2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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2019 BMW 7-Series (M760i)2019 BMW 7-SeriesGet Your Price2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo first drive2019 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers effortless power, sublime handling, scads of safety features, and the incontrovertible impression of wealth, tastefully applied.
7.8
The 2019 Audi A8 plots out the course for next-level self-driving cars, and utilizes other technology to advance its luxury and connectivity.
7.8
The 2019 BMW 7-Series is a flagship luxury sedan in the way they used to be: leather everywhere, big power, excellent options.
7.2
The 2019 Porsche Panamera leaves nothing on the table, in terms of performance, flexibility, and panache.
MSRP From     
$91,250N/A$83,650$86,300N/A$311,900
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6N/ATwin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12
EPA Class     
Large CarsN/ALarge CarsLarge CarsN/ALarge Cars
Style Name     
S 450 SedanN/A740i SedanRWDN/ASedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
5N/A54N/A5
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanN/ASedanHatchbackN/ASedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODN/AAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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