The Mercedes-Benz S-class vehicles are well known for their luxury and comfort. The all-new Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan brings a new revolution in the world of luxury cars challenging brands like Rolls Royce and Bentley head-on. The car offers Modern Luxury and Convenience with the highest quality of processed materials.
Starting at a price of $168,600 the S560 is one of the luxurious cars around. It has 4.0L V8 bi-turbo engine with 9-speed automatic transmission. In addition to its performance the car has several high-end safety features as well. The car also offers several future-oriented highly developed assistance systems such as Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist providing an even more convenient, safe and comfortable ride for the driver.
The Maybach S 560 is competing with Rolls Royce Ghost and Bentley Mulsanne, costing twice as that of Mercedes. In terms of power and performance Mercedes-Benz S560 outmatches both Rolls Royce and Bentley Mulsanne with respect to their price.
The ultimate luxury is to be powerful, This S-class is just that. It comes with a 463-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, 9-G Tronic gearbox, couple that with the air suspensions and boy! This car can fly. This new engine is more efficient than its predecessor thanks to the new CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Features
There is only one trim level, you get all you can desire and much more than that. At the rear you get four-way power-adjustable outboard seats with heating and cooling functions, power-operated leg rests, a built-in massage feature, and a massive 40inches leg-room.
If you want a bigger engine you can go for the Maybach S650, which is the same car but with a bigger V-12 engine.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan
All-LED exterior/interior lighting
Active drive assist Distronic
Active steering assist
Heated 12-way power front seat with memory
Remote start via Mercedes mobile app
The Maybach in itself is more than enough. Still, for those in search of more can spend $1950 and get the rear bench replaced with a pair of individual seats and a full-length center console with folding tray tables.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Engine
“The new twin-turbo V-8 is devoid of any noticeable lag, while the standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive system applies torque to each wheel with the finesse of Lionel Messi dribbling a soccer ball” -Caranddriver
Power and Performance
The new 463 horsepower V8 feels powerful both in city or highway. This engine comes mated to a 9 G-Tronic gearbox which is efficient and handles the gear changing duties without breaking a sweat. The air suspension just completes the package and makes this car indestructible in its forte – ‘luxury on the move’
However, if you are willing to pay more, a lot more, than you can get an even powerful 563hp in the Rolls Royce Ghost or a 505 hp in the Bently Mulsanne.
Engine and transmission the Mercedes Maybach S560 vs competitors
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S560
Rolls Royce Ghost
8-speed shiftable automatic
463 hp @ 5,250-5,500 rpm
563hp @5250 rpm
505 hp @ 4000 rpm
516 lb.-ft. @ 1500rpm
605 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm
752 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm
The Maybach despite its smaller engine, wins the acceleration battle. Full-marks to Mercedes engineers for this achievements. Surprisingly, in a race to quarter-mile, it is only a second slower than the Ghost and even defeats the Mulsanne.
Braking and Handling
The brilliant adaptive cruise control on the Maybach uses navigation data inputs to adjust the speed of the car. The car is equipped with semi-autonomous functions, which is a tad slow and bit confused at times. Apart from this the handles like a dream all thanks to the air suspension.
The brakes in the Mercedes Maybach are progressive which inspires confidence. The efficient braking system brings this mammoth car to a halt from 60mph in just 114ft.
Brake pads Rear(in)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Fuel Economy
When you buy a car in this category, the fuel economy doesn’t matter. For what it’s worth the Maybach S560 is most fuel-efficient in its class. Thanks to the CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system, the car delivers a respectable 19 miles to the gallon.
Mpg city mpg
Mpg highway mpg
Mpg combined mpg
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Interior
“There’s not one surface, switch, or function that exhibits any compromise or consideration of cost. The seats envelop you like the best leather recliners you can imagine, and all four corners offer massage, heating, and cooling capabilities.” - Automobilemag
Seating and Comfort
Open the immense rear door of the Maybach S560 and you’ll be welcomed with the ambient lighting. The legroom is massive and the quality of the materials used is world-class. If the massive legroom is not enough for you, with Chauffeur Package, the occupant can push the front passenger seat all the way forward at the touch of a button, summoning even more space.
The Maybach’s Backseat can give a Boeing’s business class seat a run for its money. The dashboard is also neatly laid down. There is a pair of 12.3inches screens, one in front of the driver and other in the center. The driver can control both the screens using a center-console-mounted rotary knob with a touchpad above it.
