Compare 2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2008 BMW 7-Series

2009 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 22 $83,096 $89,350
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 5.5L V8 14 21 $85,886 $92,350
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.3L V8 AMG 11 17 $122,156 $131,350
4-Door Sedan RWD 5.5L V12 11 17 $137,128 $147,450
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.0L V12 AMG 11 17 $185,024 $198,950
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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
$83,096
$70,655
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$89,350
$76,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1489 / month
$1280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the best vehicles in the world—but you’ll pay for it. 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
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
60.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
60.8 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
109.0 104.0
Second Leg Room (in)
42.3 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.8 39.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.75 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 198.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 18.0
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)
11.8 x 0.9 13.6 x 0.94
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x 1.25 13.7 x 1.18
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.3
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.83 13.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 39.7
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.07
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R18 P245/50VR18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18 P245/50VR18
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4465 4486
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000 360 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800 - 4800 360 @ 3400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.5L/333 4.8L/293
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 25
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.52
Trans Type
7 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class BMW 7 Series
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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