Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2012 Audi A8

2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2012 Audi A8
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4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
4-Door Sedan RWD S550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 18 28 $73,237 $78,750
Pricing
Invoice Price
$85,421
$73,237
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,850
$78,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1531 / month
$1313 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 57.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
60.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
42.3 38.7
Front Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Hip Room (in)
60.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
109.0 115.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.2 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
124.6 117.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 76.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.75 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
206.5 202.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 13.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.9 14.0 x - TBD -
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 15.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.83 15.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 41.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18 P255/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R18 P255/45R19
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4630 4409
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 12.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
295 @ 6000 372 @ 6800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas V8
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
284 @ 2400-5000 328 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 4.2L/254
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.23 3.20
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Audi A8
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 5-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Trapezoidal-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4

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