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2019 (69) Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500L AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active parking assist including parktronic and reversing cameraAnalogue clock with Mercedes-Benz star
Attention assistBluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Collision prevention assist plusComand online HDD nav, colour display, 3d map, radio/MP3, speed limit assist, liinguatronic voice control, WLAN, SD card, 10GB music, media interface
Crosswind AssistDigital operating instructions
Direct steeringDual bonded 12.3" widescreen cockpit consisting of an instrument and media display
ECO start/stop functionFront wireless charging system for mobile devices
Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenanceNear field communication
Outside temperature gaugeRear seat belt status indicator
Remote boot lid release and closingService indicator (ASSYST)
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android autoSoft closing aid for doors and boot lid
Speedtronic cruise controlTraffic sign assist
Trip computer in multifunction displays showing current fuel consumption 

Entertainment

Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers and a 9 channel amplifier with total output of 590 wattsCentral controller dial to operate audio functions and telephone
DAB digital radio tunerTwo USB sockets in rear

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts
Automatically dimming rear view mirror and driver's exterior mirrorBody coloured bumpers
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrorsElectric windows with pre-safe closing function
Green tinted glassHeadlight Assist and automatic headlight activation
LED daytime running lightsLED tail lights
Magic vision control with adaptive heated windscreen wiper systemMulti beam intelligent LED headlight system with adaptive high beam assist plus and ultra range high beam
Rain sensing wipers with two stageRear stainless steel boot sill protector
Two pipe visible exhaust system with chrome tailpipe tips 

Interior Features

12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot2 cup holders in front and rear
3 spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, perforated grip area with touch control buttonsAmbient lighting with choice of 64 colour settings
AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studsAMG floor mats with AMG lettering
Automatic child seat recognition sensorEasy entry/ electrically adjustable steering column
Electrically lowering 3 rear head restraintsFront and rear illuminated vanity mirrors
Front seat backrests map pocketsFront seats full electric adjustment fore/aft/height, inclination and seat cushion adjustment, four way electric lumbar/height adjust head restraint
Front/rear centre armrests with stowageFront/rear reading lights
Glasses stowage compartmentHeated front seats
Heated rear seatsIlluminated door sill panels
Illuminated/air conditioned lockable glove compartmentLeather upholstery
Load securing rings in bootParcel nets in boot and front passenger footwell
Pre-safe impulse seatsSteering wheel gearshift paddles
Thermotronic luxury automatic climate control and two zone with three climate modes 

Packs

Front seat memory pack - S ClassKeyless Go comfort pack - S Class

Safety

Active bonnet pedestrian safety measureAnti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Brake pad wear indicator front brakesDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Electric parking brakeElectronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
ESP curve dynamic assistFirst aid kit
Front and outer rear seats seatbelt pre-tensioners with belt force limiters and automatic belt height adjustmentFront passenger seat with pre-safe positioning system
Front side airbagsGrey brake calipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
i-Size and ISOFIX Child seat fixing points in rear two outer seatsPre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTyre pressure monitoring system
Window airbags 

Security

Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection 

Technical

Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping system + level adjustmentPetrol Particulate Filter

Trim

Dashboard upper section in artico man-made leather 

Wheels

Tyrefit tyre sealant kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.259CO2 (g/km)169
HC0.037Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.033Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb182WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max193
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min177 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2999Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTION
Gears9 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)38.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.1EC Urban (mpg)28.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min7.8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High6.8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low12.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium8WLTP - MPG - Comb35.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max33.2WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min36.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High37.7WLTP - MPG - High41.5
WLTP - MPG - Low22.8WLTP - MPG - Medium35.3

General

Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power435
Coin DescriptionLCoin SeriesAMG Line
Generation Mark6Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0750E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)4.8Engine Power - BHP435
Engine Power - KW320Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5900Engine Torque - LBS.FT384
Engine Torque - MKG53Engine Torque - NM520
Engine Torque - RPM1800Top Speed155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/45 R19
Tyre Size Rear275/40 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 TWIN SPOKE AMGWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1496Length5271
Wheelbase3165Width1905
Width (including mirrors)2130 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)70Gross Vehicle Weight2695
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)530Max. Loading Weight740
Max. Roof Load100Max. Towing Weight - Braked2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight1955
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.3
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz S500

The Mercedes S-Class springs a surprise in six cylinder petrol-powered S500 form: it now makes logical sense as an ownership proposition. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Possibly the most innovative version of the latest Mercedes S-Class saloon is this one, the six cylinder 435bhp S500 petrol model. Electrified technology vastly improves this variant's efficiency and all the usual S-Class attributes apply. You'd like one.

