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Verdict

9.5 / 10

​​Design | Comfort | Tech | Performance | Safety | Fuel Economy | Pricing | FAQs

When I was a kid, I remember witnessing a restaurant opening that had all the trappings of the glitterati, especially the long queue of chauffeured vehicles waiting to deposit VIPs onto the red carpet. But what I recall the most was how obnoxious those limousines looked, most of them stretched Hummer H2s and Cadillac Escalades.

The era’s most desirable SUVs made one car stand out, paradoxically enough. As the only sedan in the group – based on a Lincoln Town Car that was long in the tooth even back in 2002 – the limo looked established, rather than trendy.

The experience is cemented in my mind two decades later as my boyfriend and I drive up PCH in a 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580, the distant descendant of the ultra-luxury cars designed in the ‘20s by engineer Wilhelm Maybach. Around us are the rides that are all too common in Malibu these days. The latest Escalade dots the road, as do the BMW X5, Bentley Bentayga, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Yet once we get to our destination and head onto the restaurant patio for our own miniature red carpet moment, we notice it’s the Maybach that has folks gathering in the parking lot. Good.

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Quick Stats 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580
Engine: Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8
Output: 496 Horsepower / 516 Pound-Feet
Curb Weight: 5,247 Pounds
0-60 MPH: 4.7 Seconds
As-Tested Price: $228,450

Gallery: 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580 Review

Design

6/10
  • Exterior Color: Nautical Blue / Cirrus Silver
  • Interior Color: Silver Grey / Black
  • Wheel Size: 20 Inches

Praise Wilhelm, does the Maybach look great. It gets a 7.1-inch stretch between the wheels compared to the regular S-Class, with a long rear door and peekaboo opera windows in the pillars. With a chrome rib running down the center of the hood, a standard set of 20-inch monoblock forged wheels, and one of the most gorgeous paint finishes I’ve ever seen, the elongated S580 exudes attention to detail. And it better, considering the two-tone scheme is a $14,500 option all by itself.

Inside, the $8,000 Manufaktur leather package covers the headliner, sun visors, door panels, dashboard, and even assist handles in real hide. The posh, fanned aluminum and wood trim is another $3,200, but it’s worth it for how artfully it follows the contours of the front seatbacks. Yet no amount of money will convince Mercedes to do away with the plasticky-feeling gloss black material on the center console. A slick “Manufaktur” emblem dresses it up a bit, but it still looks cheap, a word you rarely use to describe the Rolls-Royce Ghost or Bentley Flying Spur.

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Comfort

9/10
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Seating Configuration: 2 / 2
  • Cargo Capacity: 12.3 Cubic Feet

No one could possibly complain about how comfortably and quietly this Mercedes-Maybach S580 goes about its business, but yet again, you’ve got to pay for the privilege. The automaker’s E-Active Body Control suspension is a $6,500 option, but you don’t want to start scrimping when you’re already spending 190 large. That’s because E-ABC actively scans the road ahead and adjusts each individual damper for obstacles in real time, maintaining a perfectly level ride at neighborhood speeds and peerless stability on the freeway.

Interior Dimensions: Headroom, Front/Rear: Legroom, Front/Rear: Cargo Volume:
Mercedes-Maybach S580 42.1 / 39.4 Inches 41.7 / 49.1 Inches 12.3 Cubic Feet
Bentley Flying Spur 37.4 / 37.0 Inches 41.9 / 42.9 Inches 14.8 Cubic Feet
Rolls-Royce Ghost 40.6 / 39.0 Inches 41.7 / 49.0 Inches 17.3 Cubic Feet

Another box that every customer should tick is the $6,000 executive rear seat package, which swaps out a bench for two captain’s chairs and an executive console, complete with tray tables and heated and cooled cupholders. All four seating positions get massage, heat, and cooling, and the right-rear passenger can fold away the front seat and deploy a leg rest for first-class comfort. And as you’d expect given the wheelbase stretch, the Maybach is more spacious than either of its chief rivals – only the trunk comes up short.

Technology & Connectivity

8/10
  • Center Display: 12.8-Inch Touchscreen
  • Instrument Cluster Display: 12.3 Inches
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto: Yes

The tech suite is mostly S-Class fare, with a 12.8-inch square touchscreen and 12.3-inch instrument cluster running MBUX software. The augmented-reality head-up display is standard on the Maybach, projecting navigation instructions and driver-assist info directly onto the driver’s view of the road and surrounding traffic. A brilliant Burmester audio system and ambient lighting with a variety of multicolor themes are standard – the Miami Rose and Malibu Sunset light designs throw major retrowave energy, so pick your music to match

The large touchscreen display integrates most secondary functions, which makes using climate control on the fly a bit distracting. And the capacitive-touch volume slider and steering wheel thumbpads are hard to make fine adjustments with. But the infotainment graphics are beautiful, and the screen itself is very responsive.

