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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 New for 2007

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
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 65 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Excellent condition. Maintained by MB of Austin

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price. Pleasure to drive."

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

"Car has front and rear seats motorized controlled. Non smokers. Has front night vision camera. Chrome wheels and spare. Rear tires brand new."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Wolf in a sheep's clothing

By on Saturday, April 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Blast to drive, not flashy"

Cons: "Uses tons of gas but who cares"

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

"Complete and total luxury in this performance beast of a car. Beat up on all the other performance cars out there while you are on total comfort and absolute quiet. I like to see the total surprise on the driver's faces of Camaro's, Mustang's, BMW's, Chargers and Vette's when I give them a total beat down with a 5,800 Benz. Complete and total comfort, sound proofed windows and lots of rooms marries performance and luxury."

The S600 is a full on luxury rocket ship

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Style, tech, comfort, sports car acceleration"

Cons: "Gas mileage, reliability"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased this S600 from CA in late 2014 with just 24k miles. The car is a dream to drive as it is more comfortable than anything I've ever been in, including several Lexus LS's I've owned in the past. It's a 5000 lb car that will rip to 60 in the low 4's in extreme comfort and quietness. The ABC suspension works like magic to keep the car flat around corners, yet absorbs bumps like they aren't there. It makes this big monster handle like a mid-sized sport sedan. The S600 comes with every option the S-class offers as standard equipment, including leather covered everything. Reliability is only avg or slightly below and is far from Lexus levels. If in the market for one, find the lowest mileage one available and buy the longest warranty coverage you can get as a warranty is a MUST. High mileage cars without warranty coverage will kill you on repair costs and are not worth the lower cost of entry. Also, the car is a pig on gas with the V12 bi-turbo motor...even when you're light on the pedal or on a long cruise. The car is an incredible value used, even with very low mileage as they depreciate rapidly like all ultra luxury cars."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

definetely has the most bells and whistles..

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "confort/power and looks/ handling all excellent"

Cons: "wish it was better on gas"

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

"my first merc-benz. we love the car.. a $140K car for almost 10%. rides like a dream.. handles the road so smoothly. comfort is off the scale.. and all the toys..."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

This is a great car

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great fun to drive, practical for a luxury hot rod"

Cons: "high price and high service costs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"If anyone wants a discrete hot rod for affluent adults, the AMG S-63 certainly fits the bill. This is a great car that handles like a sports car, yet is hidden under a luxury 4 door sedan with a huge trunk. You can easily keep up with the muscle cars at the stop light and be prepared for black tie events on the way while listening to the best exhaust notes since the 1960's"

9 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Great car over all. Has held up well

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Still enjoyable to drive. Still a nice body style."

Cons: "Service cost on some items."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Maintenance is high, but I use only Mercedes parts not aftermarket and once a part is replaced its not a issue a second time. One strut failure at 66k that I understand is unusual. Hard to get a dealership service spot the next day if required. Audi always takes my car right away if a failure occurs. Mercedes should re think this also for customer loyalty. Lexus is pushing hard against the S Class and Mercedes is no longer the only high end player in the market"

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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