Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2008 BMW 7-Series

2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2008 BMW 7-Series
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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
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4-Door Sedan 750i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 750i 17 25 $70,655 $76,800
4-Door Sedan 750Li 17 25 $73,510 $79,900
4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 15 23 $105,800 $115,000
4-Door Sedan 760Li 14 22 $114,170 $124,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$80,631
$70,655
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$86,700
$76,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1445 / month
$1280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. Controversially styled, the 2008 BMW 7-Series still performs like a smaller sedan and carries rear passengers with ease.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
42.3 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.8 39.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
109.0 104.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.2 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
124.6 117.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 74.9
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 198.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 18.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x - TBD - 13.7 x 1.18
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 13.6 x 0.94
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.3
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.07
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 13.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 39.7
Steering Type
Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18 P245/50VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R18 P245/50VR18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4465 4486
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800 - 4800 360 @ 3400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.5L/333 4.8L/293
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000 360 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 17
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.52
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 (R2 2.23) 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.34
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.17
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class BMW 7 Series
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double-Pivot Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/4-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/5-Arm NA

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