Compare 2009 Audi A8 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2009 Audi A8
2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 16 23 $68,867 $74,050
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4-Door Sedan RWD 5.5L V8
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 5.5L V8 14 21 $80,631 $86,700
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 5.5L V8 14 20 $83,421 $89,700
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.3L V8 AMG 11 17 $118,110 $127,000
4-Door Sedan RWD 5.5L V12 11 17 $134,106 $144,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.0L V12 AMG 11 17 $180,420 $194,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$68,867
$80,631
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$74,050
$86,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1234 / month
$1445 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Audi A8 and A8 L are nimble, refined luxury sedans that still stand out from the crowd. Hark! The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded with top safety and comfort-oriented technologies and is one of the best luxury sedans in the world.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
114.9 109.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.3 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.72 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
199.3 205.0
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.3 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.6 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.9 63.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.6 16.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.87 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.34 13.2 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/40HR18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
P245/40HR18 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40HR18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4321 4465
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
FSI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 3500 391 @ 2800 - 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 5.5L/333
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
350 @ 6800 382 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 14
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42 (R2 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.32 2.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Adaptive Air Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/5-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Adaptive Air Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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