The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been the standard by which other brands are judged.
The BMW 7-Series has been the S Class' closest historic competitor, and for good reason: it offers a very similar level of style and equipment, but trades off a bit of luxury for sportier road manners.
The new Porsche Panamera offers even more performance, but we have yet to get behind the wheel.
The Audi A8's sleeker, rounder form and more stark and simple interior design evoke a different aesthetic.
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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|2017 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2017 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2017 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2017 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars|
|S 550e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan||3.0 TFSI||740i Sedan||RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||quattro LWB Sedan||Sedan||Hatchback|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2017 Audi A8||2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2017 BMW 7-Series||2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. 2017 Porsche Panamera|