Mercedes’ S-Class is the benchmark by which all luxurious vehicles are judged, whether or not you are speaking in regards to the hoity-toity Maybach S650 limo or the ripsnorting AMG S63. Today I am speaking in regards to the extra modest, however nonetheless excellent 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Coupe. Appealing to those that favor to drive reasonably than be pushed, the two-door variant of the S-Class steps right down to a shorter general size and wheelbase for extra dynamic, agile efficiency. It additionally appeals to those that prefer to be seen, with a sleeker profile and extra seductive curves than the bigger, three-box sedan.4.0-liter biturbo V8 engineBeneath the S560’s hood is Mercedes’ silky, 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, making 463 horsepower, which the Coupe sends by way of a 9-speed automated transmission and customary 4Matic all-wheel drive. Smooth does not start to explain the velvety, easy energy supply of this powertrain — it pulls away from visitors lights with a quiet, assured purr and satisfying linear acceleration. Even in its softest Comfort drive mode, the S560 feels relaxed, however by no means lazy. Its throttle is at all times pretty responsive. Its gearbox is at all times able to easily downshift, waking the V8’s 516 pound-feet of torque whenever you want it.
Beneath all of that noise-reducing plastic purrs Benz’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8.
When it is time to hustle, the S560 is prepared to oblige. Its M176 V8 is, basically, a detuned model of the S63’s monster motor, however even when its purr turns into a growl in its most aggressive “Dynamic drive” mode, the Coupe continues to be a snug trip and by no means feels or sounds unrefined.
The customary air suspension is a strong praise for the polished powertrain, absorbing city bumps and potholes with remarkably little drama, whereas nonetheless boasting pretty agile dealing with when it’s essential juke round an impediment or tuck right into a bend. Standard stop-start expertise helps the S-Class Coupe obtain a modest 17 miles per gallon metropolis, whereas the air suspension’s potential to aerodynamically decrease at pace boosts the cruising financial system to 27 mpg freeway. Overall, the 2019 S560 averages out to 21 mpg mixed, edging out the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe by a single mile per gallon.Driver help technologyOf course, being the epitome of Mercedes-Benz luxurious means the 2019 S-Class may be had with the model’s newest era driver help tech, together with an adaptive cruise management system that not solely maintains a prudent following distance behind a lead automotive, however can even alter its cruising pace when a brand new posted pace restrict is detected by its ahead trying digicam. The cruise system can even sluggish for bends within the highway or upcoming turns in a navigation route.The S-Class is packed to the gills with sensors and cameras, together with this small night time imaginative and prescient digicam close to the badge.This era S-Class additionally encompasses a sturdy lane-centering, steering-assist system that may comply with bends within the highway and Mercedes-Benz Active Lane Change Assist expertise that may examine that the adjoining lane is obvious and semi-automatically steer the automobile over the road with a faucet of the flip sign stalk. I used to be very glad with adaptive cruise and lane conserving programs, however could not work out the semi-automatic lane-changing system, which did not appear fairly as intuitive as the same expertise I’ve examined within the BMW X5 and M850i.A surround-view digicam and distance sensors help when parking, whereas out there Active Park Assist can mechanically steer the automobile right into a parallel parking house. Rounding out the out there driver help expertise are automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, an evening imaginative and prescient digicam system and rear cross-traffic alerts.Energizing ComfortMercedes-Benz’s Energizing Comfort system is both an innovation in managing driver consolation or an pointless train in extra. Either method, it is one in all my favourite S-Class options. The finest approach to wrap your head across the system is to consider it as drive modes on your senses.
