2016 Hyundai Equus vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With the Equus, Hyundai has made huge strides in the breadth of its lineup—while creating a credible luxury car that can build a reputation over time.

The most direct competition for the Equus comes from within the showroom, as the Genesis sedan was new for 2015 and offers a much more savvy, modern interpretation of luxury.

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.

Elsewhere, it comes close to Japanese luxury marques.

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 cool to the touch and disengaged from the driving experience.

And while not quite as large, Infiniti's new extended-wheelbase Q70 makes a decent competitor, although it too is somewhat more driver-focused.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Hyundai Equus brings strong value and insulated driving to the executive-sedan class, but enthusiastic drivers should still look to Europe.
Don’t let the conservative wrapper fool you, the 2016 BMW 7-Series charges boldly into a new generation as a sporty big sedan, with new ride-and-handling tech, space-age construction, and a plug-in hybrid version.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ balances extravagant looks with dazzling big-car performance.
Coupe, Cabriolet, and Maybach versions—and even a Plug-In Hybrid—make the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class far more diverse and adventurous than it used to be; it's now not just a flagship sedan, but a family of flagships.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Signature4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan R-Sport RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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