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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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While it's arguably the most technologically advanced sedan on the planet, the all-new ninth-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class remains the embodiment of traditional luxury. In a vehicle that boasts sophisticated innovations like stop-and-go cruise control and infrared night vision, the passenger cabin is dominated not by buttons, knobs and switches, but by wood, leather and a palpable air of richness.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're drawn more toward tradition or technology, a turn behind the wheel of the S550 will have you singing its praises.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Unlike several competitors, the S550 is available only in what amounts to a long-wheelbase configuration. So even if you're not interested in an exceptionally roomy backseat, you've no choice but to accept a compromise in parking-lot maneuverability. Also, the S550 does not yet offer a rear-seat entertainment system.

What's Significant About This Car?

The all-new S550 improves upon the outgoing S500 with a more sculpted exterior, more elegant interior, more powerful V8 engine, roomier backseat and a host of impressive new technologies.

Driving the S-Class

Driving Impressions Attack a sweeping turn and the 4300-pound, 17-foot-long S550 obeys like a much more svelte sports sedan. Turn onto a gravel-lined drive and Mercedes' newest flagship seems to...

float right over any unpleasantness. Experiencing the S550 at these extremes makes it easy to appreciate the everyday effectiveness of the car's sophisticated air suspension and adaptive damping systems. Inside, the experience is further refined by an LCD-based centralized control system that's the easiest and most intuitive we've used. Outward visibility is good, but any car that measures just a foot shorter than a Chevrolet Suburban and has a 40-foot turning circle can get cumbersome in tight parking lots—a minor quibble that may not concern you as much as it would your driver.

Stop-and-Go Cruise Control
With the S550's sophisticated adaptive cruise control system, even stop-and-go traffic can be negotiated without ever touching the pedals.

Night View System
An infrared-based night view system sees up to 500 feet ahead and projects a big, crystal-clear, black-and-white image on the gauge cluster.

2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Details
2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class photo Interior

The technological sophistication of the S550 is belied by a passenger cabin that's rich in wood and leather and light on switches and knobs. By extending the hooded gauge cluster to include the big LCD, designers were able to give the front of the cabin a clean, horizontal flow that's highlighted at night by a band of orange-tinted light falling from beneath the wood trim. By tracking the location of its passengers and the sun, the S550 can keep everyone comfortable by blowing more cool air on those sitting on the sunny side of the car. Passengers in back are also afforded the luxury of reclining seatbacks. All in all, the inside of a S550 is one of the nicest places you could spend a commute.

Exterior
2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class photo

Slightly longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces, the S550 features a profile marked by a softly arching roof line and bulging fender flares. The front end features the car's most evolutionary styling, while the view from behind can bring to mind the S550's luxury-exotic Maybach cousins. Because the adaptive cruise control and parking sensors are now radar-based and not ultrasonic, the bumpers are free of the unsightly "buttons" that normally accompany such systems. Details to look for include body-color accent strips in the taillights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to a 382-horsepower V8 and seven-speed automatic transmission, every S550 includes an air suspension with adaptive dampers, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, moonroof, electric door-closing assists, heated seats, hard drive-based navigation system, 14-speaker DVD-Audio 5.1 surround sound system, six-CD changer, PCMCIA memory card slot for digital music, power rear sunshade and cruise control. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side, rear-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system, stability and traction controls and brake assist.

Optional Equipment

The S550's options list includes radar-based adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, infrared night view system, keyless unlock and start, park assist, rearview monitor, ventilated front seats, dynamic front seats with massage, electronic trunk closer, satellite radio, heated steering wheel, double-panel panoramic sunroof, power rear side window blinds, power reclining rear seats, heated and ventilated rear seats and independent dual-zone rear air conditioning. Full-time four-wheel drive will be available in the fall of 2006.

Under the Hood

A new 5.5-liter V8 generates 80 more horsepower than the 5.0-liter unit in the outgoing S500, but according to Mercedes returns the same fuel economy. The seven-speed automatic transmission is able to skip up to three gears when downshifting for more responsive subsequent acceleration. Together, the new engine and transmission work to move the substantial S550 to 60-miles per hour in 5.4 seconds—nearly a second quicker than its predecessor.

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 53 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

This vehicle is the best auto I've ever owned.

By on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,784

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "There are far too many amenities to list."

Cons: "Depreciates too quickly in first and second year."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle exudes class in its every amenity, of which there are too many to list. I would say this auto is the most sophisticated and best ride I've ever had the pleasure of driving."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Fabulous car

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As soon as I test drove the car I knew it was terrific. Smooth drive; terrific acceleration; beautiful design; very responsive; overall one if the best cars we have ever owned; sorry it's time to trade it in"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I love the car! It has comfort and character!

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent price, priced to sell ASAP (relocating)"

Cons: "Takes time to discover all the options!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Custom 19" wheels

"Most people think it's a brand new model Mercedes! It rides smooth on all roads but on the Interstate?!...it's an unreal experience. The leg room whether in the front seat or backseat is amazing. My family of 5 travels long distances with no problem. The trunk space is also incredible. The sound system, built in phone, 6-pack CD player, MP3, Navigation System, Bluetooth etc,, make it an entertainment system on wheels. Heated seats are nice but this car has Air Conditioned seats too!"

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Custom 19" wheels

Understated elegance and comfort

By on Sunday, June 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "High quality, comfort, safety, handsome design."

Cons: "Lack of interior storage space, avg trunk space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I searched every make and model for a car that would fit my needs - this far exceeds my expectations. It rides and drives like no other. There are others that come close, but for safety, comfort and reliability, you cant ask for more. I got the Designo Espresso Mocha Black, premium black and sand leather interior, rear seat package, night vision (very handy on dark roads). AMG Sports plus one package. Every passenger has their own space and doesn't feel cramped. Excellent touring car and despite its size, its fun to drive in the city. MPG is averaging at 17 MPG in city - not bad for this type of car. The rear seat package also reduces the trunk size, but trunk is adequate. You also lose the lower level of front center console storage space due to rear seat climate control system and venting system. I miss a deep place to put "stuff", but it keeps me from accumulating excess stuff. lots of storage in side doors and under arm rests. Multicontour/massaging seats also eliminate storage drawers under the front seats. However, the trade-off for all the comfort options make up for lack of storage space. You cant beat the seating comfort and support they give you. They certainly hold you in place as you turn corners. Although you can use voice commands for just about everything its not simple. Still not a fan of the Comand module/mouse for most of the controls. I like simplistic buttons, knobs, and switches. Sure the car was pricey at $125,000, but I plan on keeping it for a long time and consider it an investment as far as safety, quality, build and dependability. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE the car and feel its the best car on the road - its just a lot of car with lots of features - I probably don't know half of what the car can actually do!! The craftsmanship of this car is remarkable."

19 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Incredible machine

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fair price for the value and service."

Cons: "I have nothing to complain about."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This automobile is massive inside with all the creature comforts one could want. It has a tremendous amount of power, handles well and is practically unstoppable in the snow. It is my third S Class Mercedes. I would buy another in a flash."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2010 S550 Mercedes AMG Sport

By on Monday, May 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,680

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Pricey but worth it."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm compelled to say this, I just purchased a CPO 2010 S550 and I'm very satisfied with the car technology and mechanical advanced features. The ride is presidential and outstanding. The S550 is an engineering marvel no other car on the planet meets the level of comfort and driving dynamics. Congratulations to team Mercedes Benz"

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