The S-Class still looks imposing in its last years of life, and its AMG-gone-wild editions are numerically superior to BMW's Alpina-tuned 7er.
The new Audi A8 looks less convincingly different than we were promised, but it's a swift, stable performer with a marvelous interior--despite our serious reservations about its Palm Pilot-like controller for audio and navigation.
The Jaguar XJ sexes up the class with an aero body and a swinging interior, but the new shape zaps rear-seat room and not all of the new interior bits feel rich and expensive.
Remove half the backseat room from the XJ, make it even more gorgeous and expensive, and you have the utterly fantastic but impractical Aston Martin Rapide.
Double the rear-seat room, and add on impossible amounts of tire-smoking performance, and you arrive at the rather lumpy-looking Porsche Panamera, which obliterates all these cars with a 0-60 mph time of about 3.3 seconds for Turbo models.
|2011 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings||2011 Aston Martin RapideBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V6||Gas V12|
|Large||Large||Large Car||Large||Large Car||Subcompact|
|4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door HB||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||Sedan||4 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift|