2020 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Brian León Brian León Contributing Writer

The S-Class has been the benchmark luxury sedan for decades, but its competition is broader than ever.

The Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series have steadily caught up over the years, offering impressive luxury, performance, and tech in distinct styles from the Benz.

The lavish Maybach model competes with the “entry-level” Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost, but both British barges have the edge in panache.

Lexus’s LS is an impressive and more affordable alternative, with unique styling and an impressive interior.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for large luxury sedans.
7.2
The 2020 Audi A8 is a futuristic flagship that raises the bar with its high-tech features.
7.8
The 2020 BMW 7-Series has a much bigger grille, but behind it is a posh, powerful, thirsty luxury sedan that’s loaded with tech.
7.0
The 2020 Lexus LS is a throwback cruiser with edgy, space-age looks, though the hybrid version is unbeatable as a road-tripper.
MSRP From     
$94,250$85,200$86,450$75,450$214,600$311,900
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12
EPA Class     
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
S 450 Sedan4.0 TFSI740i SedanLS 500 RWDW12 SedanSedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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