The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class represents the acme of the company’s engineering and craftsmanship, and has been absolutely redesigned. It’s additionally continued been a criterion for the full-size affluence auto class, and now that it’s all new, we anticipation we care to see how it measures up with two of its longest-running and abutting competitors: the Audi A8 L and BMW 7 Series.
We’ve aggregate all the pertinent numbers in the blueprint below, and we’ll altercate them a bit added in the paragraphs that follow. For this comparison, we’re alone attractive at the basal trim levels, and not including the S8, M760i or Alpina B7, back the AMG S-Class variants that would attempt with those models haven’t been revealed. And if you appetite added accommodation on the new S-Class, be abiding to analysis out the capital acknowledge story. With that out of the way, let’s alpha comparing.
At launch, the S-Class will alone accept two agent options, putting it one abaft the competition. But its two options are strong. For an entry-level engine, the Mercedes has the best ability and torque, with about 100 added ponies than either the Audi or BMW. The alternative V8 on the Mercedes is additionally strong, admitting it comes up additional to the almighty BMW. The Mercedes additionally boasts one added accessory than its competitors. All three cars are accessible with all-wheel drive, but alone the BMW is accessible with rear-wheel drive. That’s a affection absolute to the abject 740i. The BMW is additionally the best able of the accumulation for both gas agent options. Mercedes hasn’t appear ammunition abridgement abstracts for the S-Class yet, though.
While technically the Mercedes appearance a 48-volt mild-hybrid assist, Mercedes doesn’t action a adaptation that can heavily await on electric ability for driving. Both Audi and BMW do, and their amalgam offerings are constituent models. The Audi is the best powerful, with about as abundant application as its V8 counterpart, and the aforementioned bulk of torque as the V8 Mercedes. It’s a bit beneath able than the BMW, though. Electric ambit is altered by alone a mile in the BMW’s favor.
These sedans are not aloof the best the companies accept to offer, but the biggest. And the better of the better is abutting amid the A8 and the S-Class. The A8 is best than the S-Class by bisected an inch, but the S-Class is added and taller by agnate margins. The 7 Series is the smallest, but it does affection the second-longest wheelbase, aloof 0.2 inch abaft the S-Class.
As for autogenous space, the S-Class makes acceptable use of its admeasurement to affection the best front-passenger allowance and burden capacity. It has the best allowance and accept allowance for the advanced occupants, and legroom is alone about bisected an inch abaft the others. The block is far and abroad the better at 22 cubic feet, followed by the 7 Series with 18.2 and the A8 with a rather baby 12.5. For rear-seat space, the 7 Series is the winner. It has the best allowance and legroom, and accept allowance is aloof 0.3 inch off of the better Mercedes.
Interior architecture is additionally account considering, as abstract as it may be. The Mercedes is the best blatant of the accumulation with a gigantic centermost touchscreen and a beneath ample apparatus display. It’s backed by a adventurous bottomward dash, abundant abstracts and lighting. The Audi appearance affluence of screens, too, but it has a added minimalist, avant-garde design. The BMW has affluence of gizmos, but they’re all arranged into an autogenous that’s acquired from accomplished cars. There are affluence of buttons and knobs, hardly angular shapes and a centermost assemblage angled against the driver. It’s calmly the best bourgeois of the group.
Pricing hasn’t been appear for the S-Class yet, but we feel adequate in ciphering it will be abutting to or greater than $95,000, the starting amount for the approachable model. That additionally will put it at about $10,000 added big-ticket than either the Audi or the BMW.
While we’ve alone covered the mainline versions of these affluence sedans, the added added achievement or absolute trims are account mentioning. BMW has two fast versions, the M760i and the Alpina B7. The above makes 601 application and 627 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo V12, and the closing makes 600 application and 590 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo V8. Both get different exoteric administration and some different autogenous badging and trim. The capital focus admitting is the bigger performance.The M760i starts at about $158,000. and the Alpina starts at about $144,000.
The one added Audi archetypal is the S8. It’s actual subtle-looking central and out, but appearance a twin-turbo V8 authoritative 571 application and 590 pound-feet of torque. That puts it abaft both fast BMWs. But at a amount of about $130,000, it’s decidedly cheaper than the BMWs.
Mercedes will additionally accept appropriate versions of the S-Class. Certainly a high-output adaptation of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter AMG V8 will be on offer, which could aftermath as abundant as 630 horsepower. Whether the old V12 will acknowledgment is the question. Besides at atomic one fast AMG version, there will assuredly be addition Mercedes-Maybach alternative absorption on autogenous abstracts and appearance to accommodate the best comfortable acquaintance possible. All of these versions will acceptable amount added than any A8 or 7 Series.