Compare 2012 Audi A8 vs 2012 Jaguar XJ vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2012 Audi A8
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2012 Jaguar XJ
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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
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
XJ 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $67,804 $73,700
XJ 4-Door Sedan Supercharged 15 21 $81,512 $88,600
XJ 4-Door Sedan Supersport 15 21 $102,304 $111,200
XJ 4-Door Sedan XJL 15 22 $74,244 $80,700
XJ 4-Door Sedan XJL Supercharged 15 21 $84,272 $91,600
XJ 4-Door Sedan XJL Supersport 15 21 $108,284 $117,700
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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
$67,804
$86,072
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,750
$73,700
$92,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1313 / month
$1228 / month
$1543 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.8
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. Cutting its ties with its illustrious and not so charmed past, the 2012 Jaguar XJ now rocks a swinging style that really suits its dynamic handling. 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 16 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 23 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Car Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 39.0 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 39.5 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 60.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 55.4 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
115.1 - TBD - 109.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.2 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 55.1 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.0 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 60.8
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 74.6 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.0 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD - 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 201.7 206.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 57.0 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 63.1 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 119.4 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 15.2 16.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15.0 x - TBD - 14.0 x - TBD - 13.2 x 1.25
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)
14.0 x - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD - 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 21.7 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 Variable 17.83
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 40.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P275/40R19 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/45R19 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4045 4784
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 19 x 9.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection DI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 380 @ 3500 455 @ 2400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 5.0L/305 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 385 @ 6500 240 @ 3600
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 19 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 23 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 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 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 - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.31 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/OD Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Jaguar XJ Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Air Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Double Wishbone Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.8 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 5

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