2021 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The S-Class draws competition from traditional luxury brands and those that deal in ultra-luxury.

The Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series are the closest rivals, with space, technology, and luxury on par with the Mercedes.

Both have better handling but aren’t as cosseting as the S-Class.

The Lexus LS aims more at luxury than handling and also has bold styling and a beautiful interior.

The Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost compete against the top of the S-Class lineup, both with their own cachet and extreme prices.

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7.6
The benchmark for luxury cars, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan gets even roomier and tech-rich while the coupe and cabriolet carry over.
7.6
The 2021 BMW 7-Series has brash looks but brims with sophistication from behind the wheel.
7.4
Though not perfect, the 2021 Lexus LS is a sublime hauler that’s exceptionally comfortable and thrills with its details.
8.6
The 2010 Audi A8 and A8 L wear its subtle suit well-and outhandles some of its more exotic-looking competition.
MSRP From   
$109,800$86,800$76,000$74,550
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V8
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsLarge
Style Name   
S 500 4MATIC Sedan740i SedanLS 500 RWD4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4MATIC SedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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