Mercedes S-Class hybrid (2019-2020) reliability & safety
The Mercedes S-Class hybrid comes with numerous safety features as standard, with more on the options list
As yet, the current Mercedes S-Class hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, however there's no reason to be concerned about driver or passenger safety. Most of Mercedes’ line-up has achieved the full five-star safety rating in recent years, while the German brand finished 18th in the manufacturer category of our sister title Auto Express' 2018 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. The S-Class also comes with many safety features as standard, with even more to choose from on the options list.
Mercedes S-Class hybrid reliability & problems
It’s too early to tell how reliable the latest S-Class will prove to be, however previous models have been very reliable over the course of their lifespan. Like many German manufacturers, Mercedes has a reputation for high build quality, and issues with its plug-in systems are almost unheard of.
The Mercedes S-Class comes with collision prevention, active parking and attention assistance systems as standard. Mercedes’ Driver Assistance Package costs an extra £1,695, and includes semi-autonomous driver aids that can help with steering, braking, observing speed limits and keep the S-Class in its lane on the road. Blind-spot monitoring and evasive steering systems also feature. Night vision is a separate option on the S-Class, priced at £2,080, or as part of the winter package.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith 25 miles of electric range, the Mercedes S 560 e L is an impressive plug-in hybrid, but it comes at a hefty cost
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Mercedes S-Class hybrid promises 25 miles of electric range, and up to 113mpg fuel economy
- 3Running costsRegular charging of the battery in the Mercedes S-Class hybrid will make visits to fuel stations vanishingly rare
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Mercedes S-Class hybrid is serene and luxurious, although it has a turn of speed when needed
- 5Interior & comfortThe Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid is all about luxury, with passenger comfort prioritised above all else
- 6Practicality & boot spaceBoot space is the Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid’s weak point, with the battery pack eating into luggage capacity
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Mercedes S-Class hybrid comes with numerous safety features as standard, with more on the options list