Mercedes S-Class vs. BMW 7-Series Front - Comparison #1

Mercedes S-Class vs. BMW 7-Series
Comparison illustrates design differences and should not be used or understood as a contrasting of advantages of one model over another. Lighting, shooting angle and other factors may affect the appearance of the model.

S-Class versus 7-Series

Both of the flagships of BMW and Mercedes-Benz bring the best in company innovations and luxury. From massaging seats to lane-keeping autopilot, 7-Series and S-Class have everything a tech-savvy luxury-hungry customer wishes for.

For the 2016 model year, 7-Series buyers have an option of choosing a smaller, entry level, 3-liter inline-six engine, which comes with a $81,300 price tag. S-class, on the other hand, doesn't yet offer a smaller engine for NA buyers yet, leaving the starting price at $95,650 for the 4.7-liter V8 twin-turbo.

But considering the market, and the customer base, when it comes to large luxury sedans like the 7-Series and S-Class, buyers rather have their cars compared on the upper level of the model line rather than on the entry level. And that's where the S-Class gets uber-special, with a 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo S600 model that starts at $169,050. BMW hasn't released the specifications and pricing of 760i yet, leaving 750i the most powerful and luxury option for the line.

The BMW is wider, overall lower, and has a longer wheelbase than the Benz - when comparing between SWB models.

Specification Comparison

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class2016 BMW 7 Series
  • S550 4MATIC Sedan
  • S550 Sedan
  • S600 Sedan
  • 740i Sedan
  • 750i Sedan
  • 750i XDrive Sedan
MSRP$95,650 - $169,050$81,300 - $97,400
  • 4.7L V-8 Twin-Turbo
  • 6.0L V-12 Twin-Turbo
  • 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo
  • 4.4L V-8 Twin-Turbo
Power449 - 523 hp320 - 445 hp
Torque516 - 612 lb-ft330 - 480 lb-ft
Transmission7-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive
0 to 60 mph4.5 - 4.8 sec4.3 - 5.4 sec
Fuel Consumption
MPG (City / Comb. / Hw.)12 - 17 / 15 - 20 / 21 - 26 16 - 21 / 19 - 24 / 25 - 29
Tank Capacity21.1 - 21.9 gal20.6 gal
Exterior Dimensions
Width83.9 in85.4 in
Width w/o Mirrors74.8 in74.8 - 74.9 in
Length206.5 in206.2 - 206.6 in
Height58.7 in58.2 in
Min. Ride Height-5.3 in
Wheelbase124.6 in126.4 in
Interior Dimensions
First Row Leg Room41.4 in41.4 in
First Row Head Room39.7 in39.9 in
First Row Shoulder Room59.7 in59.2 - 61.2 in
Second Row Leg Room43.1 in44.4 in
Second Row Head Room37.4 - 39.2 in38.9 in
Second Row Shoulder Room59.1 in57.7 - 61.0 in

Other Comparisons