If you love the Mercedes-Benz S-class but find it isn’t big enough or exclusive enough for your tastes, take a look at the 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S560/S650. The S560 and S650 are made for limousine living. Their palatial rear seats are available with all the comforts needed to make chauffeured journeys an unmitigated delight. Although they cost thousands more than their Mercedes sibling, they’re less expensive and less ostentatious than land barges such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Buyers who want ultra-luxury transportation that leans toward understatement may find S560 and S650 to be a perfect match.
> S560: $ 173,995
> S650: $ 203,545
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
With both the S560 and S650, you get a cabin that drips with opulence. Luscious leathers and gleaming woods are used throughout, and the interior design is sleek and stylish. These cars have a longer wheelbase than the Benz S-class, and this translates to more legroom for rear-seat passengers. While the S-class provides 34.1 inches of legroom in the back, the S560 and S650 bump this up to a generous 40 inches. The rear compartment comes standard with seats that can heat, ventilate, and massage. Adding the Executive Rear Seat Plus package brings in two folding tables for the rear seats, along with heated and cooled cupholders. This roomier, enhanced rear seat is the main feature justifying the S560 and S650’s price premium versus the S-class. Unless you’re planning on letting a chauffeur take the wheel, we’d recommend sticking with the Mercedes S-class sedan. Somewhat surprisingly, the S560 and S650 are light on cargo space. There’s just 12.3 cubic feet of room in the trunk. With the Rolls-Royce Phantom, you get a trunk with 19 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Mercedes-Maybach’s pair of sedans come with a comprehensive array of tech features. The standard Burmester audio system provides 26 speakers for an immersive listening experience. All models come with SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth phone and music streaming. You also get Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone integration, along with standard rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two wireless headphones.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2020 S560 is motivated by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 463 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. A 9 (nine) speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. With the S650, a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 does the honors, and it provides 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant comes with rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. An S560 that we tested at the track made it from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, which is an impressive performance for a car with such sizable dimensions. With both sedans, you get handling that’s poised and gracious. The steering is light at low speeds and gets weightier as the car’s pace increases. The suspension is magnificently calibrated, keeping road harshness at bay while avoiding excessive body roll through turns.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With the 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S560, EPA-rated fuel economy comes in at 16/25 mpg city / highway and the 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650 is rated at 13/21 mpg. These cars are a lot less fuel efficient that the Benz S-class; that model achieves mileage of up to 19/28 mpg. Still, the S560 and S650 get better fuel economy than the Rolls-Royce Phantom which comes in at 12/20 mpg. During our time with an S560, we observed overall mileage of 18 mpg.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S560/S650 haven’t received an overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, both these models come with a wide range of driver-assistance features that can help you (or your chauffeur) prevent accidents. Key safety features include: Standard blind-spot monitoring. Standard automated emergency braking. Standard lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning. Standard night-vision camera.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Mercedes-Maybach provides solid warranty coverage. It surpasses the protection offered by Bentley. Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. No complimentary scheduled maintenance.