2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The BMW 7-Series has been the S Class' closest historic competitor, and for good reason: it offers a very similar level of style, equipment, and luxury.

The decision between the BMW and the Mercedes often comes down to taste.

The story is similar with the Audi A8 and A8 L long-wheelbase model, though its sleeker, rounder form and more stark and simple interior design evoke a different aesthetic.

The Porsche Panamera is a higher-performance, sportier-looking alternative, but its roomy back seat makes it a viable executive alternative, even if it does lack some of the higher-tech safety systems.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur are super-luxury alternatives, but do overlap the S Class on price and equipment at the lower ranges of each.

With more traditional, somewhat more ostentatious design, the Ghost is for the executive that wishes to stand out; the Flying Spur may fly a bit lower under the radar among the general populace.

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Quick Specs
9.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes an emotional appeal for its claim as the best sedan in the world, and we're feeling it.
9.0
With TDI range and captivating connectivity, the 2014 Audi A8 adds very long-distance touring to its considerable portfolio of talents.
9.2
The 2014 BMW 7-Series is not just luxurious and comfortable, but exceptionally quick and technologically advanced.
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The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
MSRP From   
$92,900$75,100$74,000$78,100
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0T4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5554
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Sedanquattro SedanSedanHatchback
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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