Compare 2012 Audi A8 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2012 Audi A8
2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 18 28 $73,237 $78,750
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4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
4-Door Sedan RWD S 550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S 63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S 600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S 65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$73,237
$85,421
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,750
$91,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1313 / month
$1531 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
115.1 109.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 206.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 63.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 16.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15.0 x - TBD - 13.2 x 1.25
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)
14.0 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 17.83
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4630
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 284 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 295 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.42
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4

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