Background

The Mercedes S-Class. It's traditionally been the sensible answer to the question every motoring expert likes to dodge - 'what's the best car in the world?'. Other vehicles can be more opulent, faster or better to drive but over the years, no other model has so consistently delivered such a technologically-advanced blend of automotive virtues. Here, we're looking at a vastly improved version of the sixth generation model. And checking it out in its six cylinder S500 petrol guise. Over 6,000 components have been either created or re-designed to change the 'W222'-series model launched back in 2013 into the car you see here - which makes this the most comprehensive mid-life update made to any car in Mercedes history. You can see why the Stuttgart maker felt the need to do that, with all-new versions of BMW's 7 Series, Audi's A8, Porsche's Panamera and the Lexus LS all recently launched with jaw-dropping technology in a bid to tempt away traditional S-Class buyers. So how does it all stack up? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Most S-Class saloon buyers in the UK will go for the 3.0-litre 286bhp diesel fitted to the S350d variant but here, we're looking at an arguably more interesting engine. It's another brand new 3.0-litre 'six', this one fitted to the petrol-powered S500 variant and putting out 457bhp. It draws on what Mercedes calls 'systematically electrified' technology to simultaneously boost power while saving fuel. This refers to a cutting-edge 48-volt electrical system that supplies an electric compressor - basically a turbocharger powered by an electric motor, hence this variant's instant throttle response. 62mph from rest is dispatched in about 4.5s on the way to a top speed that, as with all S-Class variants, must be rather pointlessly limited to 155mph. On the move, this car drives much like an E-Class and after the first few miles, you quickly forget the prodigious length and width. Even through the bends, it's not immediately obvious that you're piloting something weighing well over two tonnes. The brakes are reassuring and even the steering isn't too remote, though it's predictably lighter on feedback than is the case with a rival Jaguar XJ or BMW 7 Series. What we did anticipate was an exemplary standard of ride - which to a point is what you get. The full air suspension you'd now expect from a car in this class is of course a standard feature, adapting its demeanour to the 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+' and 'Individual' settings provided by the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system. These also tweak steering feel and the responses of the '9G-TRONIC PLUS' nine-speed auto transmission that's been introduced to replace the previous 7-speed unit.

Design and Build

We may be talking about a facelift here, but it's the most extensive model rejuvenation of any that Mercedes has undertaken in its entire history. You wouldn't really know that from a glance at the exterior of this car. Its dimensions are unchanged, so it remains 5,125mm long in its standard form, or 5,255mm in length in its long wheelbase guise. Changes are limited to details things: the prominent chromed front grille has been updated, as have the bumpers and the graphics of the LED headlamps and tail lights. Inside, the cabin materials are of an even higher grade than before, but otherwise, the spacious interior will be familiar to previous buyers of this sixth generation design. That means the front of the cabin continues to be dominated by two 12.3-inch screens and uses touch-sensitive steering wheel controls. New is an 'Energizing Comfort Control' package that links together various comfort systems in the vehicle: you choose a mode ('freshness', 'warmth', 'vitality', 'joy', 'comfort') and the set-up uses a range of various elements - interior climate, music, massaging seat settings, cabin fragrance and so on - to deliver a co-ordinated 10 minute programme aimed at re-vitalising you. On a more practical note, there's a 510-litre boot.

Market and Model

The S500 is available only in 'AMG Line' trim with the long wheelbase bodystyle and it costs around £85,000. That's about £10,000 more than you'd pay for a comparable S350d diesel lwb variant. A key draw this time round will be the improved 'Intelligent Drive' driving assistance technology on offer which takes another step towards fully autonomous driving. DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of curves or junctions. This is complemented by a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist and additional functions of the Active Emergency Stop Assist. What else? Well, a 'Remote Parking Assist' feature enables the car to be parked remotely using a smartphone app. The Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system now has even more speakers and an output of 1,520 watts. And a new Concierge Service can help the S-Class driver with everything from making restaurant reservations and obtaining tips about tourist routes, to gathering information on cultural or sporting events, before sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.

Cost of Ownership

All the headlines with this current S-Class model have centred around the improved 3.0-litre diesel engine, but even greater efforts have been made with this S500's inline petrol 3.0-litre six cylinder unit. This variant can boast a huge efficiency improvement, with fuel economy up from the 31.7mpg combined cycle figure achieved by the pre-facelifted version of this derivative to 40.9mpg now. Emissions are now super-competitive too, rated at 157g/km of CO2. Both these stats are way better than those achieved by the nearest directly comparable class competitor, BMW's 750i. Mercedes has achieved such a startling improvement with this 3.0-litre petrol variant by radical engineering changes, the S500's six cylinder unit now featuring a 48-volt electrical system supplementing the usual 12-volt set-up. Plus, instead of a conventional alternator, this powerplant has an integrated starter-generator that provides power for energy-sapping items like the water pump and the air conditioning compressor. It regulates engine idling and is integral to the brake energy regeneration system. In short, this is what Mercedes describes as a 'systematically electrified' engine, a phrase the brand has coined to avoid confusion with the Plug-in hybrid powertrain also developed for this car that offers a full-electric driving range of around 30 miles.

Summary

This sixth generation S-Class saloon remains very competitive with - and in some cases a step ahead of - more recently introduced Luxury segment rivals, especially in this S500 guise. We're especially impressed with the efficiency improvements made by its newly electrified drivetrain. As a result, the S350d diesel variant can no longer be considered the automatic default choice in the range. As for the overall S-Class saloon proposition, well yes, other rivals may look more avant garde or handle with a touch more involvement. In overall terms though, Mercedes has done enough here to enable this model to remain a benchmark for the kind of luxury saloon every prestige brand would like to build. As it always was, it's a reference point for the current state of automotive technology. The best car in the world? You'll feel like it is if you buy one.

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
100%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
50%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£1041.05
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£57,998
Credit amount£57,749
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£22,934
Total amount payable£72,113.35
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge15.92p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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