Compare 2012 Audi A8 vs 2012 BMW 7-Series vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2012 Audi A8
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2012 BMW 7-Series
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A8 4-Door Sedan 18 28 $73,237 $78,750
A8 L 4-Door Sedan W12 14 21 $124,157 $133,500
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4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD 17 25 $69,460 $75,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740i RWD 17 25 $65,320 $71,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $92,920 $101,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li RWD 14 22 $81,145 $88,200
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li xDrive AWD 14 20 $83,905 $91,200
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $89,240 $97,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i RWD 15 22 $77,555 $84,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i xDrive AWD 14 20 $80,315 $87,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 760Li RWD 13 19 $126,315 $137,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB RWD 14 22 $116,380 $126,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $119,140 $129,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB RWD 14 22 $112,790 $122,600
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $115,550 $125,600
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4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$73,237
$69,460
$86,072
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,750
$75,500
$92,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1313 / month
$1258 / month
$1543 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
9.4
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel. The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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)
115.1 115 109.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.8 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 205.2 206.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.3 58.0
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 63.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 17.7 16.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.0 x - TBD - 13.6 x 0.94 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15.0 x - TBD - 14.7 x 1.42 13.2 x 1.25
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 21.7 23.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 19.1 17.83
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 41.7 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - NA 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4178 4784
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.7 9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 180 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
4.2L/254 3.0L/182 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 326 @ 5800 240 @ 3600
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I6 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 332 @ 1500-4500 455 @ 2400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25 31
Transmission
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 All 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
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 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.17 4.38
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style
Sedan 4-Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Integral-V Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.3 8.5

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