Compare 2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2011 Audi A8

2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2011 Audi A8
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4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid 19 25 $81,794 $87,950
4-Door Sedan RWD S 550 15 23 $85,188 $91,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 550 14 21 $87,978 $94,600
4-Door Sedan RWD S 63 AMG 11 18 $124,202 $133,550
4-Door Sedan RWD S 600 11 17 $139,221 $149,700
4-Door Sedan RWD S 65 AMG 11 17 $187,070 $201,150
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 27 $72,587 $78,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$81,794
$72,587
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$87,950
$78,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1466 / month
$1301 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes from exclusive to earth-friendly to exotically fast-in just a couple hundred thousand dollars. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Car Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 57.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
60.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
42.3 38.7
Front Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Hip Room (in)
60.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.2 114.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.2 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
124.6 117.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 76.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 4.72
Length, Overall (in)
206.5 202.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
19.8 14.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.5 12.2 x 0.87
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x 1.3 14.2 x 1.34
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 41.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.8 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18 P255/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R18 P255/45R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4474 4409
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 12.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
295 combined 372 @ 6800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
284 combined 328 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 4.2L/254
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.23 3.20
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.17
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Audi A8
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Adaptive Air
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Four-link Adaptive Air
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.9

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