Other Seating options include:
2 LCD Monitors In The Front and 2 LCD Row Monitors In The Rear
12-way power adjustable rear seat
Hand-crafted silver champagne flutes
Active Multicontour Front Seats with massage function
26 Speakers Burmester 3D High-End Surround Sound System.
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
There are total 4 screens in the Maybach, 2 in the front and 2 in the rear. The infotainment in the 2018 Mercedes Maybach is a 12.3 inches touchscreen located at the center of the console. It is controlled by a center-console-mounted rotary knob with a touchpad above it. Besides that, There is also a 26 speaker Burmester surround sound system with 1190w amplifier.
Other infotainment features include:
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
2 Wireless Headphones’
SiriusXM Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
The Mercedes Maybach S560 is no doubt a luxury-oriented car, but what about cargo? With rear seats up, the Mercedes is 12.3 cube feet. These volumes are adequate at best. Its competition allows a bit better cargo hauling, with its rival Ghost, offering the best storage space in this field.
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)
Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Exterior
“The Maybach pairs its lavish innards with bodywork similar to that of the shorter and more demure Mercedes-Benz S-class” -Caranddriver
Dimension and weight
Length, width, and height of 2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S560 Sedan are 214.7, 83.9, and 58.7 inches, respectively. The competition is not even close to the width offered by the Maybach S560. Ground clearance is 5.0 inches and adjustable. Furthermore, the Maybach has the longest wheelbase in the class resulting in the maximum rear legroom.
Track width(in) F/R
On the exterior front, there is not much to differentiate the Maybach S560 from Merc’s S class. However, the car is longer, in fact with a wheelbase of 132.5 inches, is 7.9 inches longer than that of its Benz counterpart. The most notable bit about the exterior is its long door and large alloys which are available in 9 different styles
Exterior features include:
New fascias along with LED headlights
New bumper with chrome outlined air intakes
Maybach’s ornamental logo as an option
20inches aluminum wheels
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Safety
As of now, the car has not been rated by either NHSTA OR IIHS. Although considering the safety performance of the previous generation, this car is made like a tank and will keep its occupants safe under most circumstances.
On the reliability front, nobody doubts a Mercedes. Hence making that trust stronger Mercedes is giving a 4 Years/50,000 Miles overall warranty on the Maybach S560.
The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S560 has a long list of safety features which include:
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side AirbagsWS
Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision
Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning\
Parktronic with Active Parking Assist Automated Parking Sensors
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Competition
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S560 vs Rolls Royce Ghost
The Rolls Royce is a class in itself. The spirit of ecstasy holds its own value which cannot be replaced in the minds of those, who can afford it. However, one thing that even the Ghost cannot compete with, is the backseat of the Maybach S560.
Agreed, that the engine in the Maybach S560 is smaller but it doesn’t feel underpowered anytime. It has all the power you’ll ever need. On the top of that, it is nearly $146,000 cheaper than the Ghost.
The Maybach S560 and the ghost follows a different approach, as the ghost is more driver-centric. So it’s up to you which car you want and for what purpose.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S560 vs Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley since its very first car has given the world some great cars. The Mulsanne is no different. It has a massive V12 churning out insane power and torque figures. Both the backseat and front seats are as luxury as it can get. The looks are imposing and classy.
On its own the Bentley Mulsanne is a great car, maybe better than the Maybach S560 but consider the fact that for a Mulsanne you’ll pay nearly double the amount you pay for a Maybach S560, and you’ll love the S560 again.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 560 Final Verdict
The Mercedes Maybach S560, especially with that new 4.0 liter V8 has become even more desirable than before. The rear seats are the benchmark of luxury. With a starting price of $168,600, it is a bargain. Yes! only if you consider its closest rivals.
However, the autonomous system of the car is a bit hesitance, and justifying a $69,000 premium over the normal S-class is a bit difficult. Still, getting out of the car with Maybach emblem on it is a sign that whatever you do, you do in sheer luxury and comfort.
Active Steer Assist
Magic Body Control suspension
Improved Fuel Economy
Rear-seat entertainment system
Power-operated sun blinds
Driver Assistance Technology
Cost of Ownership
New and Powerful Biturbo Engine
Magic Sky Control
Future Oriented Assists
463 hp @ 5250 rpm
516 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm
brake rotors (f/r)
14.4 in./15.4 in.
zero to 60 mph
braking (70-0 mph)
Obsidian Black Metallic
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Maybach S 560
463 hp @ 5250 rpm
Premium unleaded (required)
Maybach S 560 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)
Starting at $168,600 MSRP
463 hp @ 5250 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required) See Full Specs
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