2014 Hyundai Equus vs. Its Competition

2014 Hyundai Equus
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In a short time, Hyundai has done surprisingly much with its Equus, as well as the Genesis, which together comprise a luxury lineup that's differentiated in sales, service, look and feel, if not brand name.

In several decades of building the Lexus brand with standalone dealerships and products that really take on the German stalwarts, Lexus has an enviable reputation with its LS, which is, like the Equus, a little sterile compared to high-personality models like the Jaguar XJ ad Audi A8 L, and it doesn't come close to threatening the cachet of the Mercedes-Benz S Class, yet.

The big German sellers are in the same size class, but it's hard to think of someone stepping down from the BMW 7-Series or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class into an Equus if they're at all brand-snobbish--and the same holds true for the Audi A8, which may have some great tech features, such as its Google Earth maps, but its look isn't so distinct.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2014 Hyundai Equus gets even closer to what discerning luxury-car shoppers want—even if it still doesn't have the cachet.
9.2
The 2014 BMW 7-Series is not just luxurious and comfortable, but exceptionally quick and technologically advanced.
8.8
Had enough with the stoicism and tech overload of German flagships? The 2014 Jaguar XJ is a completely different kind of luxury car, with swinging style, a light, lean driving character, and a wide range of engines--including a new high-performance 550-hp XJR
9.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes an emotional appeal for its claim as the best sedan in the world, and we're feeling it.
MSRP From   
$61,250$74,000$74,200$92,900
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Signature4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2014 Hyundai Equus vs. 2014 BMW 7-Series2014 Hyundai Equus vs. 2014 Jaguar XJ2014 Hyundai Equus vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class