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2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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No car better defines the word "flagship" than the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan. This large luxury cruiser sets the benchmark in creature comforts, cutting-edge technology, and robust performance for the upper strata of the automotive world. Headlined by the mainstream S550 model, the S-Class lineup also comprises the uplevel S600, as well as a pair of obscenely-powered AMG models. But this year, there's also a green addition to the vehicle line. By delivering combined fuel economy of 25 miles-per-gallon, Mercedes' first gas-electric hybrid, the S400, gives Benz buyers the opportunity to be both socially-conscious and well-pampered at once. Except for an affordable price, the S-Class now truly does have it all.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class, above anything else, offers supreme comfort in the form of plush seats, lots of elbow room, a soft ride, and a plethora of amenities. Driving the S-Class is very nice, but riding as a passenger is simply divine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you relish the open road, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class may not be the driver's car you're looking for. Something more along the lines of the sportier BMW 7 Series might be more your style.

What's New for 2010

New for 2010 is the S400 HYBRID model. Aesthetically, the S-Class receives a mild facelift and a few interior enhancements, including an innovative split screen interface shared by the driver and front passenger. New Torque Vectoring Brake and crosswind stabilization further improve the sedan's surefootedness.

Driving the S-Class

Driving Impressions The 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class offers two very distinct on-road experiences. For the driver, it belies its size at higher speeds with an unreasonable level of agility, thanks to a...

highly responsive chassis and Benz's Active Body Control (ABC). For the passenger, it simply feels like it's floating above the pavement rather than actually touching it. Power delivery from the 5.5-liter V8 is silky smooth with lots of brawn throughout the rev band, and the seven-speed automatic transmission is the perfect mate for this engine. For even more performance – outlandish performance – there's the V12-powered S600, or a choice of two completely over-the-top AMG models. Going in the other direction, more progressive buyers may opt for the S400. With its seamless mild hybrid powertrain and modest 3.5-liter V6 engine, this green luxury car offers a nice, easy feel with ride and handling similar to the S550.

Active Body Control (ABC) with Crosswind Stabilization
This active suspension continually adjusts to the irregularities of the road, allowing the S-Class to optimize driving dynamics while offering an unprecedented level of ride quality. Crosswind stabilization adds further balance to the car by distributing wheel load in order to maintain directional stability through strong lateral wind gusts.

SPLITVIEW
Atop the centerstack, this innovative dual screen interface allows the driver and front passenger to view different content at the same time. For example, the front passenger can watch a movie while the driver utilizes the navigation system.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Details
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class photo Interior

The cabin of this saloon is luxurious and classically handsome. It offers ample room at all seating positions, near-perfect ergonomics, and loads of user-technology. The layout is the same as the previous year, but there are a few mentionable enhancements and tweaks. The redesigned middle console now houses an optional SPLITVIEW display that allows the driver and front passenger to view different content on the same screen at the same time. Seats now enjoy a fresher appearance thanks to new seams. Navigation, rear-seat entertainment, and ambient lighting have all been upgraded, but perhaps unnecessarily. Regardless, this interior is more complete than ever.

Exterior
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class photo

The sheetmetal is the same as last year's, but the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class features some subtle revisions that deliver a more updated appearance. Up front is a more aero grille and revised LED lighting (similar to Audi's string of pearls). Its profile is inhabited by new mirrors and wheels. And, out back, the S-Class features more integrated tailpipes and taillights featuring a new "Stacked C" design. The S400 model wears additional badging to identify it as a hybrid, of course.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The roster of notable standard equipment begins with Mercedes' COMAND multi-media interface with CD/DVD player, SD card slot, and USB interface. Music is piped in via 14-speakers wired to a 600-watt harmon/kardon surround sound system. Seats are covered in rich leather, and there's automatic climate control with separate settings for the front footwell area. Standard safety includes such technology as ATTENTION ASSIST, which monitors driver alertness; Torque Vectoring Brake, which initiates rear wheel braking for greater stability through corners; a PRE-SAFE pre-collision system; and a knee bag for the driver. The S400 features a hybrid gauge and an animated flow-of-power graphic.

Optional Equipment

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S550 has an enormous list of optional equipment and features, many of which fall under the category of Assistance Systems, high-tech driver aids that primarily have a focus on safety. There's Speed Limit Assist, which recognizes speed limit signs and alerts the driver of the posted miles-per-hour. Crosswind stabilization counters the effects of gusty weather and helps keep the car on its intended path. Night View Assist PLUS spots pedestrians in low-light situations, and radar-based DISTRONIC Plus Adaptive Cruise Control helps maintain a safe distance with traffic ahead. This sedan is nothing short of a technological Tour de Force.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class now offers its broadest range of power, performance, and fuel economy yet. The S550 will still be the most appealing of the model line due to its smooth and strong 5.5-liter V8, yielding 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. It's neither under- nor overpowered. Conversely, the S600 and the AMG models are a bit overwhelming, while the S400 Hybrid feels somewhat labored during harder acceleration. But the S550, with its seamless 7-speed automatic transmission can get this 4,600-plus pound behemoth from zero to 60 in the high-five second range. For those who prefer an eco-friendlier alternative, they should opt for the S400 HYBRID, but expect a significant compromise to performance.

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower at 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23(RWD), 14/21 (AWD)

5.5-liter V12 Twin Turbocharged
510 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
612 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/17

6.3-liter V8
518 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/18

6.0-liter V12 Twin-Turbocharged
604 horsepower @ 4800-5100 rpm
738 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000-4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/17

3.5-liter V6 Mild Hybrid
295 horsepower (net)
284 lb.-ft. of torque (net)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25

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2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

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!"

3 people out of 8 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."

14 people out of 27 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."

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"

this is the finest automobile I have ever owned

By on Monday, May 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,380

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: "comfort, performance, reliability ,quality =10"

Cons: "electronics can be confusing if not used regularly"

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

"I found this car to be extremely satisfying in all catagories especially performance and comfort. the electronics should have been simplified a bit. the stereo, navi. and Bluetooth can be a little confusing if you don't use them regularly. In spite of that I would still rate this car 10 of 10."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A truly remarkable car

By on Saturday, April 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Like driving a fast 5000 pound sports cloud"

Cons: "Service expensive, but only every 10,000 miles"

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

"I purchased my car gently used, but still under warranty, and Mercedes repaired everything that needed attention. It's a wonderful road car, elegant around town, safe and comfortable, probably the best car I've ever had. Buying it used saved almost 50% off original sticker price."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

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