The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the luxury benchmark for good reason, and the 2018 update only improves upon its winning formula.
Still, the field of rivals is quite accomplished.
The closest rival, the BMW 7-Series, offers similar features and style, but it opts for a sportier character rather than Mercedes’ devotion to all-out luxury.
The Porsche Panamera can perform even better, and it is a technological marvel, though it is not as regal and cosseting as the Mercedes.
The Audi A8 is aging, and its interior is more stark, creating a different, less upscale aesthetic.
A new model is coming, though, and it promises to surpass the Benz in autonomous driving capability.
The Jaguar XJ is quite sporty as well, but it has never caught on with buyers to deliver the cachet of the Benz.
At the high end, the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur are super-luxury alternatives, and they offer more traditional, somewhat ostentatious design.
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|Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12|
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|S 450 Sedan||3.0 TFSI||740i Sedan||RWD||V8 Sedan||Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||quattro LWB Sedan||Sedan||Hatchback||Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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