Words such as sumptuous and lavish don’t properly illustrate how luxurious the palatial Mercedes-Maybach S-class truly is. Passengers can stretch out and relax on hot-stone-style massaging leather recliners and enjoy the Burmester audio system while an atomizer fills the cabin with one of Maybach’s five signature fragrances. The S560’s 463-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and the S650’s 621-hp twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 both provide effortless motivation. Prices start at just a tad less than $170,000.
The Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic ultra-luxury sedan is for the affluent buyer who prefers understated elegance to unadulterated ostentation. Whereas the Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls-Royce Ghost are both equal parts opulent indulgences and style statements, the Maybach pairs its lavish innards with bodywork similar to that of the shorter and more demure Mercedes-Benz S-class.
Like its lesser S-class brethren, the Maybach has undergone an extensive refresh for 2018. All S-class sedans receive new fascias along with LED headlights and taillamps that better align the car’s looks with those of newer Mercedes products. On the Maybach, fresh details include a small Maybach badge housed within the redesigned grille and a Maybach-specific front bumper that includes chrome-outlined lower air intakes.
Even so, the Mercedes-Maybach’s most notable exterior features remain its elongated greenhouse and rear doors. Both are the result of the Maybach’s stretched wheelbase, which, at 132.5 inches, is 7.9 inches longer than that of its Benz counterpart.
The extra length directly benefits rear-seat passengers, as legroom increases from 34.1 inches in the Benz to an even 40.0 inches in the Maybach. The sumptuous rear compartment includes four-way power-adjustable outboard seats with heating and cooling functions, power-operated leg rests, and a built-in massage feature. Those in search of additional splendor can drop $1950 to have the rear bench replaced with a pair of individual seats and a full-length center console with folding tray tables. A refrigerated box in the rear adds another $1100 to the bill, while hand-crafted silver champagne flutes will set customers back $3200. Entertainment screens attached to the front seatbacks are standard and offer rear passengers their own set of infotainment controls as well as individual sets of wireless headphones.
Although the Maybach’s accommodating rear quarters are its proverbial heart and soul, the car is no less enjoyable from the comfort of its 12-way power-adjustable front seats, both of which can heat, cool, and massage those settled in their cozy confines.
As in all S-class models, the Maybach’s dashboard is marked by a pair of 12.3-inch screens. The one mounted directly in front of the driver serves as the instrument cluster but also is able to display other pertinent vehicle information such as the feed from the standard front-mounted infrared night-vision camera. The second screen sits in the center of the dash and covers all infotainment functions. Unlike last year’s model, both screens now rest under a single piece of glass for a sleeker look.
A center-console-mounted rotary knob with a touchpad above it remain the primary means for users to interact with the central screen. Alternately, the driver can interface with both screens by way of touch-sensitive pads located on the reshaped three-spoke steering wheel. The right pad works the center screen, while the left one manages the instrument cluster. The infotainment system also accepts voice commands.