Large luxury sedans are the envy of the auto universe, and the Audi A8 has been making progress in the space for the past two decades.
Of all these range-topping four-doors, the least engaging is the Lexus LS; it's offered in short-wheelbase Sport models to long-wheelbase hybrid LS 600h L versions, all of which are incredibly smooth and comfortable, but lacking in verve and visual energy.
As of late, the Jaguar XJ's joined the fray, with supercharged V-8 powerplants, ultimate interiors, and a glamorous aluminum body of its own giving it renewed hope.
The undisputed champion of the class is still the Mercedes S-Class, new for 2014 and much more lavish than before; it now has its own...perfume, believe it or not.
There's been an S-Class for virtually any taste in the past, but the 2014 model year brings only the S550, with rear- or all-wheel drive, though the future holds S-Class coupes and Rolls Ghost rivals.
The S-Class' closest sales rival is the BMW 7-Series, which comes in almost as many flavors, including the ActiveHybrid 7 and the V-12 edition.
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|2014 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2014 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2014 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2014 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2014 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-8||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8|
|Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars|
|4-Door Sedan 3.0T||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2014 Audi A8 vs. 2014 BMW 7-Series||2014 Audi A8 vs. 2014 Jaguar XJ||2014 Audi A8 vs. 2014 Lexus LS 460||2014 Audi A8 vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class|