2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Since a new S-Class is coming in the 2014 model year, you may want to check out a lease versus a purchase.

We'd recommend the S550 for those customers--but for buyers who drive their cars forever, the S350 BlueTEC sounds like an eminently logical long-term relationship.

2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2011 Audi A8 L 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A8
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2012 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 7-Series
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2012 Jaguar XJ 4-door Sedan XJL Supercharged Angular Front Exterior View2012 Jaguar XJ
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2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S2012 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
9.2
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
8.8
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel.
9.4
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
8.8
Cutting its ties with its illustrious and not so charmed past, the 2012 Jaguar XJ now rocks a swinging style that really suits its dynamic handling.
8.2
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
MSRP From    
$91,850$78,750$71,000$73,700$75,200
Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric V6Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
LargeLargeLargeLarge CarLarge Car
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door HB
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55554
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door SedanSedan4-Door Sedan4 Door SedanHatchback
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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