Catering to CEOs and celebrities, and to those who've arrived and want to let it be known, the Mercedes-Benz S Class has many missions to fulfill around the world.
The BMW 7-Series is its top rival, and it comes in nearly as many combinations and variations--although it may have a small edge in back-seat legroom.
Although the 7-Series has more of a performance look and feel, we're not as fond of its steering.
As a glorious performer that's a bit conservative on the outside, the Audi A8 has a beautiful interior design and its Palm Pilot-style MMI interface can feel a little complex.
The Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ are two well-executed flagships that appeal to polar-opposite types of wealth; the former is more Orange County while the latter is Hollywood.
And as an offbeat choice, there's the Porsche Panamera.
Surprisingly, the Panamera offers all the rear-seat room a tall adult would need, plus astonishingly quick performance in Turbo trim--and plenty to take on an AMG or Alpina.
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|2013 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2013 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2013 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2013 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
|Large||Large||Large Cars||Large Car||Midsize cars||Large Car|
|4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.0L||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||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|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2013 Audi A8||2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2013 BMW 7-Series||2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2013 Jaguar XJ||2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2013 Lexus LS 460||2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2013 Porsche Panamera|