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2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The standard by which other brands are judged--but also the bar it must clear for each new iteration.

Competing with the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Tesla Model S, and Jaguar XJ, the S-Class's desired place at the top of the heap is a difficult one to maintain.

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.

Otherwise, 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.

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Quick Specs
9.4
With the addition of a beautiful, expressive new Coupe, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no longer just the best sedan in the world; it's now a family of flagship models.
9.0
The Audi A8 gains standard LED headlamps, a more powerful twin-turbo V-8, and a more efficient diesel engine for 2015.
9.2
The 2015 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally quick and technologically advanced, but also very luxurious and wonderfully comfortable.
8.4
The 2015 Porsche Panamera keeps delivering its phenomenal balance of utility, luxury, and performance.
MSRP From   
$94,400$77,400$74,000$78,100
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan S 550 Plug-In Hybrid 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 LWB SedanSedanHatchback
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2015 Audi A82015 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2015 BMW 7-Series2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2015 Porsche Panamera