MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ S CLASS SALOON Maybach S650 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2328 g/km

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the ultimate expression of Mercedes saloon luxury. Customers get loads of space in the back, some of the greatest rear seats ever to grace a passenger car, a whisper quiet ride and a potent V12 twin-turbo powerplant. VIPs should form an orderly queue.

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Ten Second Review

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the ultimate expression of Mercedes saloon luxury. Customers get loads of space in the back, some of the greatest rear seats ever to grace a passenger car, a whisper quiet ride and a potent V12 twin-turbo powerplant. VIPs should form an orderly queue.

Background

Mercedes-Maybach is the Stuttgart company's top luxury brand. Once upon a time, 'Maybach' was a stand-alone marque, but boardroom customers didn't take to the Maybach 57 and 62 models produced just after the turn of the century, so the badge now only survives as a top-spec identifier for the S-Class saloon range. Various Mercedes-Maybach vaiants are offered in Europe but here, we only get the rear-driven S650 V12 version. It's now been significantly updated. Don't for one moment think that Mercedes has the equivalent of a Ford Ghia badge here. The Maybach S-Class isn't just a normal long-wheelbase S-Class that's had an enthusiastic run at the options list. This one is something very special indeed.

Driving Experience

Power comes courtesy of the most appropriate engine on offer, namely the brand's 630hp petrol V12 with a thumping 1,000Nm of torque. This 6.0-litre unit will waft you to 62mph in 4.7s and must be artificially restrained at 155mph. The full air suspension you'd 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. With the auto gearbox effortlessly slurring between the ratios and 'DYNAMIC SELECT' set to 'Comfort', this Mercedes eases over dips and bumps with an impressively unflustered gait, particularly at higher speeds. Around town you might notice the occasional pothole and speed hump that would have passed without comment in a rival BMW 7 Series or Lexus LS.

Design and Build

Recent changes to this Mercedes-Maybach model aim to set it apart from humbler S-Class variants. A reinterpretation of the previous radiator grille with its fine, vertical struts accentuates the front end. The grille was apparently inspired by a pinstriped suit. The two-tone exterior paint finish is also a classic Mercedes-Maybach theme. The exterior look of this top model is rounded off by a stylised set of 20-inch multi-spoke wheels. Otherwise, it's all as before, which means that the key distinguishing feature of a Mercedes-Maybach saloon lies in its side styling treatment. In comparison with the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class, it's 20cm longer but the rear door has been shortened by 66mm and therefore appears to blend into the overall composition, with no triangular window which instead has been relocated into the C-pillar. As a result, the rear seats are situated beyond the door cutout, which creates a feeling of exceptional privacy and exclusivity. The B-pillar is also covered in chrome. Overall the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is 207mm longer than the S-Class with long wheelbase. 200 mm of this is the result of the extension between the B and C-pillar. All this additional space is used to boost comfort for rear passengers. The rear seats are a pair of magnificent recliners and there's twice as much rear knee room compared to a standard S Class. The maximum backrest angle is 43.5 degrees and a Chauffeur package is also standard. The front passenger seat can be folded forward and the rear seat placed in an extended recline position for breaks. It also includes a heel support, which extends from under the front passenger seat. This allows a reclined position for sleeping and resting comfort.

Market and Model

Expect a £180,000 price tag for this S650 model that's well into Bentley territory. Equipment includes a panoramic sliding sunroof, airbags in the seat belts, HD-quality Bluetooth, a ten-speaker stereo with Frontbass, and the Exclusive trim package. This comprises fine-wood trim that surrounds the entire rear seating system. The front centre armrests are finished in nappa leather and the exclusive nappa leather upholstery features embossed Maybach crests. Another special feature in the dashboard is the IWC-branded analogue clock. The numbers are individually milled and applied. Equipping the car with special seals optimise the noise insulation, bonded triangular windows with a special seal, a generous area of insulation around the single seats, intelligent air ducting around the parcel shelf and sealed inertia reels on the seat belts all serve to shave off decibels.

Cost of Ownership

We're not sure who buys a top-end limousine and devotes too much consideration to the fuel economy, but for what it's worth, the S650 version of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will return a combined economy figure of 22.2mpg and an emissions figure of 289g/km. A bigger issue might well be residual value. Previous Maybach models haven't fared too well in this regard, especially when compared to Rolls-Royce or Bentley rivals. The comprehensive three year unlimited mileage warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. There's also an ASSYST dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the optional 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your Mercedes-Maybach to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

Where previous Maybach models tended to be a bit 'new money' for many, this latest Mercedes-Maybach S-Class dials down the bling but ramps up the desirability. We've already been utterly seduced by the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon and taking that car and adding extra luxury won't spoil the appeal one iota. There's no shortage of people who want luxury but don't want to be ostentatious about the fact, and there doesn't look to be anything that touches the Maybach in that regard. We think Mercedes has finally hit upon the right market positioning for Maybach. It'll be interesting to see where this sub-brand goes from here.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Electric windows with one touch open
  • Heated screen wash system
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Magic vision control
  • Heat insulating, noise insulating and infrared reflecting laminated glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers with two sensitivity stages

  • Dry braking
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill hold function
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Acceleration skid control

  • Magic body control with curve tilting function

  • Car telephony - Telephone module and SIM card reader in the glove compartment
  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Telephone pre-wiring with hands free facility

  • Doorhold system
  • Direct steering
  • Attention assist
  • Splitview for display screen
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Collision prevention assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Night view assist plus
  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Speed sensitive steering with variable steering ratio
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Energizing Comfort interior theme program

