The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the luxury benchmark for good reason, and the 2018 update only improved 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.
At the high end, the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur are super-luxury alternatives, and they offer more traditional, somewhat ostentatious design.
The new Audi A8 promises cutting-edge technology and a more luxurious aesthetic, though it’s still stark by comparison.
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 Jaguar XJ is quite sporty as well, but it has never caught on with buyers to deliver the cachet of the Benz.
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