The BMW 7-Series has been the S Class' closest historic competitor, and for good reason: it offers a very similar level of style, equipment, and luxury.
The decision between the BMW and the Mercedes often comes down to taste.
The story is similar with the Audi A8 and A8 L long-wheelbase model, though its sleeker, rounder form and more stark and simple interior design evoke a different aesthetic.
The Porsche Panamera is a higher-performance, sportier-looking alternative, but its roomy back seat makes it a viable executive alternative, even if it does lack some of the higher-tech safety systems.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur are super-luxury alternatives, but do overlap the S Class on price and equipment at the lower ranges of each.
With more traditional, somewhat more ostentatious design, the Ghost is for the executive that wishes to stand out; the Flying Spur may fly a bit lower under the radar among the general populace.
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|15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12|
|Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars|
|4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.0T||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door HB||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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