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2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe
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The standard by which other brands are judged--but also the bar it must clear for each new iteration.

Competing with the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Tesla Model S, and Jaguar XJ, the S-Class's desired place at the top of the heap is a difficult one to maintain.

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.

Otherwise, 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.

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With the addition of a beautiful, expressive new Coupe, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no longer just the best sedan in the world; it's now a family of flagship models.
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The Audi A8 gains standard LED headlamps, a more powerful twin-turbo V-8, and a more efficient diesel engine for 2015.
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The 2015 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally quick and technologically advanced, but also very luxurious and wonderfully comfortable.
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The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
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The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur has lost none of its continental appeal, despite the name change.
MSRP From    
$94,400N/A$82,500$78,100$200,500
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-6Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12
EPA Class    
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan S65 AMG RWD4-Door Sedan 4.0T4-Door Sedan 740Ld xDrive AWD4-Door HB4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD

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