The Audi A8 family has grown to be a real contender in the world of highly-desirable full-size luxury sedans, and the S8 is its tenacious hammer.
In terms of all-out luxury, the Mercedes-Benz S-CLass is the overall winner in the category, especially when you consider the new Mercedes-Maybach trim level that turns up the opulence; Mercedes is also adding a plug-in hybrid version next year for those who want fuel economy without any real sacrifices.
The Jaguar XJ is one of the most handsome in the bunch, and its interior is a step above most vehicles in the class.
We're fond of the available supercharged V-8, too, and Jag recently added all-wheel drive to stay somewhat competitive with the Germans.
Within this class, the Lexus LS is the least engaging in standard form.
However, it's exceptionally comfortable, comes with built-in reliability as a consideration, and offers short- and long-wheelbases, as well as a variety of drivetrains and a more dynamic F Sport variant.
BMW's stalwart 7-Series is getting a refresh for 2016, with an all-new, lighter body and another rethink to its iDrive central nervous system; it will also offer trick self-parking with the driver outside the vehicle.
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|2016 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2016 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2016 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8|
|Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars|
|4-Door Sedan 3.0T||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan R-Sport RWD||4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD|
|All Wheel||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|quattro LWB Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2016 Audi A8 vs. 2016 BMW 7-Series||2016 Audi A8 vs. 2016 Jaguar XJ||2016 Audi A8 vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class|