Five of Energizing Comfort’s six settings are themed round moods — named Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy and Comfort — that tie in local weather controls, audio settings, therapeutic massage modes, 64-color ambient lighting, cabin fragrances and extra, and are designed to reinforce the motive force’s emotional state. Freshness, for instance, units the ambient lighting to a cool blue and inexperienced motif whereas the local weather system blows a mild, scented breeze throughout my face. Joy, then again, triggers extra vibrant crimson and yellow ambient lighting, a stimulating therapeutic massage program and an upbeat music playlist. The Energizing Comfort system permits customers to select from mood-based presets for the therapeutic massage, local weather and lighting programs.
The sixth mode is Training, which leads the motive force by way of three train packages that may be executed whereas seated. This setting can solely be used whereas parked because it requires the motive force sometimes push, pull or stretch towards the steering wheel, which might be a fairly dangerous concept even in gridlocked visitors.Yes, it is all a bit gimmicky, however Mercedes claims that Energizing Comfort can really increase driver alertness and scale back fatigue. If nothing else, these presets actually do assist simplify the plethora of cabin consolation settings the S-Class provides.Dual-screen COMAND infotainmentOne space the place the S-Class is not innovative is within the dashboard. You will not discover Benz’s newest MBUX infotainment or augmented actuality navigation on this era S560, however the coupe nonetheless boasts a really trendy cabin tech suite within the type of a dual-screen model of Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment. The dashboard consists of two 12.3-inch coloration shows — one full-digital instrument cluster and one essential infotainment display screen — bonded to a single, broad piece of glass. Neither is a contact show, however each may be managed by a mixture of touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel and middle console. I favored the 2 small thumb pads and a set of buttons on the steering wheel that may be swiped and tapped, permitting virtually full management of all infotainment capabilities with out ever letting go. There’s additionally the acquainted COMAND management knob on the middle console that may be jogged, nudged and pressed to navigate the primary show in addition to a bigger touchpad controller that floats simply above it. An honest voice command system rounds out a really versatile (and redundant) suite of management strategies.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are customary on the 2019 S560 and permit drivers to convey their very own apps and maps alongside for the trip, ought to they so want, however neither of those smartphone-powered applied sciences labored with the Benz’s steering wheel or console touchpads. I might solely management them with the bodily COMAND knob, which was a bit awkward contemplating each have been designed primarily to be used on touchscreens.Overall, I discovered this model of Benz’s COMAND software program to be an intuitive system, benefiting from years of Mercedes ironing out the varied kinks and simplifying its construction. I used to be happy with the high-resolution graphics and loved interacting with the software program and settings throughout my week of testing. That stated, I will be even happier when the next-gen S-Class lastly will get the MBUX improve, which wowed me within the new A-Class.Earning its huge price ticketThe S-Class Coupe does not face many direct challengers. At the extra reasonably priced finish of the spectrum is the Lexus LC 500: a surprisingly potent various with a stunning, avant garde design, if you will get previous the horrible Entune infotainment. The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive is probably the S-Class Coupe’s closest competitor, buying and selling a little bit of poshness for efficiency that slots someplace between the S560 and the S63. With related efficiency, status and worth, I would additionally toss the Porsche Panamera GTS into the combo; strictly talking, it isn’t a coupe, however I will not maintain that towards it.The Mercedes-Benz S-Class begins at $101,350, however each S-Class Coupe is a not less than a V8-powered, all-wheel-drive mannequin — there aren’t any less-expensive V6 or rear-drive two-door variants — bumping its base worth as much as $125,950 earlier than a $995 vacation spot payment.
As examined, my instance stickered at $147,885 together with vacation spot, due to a flashy Designo crimson Nappa leather-based inside improve, AMG Line exterior styling and 20-inch wheels, along with driver aids and night time imaginative and prescient tech, and some different ins and outs. A completely loaded instance pushes the underside line north of $160,000 with frivolous choices like Swarovski crystal headlamps, however I believe my tester is an efficient mix of must-have applied sciences and elegance, and is near how I would spec mine. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Coupe walks softly and carries a giant price ticket, however it provides a implausible mix of energy, expertise, consolation and exclusivity for the cash, making it a troublesome act to comply with.