From executive sedan to rich man's plaything, the S-Class competes for the same attention spans as the BMW 7-Series.
We prefer the 7-Series' tamed, tailored lines by a slight margin; it also boggles the mind with even more rear-seat room than the S-Class, but as a result it's no longer the default choice for sharp handling.
The Lexus LS range comes in hybrid and gas versions, and it's a beautifully put-together, user-friendly piece-it's just short a meaningful badge and a round of suspension and steering tuning.
A new Audi A8 has just taken shape; we'll see soon if promises of better handling and fuel economy hold true.
Looking more avant-garde than ever, the latest Jaguar XJ will spawn hybrid power next year-along with a 500-horsepower XJR.
The Aston's flawless concept-car appearance doesn't quite get as much backup from its V-12 engine as expected, and the backseat's a token gesture.
Conversely, the Panamera's especially brilliant handling and epic Turbo thrust team up with lots of rear-seat room-which it could have skimped on to spare itself the lumpy roofline.
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|2010 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2010 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2010 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings||2010 Aston Martin RapideBrowse Used Listings|
|11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8|
|Large Car||Large||Large Car||Large||- TBD -||Subcompact|
|4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 750i RWD||4-Door HB S||4-Door Sedan Automatic|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||PDK Automatic||Touchtronic Automatic|
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|2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 Audi A8||2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 Jaguar XJ||2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2010 BMW 7-Series||2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2010 Porsche Panamera||2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2010 Aston Martin Rapide|