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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
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 66 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

Nicest Vehicle I have ever driven

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

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: "superb automobile, now relatively inexpensive,"

Cons: "2007 technology, expensive to maintain"

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

"I bought this car with 73,000 miles from a Mercedes dealership in February of 2012. It had been ridden hard and poorly maintained. I have repaired, replaced or refurbished everything that needed work, including work recommended by non-mandatory manufacturer TSB's. Repairs and maintenance are quite expensive. I budget about $3000 per year for upkeep and use a qualified independent mechanic to control the cost and quality of repairs. The dealership is astronomically pricey and not very competent except for trivial repairs. I follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. As a result, the car continues to be reliable. A bluetooth OBD-II scanner installed in the automobile enables me to monitor, record and compare engine performance periodically. The car is comfortable and effortlessly rewarding to drive. I use it for solo trips of up to 9 hours per day as well as for my short (2.4 mile) daily commute. Long trips are not at all tiring largely because of the adaptive cruise control and the excellent seats. Gas mileage is only fair. My average mileage over 54,000 miles has been 17.6 mpg. EPA combined mileage is 16 mpg. My trip mileage is about 26 mpg Acceleration is awe inspiring. Handling is excellent and tight. All wheel drive (4Matic) is very good in upstate New York winters. The car was very technologically advanced at its debut, but its dashboard software is dated now by comparison with my wife's 2015 luxury SUV. The mechanical engineering and performance of the normally aspirated 382 horsepower, 5.5 liter M273 engine and the 7-speed automatic transmission is far superior to the newer SUV, however. The Airmatic suspension is the least reliable major system in the car, and I have had to replace both the front and rear level detection systems. The original air shocks are still intact, but the compressor and the compressor relay were replaced prior to my purchase at about 45,000 miles. The original camshaft position sensor design was defective on this car, and all four have been replaced. I replaced one of them at about 80,000 miles. The other three failed and were replaced prior to my purchase. The transmission fluid had not been replaced prior to my purchase even though the manufacturer recommends replacement every 40,000 mile, but no apparent damage occurred to the transmission. The car will easily cruise at over 100 mph and feel and sound like it is traveling at half that speed. Oil consumption is within expected limits. This by now venerable chariot is a lot more comfortable and rewarding to drive than any of the other luxury vehicles I have owned or driven. I expect to replace it with the next model S550 if that model is self-driving. I would recommend the 2007 to any aficionado of beautiful automobiles who has the money and the interest to maintain it in top condition. It will reward that kind of owner with exhilarating and reliable service."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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 9, 2016

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

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: "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."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

definetely has the most bells and whistles..

By on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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

10 10.0
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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..."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This is a great car

By on Wednesday, November 4, 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 24 found this review helpful

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