Performance & Handling

7/10
  • Engine: Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8
  • Output: 496 Horsepower / 516 Pound-Feet
  • Transmission: Nine-Speed Automatic

The mild-hybrid, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under the hood of the Maybach S580 does a fine job of moving the 5,247-pound sedan. The integrated starter-generator and 48-volt electrical system provide smooth departures from stoplights and backfill any turbo lag with a touch of electric torque. Total output is 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet, and Mercedes says the Maybach will hit 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, which is the perfect pace for this car’s demeanor. Still, those who insist on the most can now buy a Maybach S680, which gets a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 with 621 hp and 664 lb-ft.

Very few people are concerned about the cornering abilities of a nearly 18-foot-long car, but the Maybach nevertheless acquits itself well thanks to that E-ABC suspension. Body motions are tightly controlled, and standard four-wheel steering massively improves maneuverability thanks to a rear axle that can turn up to 10 degrees. Overall, the Maybach offers a smooth, genteel driving experience that maintains its composure in most situations, even if it isn’t overtly sporty.

Safety

9/10
  • Driver Assistance Level: SAE Level 2 (Hands-On)
  • NHTSA Rating: Not Rated
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick Plus

Thankfully, Mercedes doesn’t require buyers to pay extra for driver assistance and active safety. The company literally invented adaptive cruise control, so it should surprise no one that the Maybach S580 is wonderful at maintaining a safe distance from leading traffic. The lane-assistance tech is also among the best in the industry, with lane-departure prevention, lane centering, and active lane-change assistance. However, all of these features require your hands on the wheel, keeping the Merc from a perfect score.

Fuel Economy

7/10
  • City: 15 MPG
  • Highway: 24 MPG
  • Combined: 18 MPG
Efficiency: City: Highway: Combined:
2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580 15 MPG 24 MPG 18 MPG
2022 Bentley Flying Spur V8 15 MPG 22 MPG 17 MPG
2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost 12 MPG 19 MPG 14 MPG

Pricing

10/10
  • Base Price: $184,900 + $1,050 Destination
  • Trim Base Price: $185,950
  • As-Tested Price: $228,450

It is unfathomable that a $228,450 car could score a perfect 10 for pricing – especially considering its staggering $42,500 in options – but that’s because the Mercedes-Maybach S580 is a bargain in the ultra-luxury sedan segment. The Flying Spur costs $208,225 to start, but add advanced driver assistance, rear bucket seats, and four-wheel steering and you’ll be knocking on a $230,000 door. The Ghost starts at nearly $350,000 before any options, meaning you could buy a loaded Maybach and a nicely equipped E53 cabriolet for the price of the Rolls.

Although the allure of British luxury is tempting, I’d still probably choose the Mercedes-Maybach S580 even if it weren’t such a bargain. With stretch-limo gravitas, excellent Teutonic engineering, and phenomenal quality inside and out, the Maybach wears its historic name with pride.

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FAQs

Is The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class The Same As The Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

No, not exactly. Maybach is Mercedes’ flagship brand, which produces ultra-luxurious versions of the company’s products. The Maybach S-Class has a 7.1-inch-longer wheelbase than its Benz-branded sibling, with all of that space going to the rear seat. As a result, it’s commodious and limousine-like for the people back there.

Does The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Have A V12?

The Mercedes-Maybach S580 offers a mild-hybrid, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, while the S680 gets a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12. The former makes 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet, while the latter has 621 hp and 664 lb-ft.

Is The Mercedes-Maybach S580 Comfortable?

Yes, it’s very comfortable. With E-Active Body Control and the executive rear seat package, the cabin is smooth and hushed at speed, with four individual bucket seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functionality.

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580

Engine Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 w/ISG
Output 496 Horsepower / 516 Pound-Feet
Transmission Nine-Speed Automatic
Drive Type All-Wheel Drive
Speed 0-60 MPH 4.7 Seconds
Maximum speed 130 MPH
Efficiency 15 City / 24 Highway / 18 Combined
Weight 5,247 Pounds
Seating Capacity 5
Cargo Volume 12.3 Cubic Feet
Base Price $184,900 + $1,050 Destination
Trim Base Price $185,950
As-Tested Price $228,450
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