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Compare 2011 Audi A8 vs 2010 BMW 7-Series vs 2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2011 Audi A8
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2010 BMW 7-Series
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2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A8 4-Door Sedan 17 27 $72,587 $78,050
A8 L 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $78,120 $84,000
Select style
4-Door Sedan 750Li RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li RWD 14 21 $79,030 $85,900
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li xDrive AWD 14 20 $81,790 $88,900
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i RWD 15 22 $75,440 $82,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i xDrive AWD 14 20 $78,200 $85,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 760Li RWD 13 19 $126,040 $137,000
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4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $81,794 $87,950
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 14 21 $87,978 $94,600
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 23 $85,188 $91,600
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 11 17 $139,221 $149,700
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 11 18 $124,202 $133,550
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 11 17 $187,070 $201,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$72,587
$79,030
$81,794
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,050
$85,900
$87,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1301 / month
$1432 / month
$1466 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
9.0
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier. Call us converts: The latest 2010 BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes from exclusive to earth-friendly to exotically fast-in just a couple hundred thousand dollars.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 14 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 21 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 60.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 44.3 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 40.8 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 60.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.2 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
114.9 115 105.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 38.9 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 57.6 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 65.0 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 126.4 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 74.9 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.4 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.72 - TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 205.3 206.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.3 58.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.6 14 19.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.34 14.7 x - TBD - 13.2 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.87 14.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.7 21.7 23.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 NA 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 19.1 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 41.7 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4641 4474
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 210 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas V8 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
FSI DI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 450 @ 1800-4500 284 combined
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 4.4L/268 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 400 @ 5500-6400 295 combined
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 21 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 14 19
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.46 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.17 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.52 1.92
Trans Type
8 6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.40 3.42
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4-Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-Wishbone w/stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Integral-V NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 11.0 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 5

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