


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NHTSA Rating Overall
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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Depreciation
35.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$23,678
35.2%
Insurance
$15,260
22.7%
Fuel Cost
$12,862
19.1%
Financing
$5,328
7.9%
Maintenance
$5,256
7.8%
Repair Costs
$4,422
6.6%
State Fees
$548
0.8%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $67,354 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average