2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz S450
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S4502018 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2018 Audi S82018 Audi A8
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2018 BMW 7-Series2018 BMW 7-Series
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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo2018 Porsche Panamera
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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S2018 Bentley Flying Spur
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2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost
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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz continues to push the envelope for comfort. safety, and autonomous driving aids, while improving upon its effortless power and dignified road manners.
7.8
The 2018 Audi S8 is a speed machine that's the ultimate sleeper. Spot one and stare—it'll likely be gone just as quickly.
8.2
The 2018 BMW 7-Series is a plush ride with plenty of powertrain options and customizable features that places it among the full-size greats.
8.4
The 2018 Porsche Panamera is a worthy four-seater for the vaunted Porsche badge.
MSRP From     
$89,900$82,500$83,100$85,000$189,000$311,900
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
S 450 Sedan3.0 TFSI740i SedanRWDV8 SedanSedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro LWB SedanSedanHatchbackSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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