  • Driver electronic voice amplification function
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Garage door opener - integrated in rear view mirror
  • Remote boot release
  • Soft closing aid for boot/doors

  • Head up Display
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • AMG analogue clock
  • Comand online HDD nav, colour display, 3d map, radio/MP3, speed limit assist, liinguatronic voice control, WLAN, SD card, 10GB music, media interface
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Rear seat belt status indicator
  • Digital operating instructions
  • Wireless charging in rear
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Touch pad controller for COMAND online
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Mercedes-Benz emergency call
  • Instrument cluster with display

  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto dimming driver's door mirror

  • TV tuner
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Rear seat entertainment system
  • Frontbass loudspeakers
  • Burmester high end 3D surround sound system
  • Remote control for COMAND
  • 2 USB sockets in rear
  • Central controller dial to operate audio functions and telephone

  • Rear stainless steel boot sill protector
  • V12 lettering on front wings
  • Maybach specific design radiator grille with chrome vertical struts and MAYBACH lettering
  • Exhaust system with twin visible chrome plated tailpipes
  • Magic sky control in panoramic vario-roof with switchable transparency
  • AMG body styling

  • Headlight wash system
  • Headlamp assist
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Adaptive high beam assist
  • Rear fog light in LED technology in the centre of the rear apron
  • Multi beam LED with ultra range
  • Headlight Assist and automatic headlight activation

  • Thermotronic automatic 4 zone climate control

  • 3 spoke wood/leather AMG sports multi fuction steering wheel
  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console and boot
  • Electric sunblinds for rear side window
  • Front and rear map pockets
  • Front/rear centre armrests with storage
  • Twin rear cupholders
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Ashtray and cigar lighter
  • Easy entry/ electrically adjustable steering column
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Illuminated door sills
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Electric rear roller blind
  • Luggage nets in boot/front pass footwell
  • Sunglasses storage

  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Ambient lighting

  • Driving Assistance pack - S Class
  • Front seat comfort pack - S Class
  • Warmth comfort pack - S Class
  • Rear seat reclining pack - S Class
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - S Class
  • Air-balance pack - S Class
  • Rear seat comfort pack - S Class Maybach
  • Intelligent rear seat belt pack - S Class
  • Seat memory pack - S Class
  • Business Telephony pack - S Class

  • i-Size and ISOFIX Child Restraint system
  • Front passenger seat with pre-safe positioning system
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Rear outer seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • First aid kit
  • Rear side airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Warning triangle
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Window airbags
  • Active bonnet
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags

  • Comfort ventilated rear seats
  • Rear seat memory
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Comfort ventilated front seats
  • Electrically adjustable rear seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Pre-safe impulse seats
  • Luxury outer rear seats

  • Alarm system with interior protection
  • Remote central locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.624
  • HC: 0.07
  • NOx: 0.027
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 320
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 328

  • Cylinders: 12
  • Cylinder Layout: V12
  • Number of Valves: 36
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82.6
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 93
  • CC: 5980

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 13.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 27.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 20.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 11
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 18.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 23.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 19.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 25.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 15.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 14.5

  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Maybach
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 49E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 630
  • Badge Engine CC: 6.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 463
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 738
  • Engine Torque - NM: 1000
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 630
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 102

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: MULTI SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2130
  • Height: 1498
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5462
  • Width: 1899
  • Wheelbase: 3365

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2360
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2820
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 500
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 460
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.9

  • Velour floormats: Included

  • Designo trim - Black piano lacquer: Included
  • High gloss black poplar wood trim: £0
  • Burr walnut wood trim - Brown: £0
  • Designo trim - Black piano lacquer with flowing lines: £0

  • Designo two tone paint: £12,800
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Designo Magno Paint: £2,700

  • Designo floor mats: £0
  • Designo Exclusive semi-aniline leather: £0

  • Exclusive nappa leather pack - S Class 650: Included
  • Designo leather pack - S Class Maybach: £13,150
  • First Class Cabin pack - S Class Maybach: £7,300

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £0
  • Metallic - Magnetite black: £0
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £0
  • Metallic - Anthracite Blue: £0
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £0
  • Metallic - Diamond silver: £0
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £0
  • Metallic - Ruby black: £0

  • Designo Magno - Cashmere white: £2,700
  • Designo two tone - Iridium silver/Selenite grey: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Iridium silver/Obsidian black: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Selenite grey/Magnetite black: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Selenite grey/Obsidian black: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Aragonite silver/Obsidian black: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Aragonite silver/Anthracite blue: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Aragonite silver/Ruby black: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Obsidian black/Ruby black: £12,800
  • Designo two tone - Aragonite silver/Emerald green: £12,800
  • Designo - Diamond white bright: £0

  • Exclusive nappa leather pack - Black: £0
  • Exclusive nappa leather pack - Silk beige/Espresso brown: £0
  • Exclusive nappa leather pack - Porcelain/Black: £0
  • Exclusive nappa leather pack - Nut brown/Black: £0
  • Designo exclusive semi-aniline leather - Silk Beige/Titanium Grey Pearl: £0
  • Designo exclusive semi-aniline leather - Silk Beige/Satin Red Pearl: £0
  • Designo exclusive semi-aniline leather - Silk Beige/deep blue sea: £0

  • 20" Multi spoke forged design high gloss polished ceramic alloy wheels: £0
  • 20" Multi spoke design alloy wheels in thulium silver: Included
  • 20" 10 hole forged alloy wheels: £0
  • 20" 20 hole forged alloy wheels: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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