With arrival of the dramatically reworked Jaguar XJ last year, the fourth generation of Audi's big, luxurious A8 sedan has tighter competition than ever.
The Audi A8 competes with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and will have the Lexus LS also in its sights.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class spans the range of powertrains from S400 Hybrid to BlueTec diesel, to twin-turbo S65 AMG.
It's also the foundation for the Maybach sedans.
The BMW 7-Series was new for 2009, and since then has added six-cylinder models, an ActiveHybrid gas-electric version, and a V-12 edition, all working perfectly with its de-Bangled style and its improved iDrive controller.
The least engaging of these models to drive is the Lexus LS, but it's offered in short-wheelbase Sport models to long-wheelbase hybrid LS 600h L versions, all of which are incredibly smooth and comfortable.
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|2012 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2012 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2012 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6|
|Large||Large||Large Car||Midsize cars||Large|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2012 Audi A8 vs. 2012 BMW 7-Series||2012 Audi A8 vs. 2012 Jaguar XJ||2012 Audi A8 vs. 2012 Lexus LS 460||2012 Audi A8 vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class|