2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD

Major competitors to the 2009 S-Class include the Audi A8, the BMW 7-Series, the Jaguar XJ, and the Lexus LS.

The XJ stands out for its distinctly British style that steers away from the crowd.

There are powerful 12-cylinder models of the A8 (A8 6.0 L) and 7-Series (760iL) to match the S600; all three have smooth, silent, and immensely torquey engines, but they're gas guzzlers, each and every one.

For the green crowd who must have the best, instead of a V-12, Lexus offers a hybrid V-8 powertrain on its top-of-the-line LS 600h L model, which gets a highest-in-class rating of 20 mpg city, 22 highway.

Each of these other models are offered in two different wheelbases (and lengths), but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is only sold in its long-wheelbase form in the United States.

The S-Class has typically been a prestige vehicle, carrying executives and captains of industry in style and comfort, but the S63 and S65 AMG models appeal to those craving acceleration that's on par with exotics, along with a sportscar feel, in the S-Class's spacious package.

Audi has the S8, but it's not nearly as powerful or as exclusive as the AMGs, while BMW has the Alpina B7, an elite version with a 500-hp supercharged V-8.

There's also the 400-hp Jaguar XJR that, along with the cheaper XJ, is faster than the numbers might indicate due to its lightweight aluminum body.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the best vehicles in the world—but you’ll pay for it.
Perky, nimble handling and frisky, refined performance is what separates the 2008 Audi A8 from the rest of the super-sedans.
Controversially styled, the 2008 BMW 7-Series still performs like a smaller sedan and carries rear passengers with ease.
The 2008 Jaguar XJ has a rich interior, good fuel economy, and a light touch, but its dowdy exterior is a major letdown.
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Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 750i4-Door Sedan XJ8
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan XJ8
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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