2022 W223 Mercedes-Benz S580e Malaysian video review – RM709k PHEV limo, best car in the world?

2022 W223 Mercedes-Benz S580e Malaysian video review – RM709k PHEV limo, best car in the world?

The W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available in Malaysia in a sole S580e plug-in hybrid variant. The brand’s flagship model and successor to the very popular W222 S-Class is priced at RM708,888. That’s a lot of money for something on four wheels, but Hafriz Shah reckons that the S580e is an absolute bargain.

That’s right, a bargain – there’s method to that “mad” statement, as you’ll find out in this video review. Smallish 19-inch alloys with Hankook tyres aside (there’s a reason for this), the Malaysian spec S580e is a variant at the top end of the S-Class tree and it’s very well specified – without the quirks of Malaysia’s CKD local assembly, this car’s natural price would be in excess of RM1 million.

The S580e is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six engine with 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. The M256’s electric motor partner has 150 PS/440 Nm, for a total system output of 510 PS and 750 Nm. That’s 34 PS and 50 Nm more than the previous PHEV, the W222 S560e.

Power goes through a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox and the big Merc gets from 0 to 100 km/h in a hot hatch-beating 5.2 seconds. But more important is the 100% bump in all-electric range, to 100 km on the WLTP cycle. This is thanks to a lithium-ion battery that has more than doubled in capacity to 28.6 kWh. The claimed combined fuel consumption is an unbelievable 0.6 to 1.0 litre per 100 km.

Charging this PHEV is AC only – using a three-phase AC wallbox charger and at a max rate of 11 kW, you’ll be able to top up the SOC to 80% in two to 2.5 hours.

The kit list is very long, as you’d expect from a flagship Mercedes-Benz. Highlights include the super advanced Digital Light LED headlamps, Tesla-style flush pop-out door handles, a fingerprint sensor for saving driver profiles, Airmatic air suspension with adaptive dampers, panoramic sunroof, front and rear Qi wireless chargers and an upgraded 64-colour ambient lighting system with 250 LEDs (was 40). The latter is spectacular at night and is visible even in the day.

Also on are a 16-speaker, 760-watt Burmester 3D surround sound system, plus soft closing for all doors and a hands-free powered boot.

The main event is in the rear, which has power-adjustable multi-contour seats with heating (including the pillow headrests), ventilation and an ottoman with calf massage function. The chairs are covered in Nappa leather, as per the front ones with memory and massage. Rear passengers also benefit from twin 11-inch touchscreens and wireless headsets, along with a seven-inch Android tablet in the centre.

So, is the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 580e PHEV form the best car in the world? Our man answers this question in the video above. Do you like this new look, though? And this might be just me, but why aren’t there more of the W223 around? In the W222’s heyday, the Mercedes limo was everywhere; today, even the BMW 7 Series with the huge nostrils is a more common sight than the Sonderklasse. Just me, probably.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • dellen on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    i too have never seen this on the road. very odd. im guessing stock issue… order bank bursting at the seams with waiting list 2 years long perhaps

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    • Rakyat Malaysia on Sep 23, 2022 at 7:15 pm

      One S class is ekceli nothing You all gotta see najib’s best buddy – zahid’s owned collection …BMW 320i, AUDI Q7, Mercedes Benz CLS 350, Toyota Vellfire, a Lexus LX 460, a Lexus, a Toyota Land Cruiser, a Honda Odyssey and a Chrysler Jeep Wrangler, two Harley Davidson models, two Ducati models, three BMW models and one each of Kawasaki and Honda C100.

      Many of his vehicles bearing the registration number “38”

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      • Veyron Owner on Sep 26, 2022 at 1:35 am

        I’m not sure why should anyone be envious of us rich. Some like him made his fortune so he bought using his money. Others like me still need daddykasi me MB position, and buy me my Veyron. If without him it would be me and not Najib in jail today. So tengkiu daddy, hope you live until 200 years old ya.

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    • seancorr on Sep 23, 2022 at 8:12 pm

      That or the previous owners got bitten by the previous gen hybrid issues. I see many 400h models in 3rd party Benz specialist workshops.

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  • Dong Gor on Sep 23, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Economy not good la…

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  • roland on Sep 23, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    as usual, superb detail in the review, makes all the other youtubers look like amateurs

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  • That huge audio screen….not my taste!

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  • spoovans on Sep 23, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    nice detailed review, gather that this is a ckd phev model, hence the attractive sale price…agreed that the kit list is extensive..though i do believe that stating this car as the best limo in the world, is rather presumptuous…
    also, am not sure if you had noticed the pronounced gap between the steering boss horn to the steering housing…one could see the inner clips etc holding the airbag and the boss itself…guess MB malaysia have their work cut out improving the build quality of their CKD cars

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  • seancorr on Sep 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    When you think of luxury on wheels, you think S-Class.

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  • Looney on Sep 23, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Hey, man with the black beak, there were already Mercedes with the flush door handles since 2010. Don’t believe me? Go take a look at the iconic Gullwing.

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    • why do i reply to morons on Sep 24, 2022 at 7:39 am

      can we talk about cars actually usable on daily basis and not garage queens overvalued by rich people stuck in the past dreaming about when their PP could still work

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  • Looks boring like C and E class. id stick with my W212. Dashboard design looks better than this weirdo dashboard with huge tablet screen

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  • Rear steer sudah ada kah in this Pekan-made Mercedes?

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  • Felda on Sep 24, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Not best car,

    But better than EQS, not the awkward cramp and straight sitting EQS 2nd row seats.
    At least not so worry about flood, but still worry to suffer.

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