The Mercedes-Benz S-class is arguably the quintessential German flagship affluence sedan. But it still faces a advantageous set of competitors from added German brands including Audi and BMW, forth with others such as Lexus and Genesis. We took a attending at how the new 2021 S-class endless up adjoin the latest versions of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-series, while additionally analytical accessory rivals such as the Genesis G90 and Lexus LS.
The barometer in this articulation is to action a abject six-cylinder agent and an alternative V-8. Mercedes, Audi, and BMW all stick to this template, although the S-class and BMW use inline-sixes while the Audi uses a V-6. The Benz has an bend here, with its abject S500 model’s hybrid-assisted 3.0-liter inline-six authoritative 429 application and 384 lb-ft of torque, decidedly added ability than the Audi and BMW, which both accomplish 335 horsepower.
Upgrade to the S580 with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, however, and the Mercedes doesn’t top the charts. Its 496 application is decidedly beneath than the BMW 750i’s 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. The A8 trails both with a 453-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine.
A plug-in-hybrid adaptation of the S-class is likely, as both Audi and BMW action amalgam models. We won’t alike get into the higher-powered achievement variants cutting AMG, M, and S badges here. But blow assured that Mercedes will anon acknowledge assorted AMG versions of the new S-class to go up adjoin the Audi S8 and BMW M760i.
All three sedans are arty machines, with continued wheelbases and affected proportions. The S-class is the widest, tallest, and has the longest wheelbase, but the A8 is hardly best overall. The 7-series is somewhat beneath in all-embracing breadth and amplitude but has a wheelbase aloof 0.2 inch beneath the Benz’s.
While short-wheelbase versions of anniversary of these sedans are availble in Europe, it’s become the barometer to alone action the long-wheelbase archetypal in the U.S. Audi, for instance, refers to our A8 as the A8 L, but Mercedes and BMW don’t designate
When it comes to luxury, it’s all about what’s axial these sedans’ costly cabins. The new S-class is advancing in hot on the tech advanced with a massive 12.8-inch touchscreen that dominates the centermost assemblage and uses Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment software. The 7-series’ axial iDrive awning measures 10.3 inches, while the A8’s MMI arrangement appearance two screens, an 10.1-inch high affectation and an 8.6-inch touchscreen army lower on the dash.
The rear-seat acquaintance is paramount, too, and the added big-ticket S580 archetypal will action an alternative Executive Band amalgamation with all sorts of animal comforts including massaging power-adjustable seats that are acrimonious and cooled, an dual-screen ball system, and abstracted altitude zones for anniversary rear passenger. This should band up accurately with the BMW 7-series’ Affluence Rear Seating amalgamation and the Audi A8’s Executive Plus package, both of which action agnate levels of affluence in the aback seat.
Premium brands including Acura, Cadillac, Infiniti, and Lincoln are all after flagship sedans these days. But the Lexus LS and Genesis G90 are still activity able in this segment. The LS offers an LS500 archetypal with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 agent and an LS500h amalgam with a added able gas-electric, and both are accepting administration and accessories updates for 2021. The G90 was afresh facelifted with a characteristic attending and offers either a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 or a artlessly aspirated 5.0-liter V-8.
Jaguar afresh accomplished assembly of the XJ sedan, but that flagship auto is set to accomplish a improvement anon as a absolutely electric model. As such, it’ll attempt added carefully with the S-class’s EV stablemate, the EQS, which will acceptable admission after this year.