The 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class covers a huge range, from the wealthy to the very rich, and competes directly through most of that range with the BMW 7-Series.
Within most of the lineup, we have a slight preference toward the 7-Series, mainly because of its somewhat better tailored exterior; it's no longer the clear handling favorite.
The Lexus LS range comes in hybrid and gas versions, but even though it's attractive and welcoming it's woefully short on handling.
The new Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ are the most stylish rivals; the XJ is absolutely stunning, builds on the sportier, edgier feel of the XF, and hits the mark with its interior, while the new A8 also steps up in performance while adding more in-cabin tech and even better interior detail.
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|2011 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2011 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V6|
|Large||Large||Large||Large Car||Midsize cars||Large Car|
|4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door HB|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Hatchback|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 Audi A8||2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 BMW 7-Series||2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 Jaguar XJ||2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 Lexus LS 460||2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2011 Porsche Panamera|