Today's S-Class looks imposing, but doesn't quite have its styling act honed.
Its AMG-gone-wild editions one-up the BMW's lightly done Alpina edition.
The next Audi A8 gains some distinction, but we have serious reservations about its Palm Pilot-like controller for audio and navigation.
The Jaguar XJ is the sexy alternative, radically removed from its stuffy past with an aero body, a swinging new interior, and amazing backseat room.
Remove the backseat, make it even more gorgeous and expensive, and you have the utterly fantastic but impractical Aston Martin Rapide.
Want tire-smoking performance and backseat space, but don't care much about aesthetic perfection? The Porsche Panamera hits all those notes, with a 0-60 mph time of about 3.3 seconds for Turbo models.
|2010 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2010 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2010 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings||2010 Aston Martin RapideBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V8||Gas V8|
|Large||Large||Large Car||Large Car||- TBD -||Subcompact|
|4-Door Sedan 750i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door HB S||4-Door Sedan Automatic|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||PDK Automatic||Touchtronic Automatic|