Mercedes‘ afresh apparent W223 S-Class is the segment’s newest adversary to the brand of the BMW 7-Series and Audi A8. At aboriginal glance, it has got the best tech and the freshest styling, alike admitting we’re still not abiding it absolutely looks bigger than its predecessor.
So would you booty the all-new 2021 S-Class over the adapted BMW 7-Series and its massive nostrils, or Audi’s fourth-generation A8? Before you acknowledgment that question, let’s see how they compare.
We should accompaniment that as far as the U.S. bazaar is concerned, the top 2021 S-Class you’ll be able to get initially will be the S580 4MATIC mild-hybrid. This agency you’ll accept to delay a bit best to get the AMG-powered model, which gives BMW and Audi a bit of a achievement edge.
Mercedes S-Class (price TBA)
The all-new S-Class is the better car here, at atomic on paper. The approved wheelbase archetypal measures 203.9 inches (5,179 mm) in length, 76.9 inches (1,954 mm) in amplitude and 59.2 in (1,503 mm) in height, with a 122.3 inch (3,106 mm) continued wheelbase. The LWB alternative has a 126.6 inch (3,216 mm) continued wheelbase and measures 208.2 inches (5,289 mm) bonanza to bumper.
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Like its two rivals, the 2021 S appearance hands-off active capabilities, but it is the alone one whose SAE Level 3 tech will be accessible in Germany starting in the additional bisected of 2021. By comparison, the 7-Series’ Extended Traffic Jam Assistant (SAE Level 2) will acquiesce you to accumulate your easily off the council caster at speeds of up to 35 mph (56 km/h) during burghal burghal driving.
Audi was absolutely aboriginal to bazaar with a Level 3 band-aid in their Traffic Jam Pilot, yet due to acknowledged issues it had to abolish the barrage of this affection in the U.S. aftermost year.
In the States, Mercedes will initially let you accept amid two ability units. The aboriginal is a 3.0-liter straight-six mild-hybrid turbo with 429 HP (435 PS) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, and the added is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 mild-hybrid with 496 HP (500 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm). The straight-six admiral the S 500 4MATIC, while the V8 the S 580 4MATIC. Mercedes hasn’t absolution any dispatch times for the latter, admitting it did acknowledge that the 2021 S 500 4MATIC will get you from aught to 62 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.
BMW 7-Series (from $86,800)
BMW’s adapted 7-Series stretches all the way from 200.7 inches (5,098 mm) to 207.4 inches (5,268 mm) depending on which wheelbase adaptation you opt for (120.9 inches / 3,070 mm & 126.4 inches / 3,210 mm). It’s additionally 74.9 inches (1,902 mm) advanced and 57.8 inches (1,467 mm) tall.
Its U.S. starting amount of $86,800 refers to the entry-level 740i alternative with rear-wheel drive. However, if you appetite article that’s added of a bout for the 2021 S 500 4MATIC, you’ll appetite to analysis out the 2020 745e xDrive ($95,900), a constituent amalgam with a accumulated achievement of 389 HP (394 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque that’s absolutely aloof as quick as the Mercedes to 60 mph. Then there’s the 2020 750i xDrive ($103,000), which packs 523 HP (530 PS), 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque and will hit 60 mph in 3.9 abnormal and should bout up accurately with the S 580 4MATIC.
We still charge to delay for Mercedes’ acknowledgment to the M760i xDrive ($157,800) and its 601 HP (610 PS), so if you aloof appetite the fastest accessible car out of these three, BMW has Mercedes’ cardinal – at atomic for now.
Audi A8 (from $85,200)
The Audi A8 is 203.6 inches (5,172 mm) continued (or 208.7 inches / 5,302 mm in the LWB model), 76.6 inches (1,945 mm) wide, 58.5 inches (1,485 mm) alpine and has a 118-inch (2,998 mm) continued wheelbase in the approved variant, while the A8 L’s is 123.1 inches (3,128 mm) long.
You can alone get the long-wheelbase alternative in the U.S., starting with the 55 TFSI and its 335 HP (340 PS) 3.0-liter V6 turbo. Next up in the pecking adjustment is the A8 L 60 TFSI constituent amalgam ($94,000) with a accumulated 443 HP (450 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm), followed by the approved A8 L 60 TFSI quattro ($96,800) that’s packing 453 HP (460 PS) and 487 lb-ft (660 Nm) of torque.
The closing will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, which isn’t that abundant quicker than the S 500 4MATIC, at atomic on paper. You can break that affair by accepting the 2020 S8 ($129,500), whose twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 TFSI produces 563 HP (570 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) for a 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds.
The accuracy is actual few buyers are activity to affliction which of these cars will hit 60 mph a few tenths of a additional quicker than its rivals. Here, it’s all about looks, tech and luxury, article all three affluence saloons accept in spades, so the final accommodation will appear bottomward to anniversary customer’s aftertaste and preferences.