Only the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a true competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost, offering similar levels of power, refinement, luxury, and exclusivity.
The rest of the alternatives are undoubtedly luxurious, capable sedans in their own right, but fall into more "affordable," less exclusive niches. BMW's 7-Series and the Maserati Quattroporte perhaps share the Ghost's driver-centric feel to an even higher degree, particularly in the case of the Maserati.
The 7-Series, on the other hand, is markedly less pretentious, better suited to gliding incognito past protesters on the way to work.
The S-Class straddles the two strata, its lower-end models firmly in the attainable realm, while the far upper end of the S-Class continuum extends very nearly to Rolls-Royce/Bentley territory in terms of refinement, features, and price. In the end, it comes down to what the car will be used for, what the owner wants in terms of image, and just how much money is sitting in the bank.
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|13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas V12||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas/Electric V6||Turbocharged Gas/Ethanol W12||Gas V8|
|Large car||Large||Large||Midsize Cars||Large|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S|
|Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|