2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2015 BMW 7 Series Sylvania OH & Toledo
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You can learn quite a bit about an automaker by looking at their flagship vehicle, as they often serve as the pinnacle of the brand. They showcase everything that the manufacturers are capable of and although they typically come with higher price tags, the added cost is undoubtedly justified when you consider all that the vehicles are capable of, and all that they come with. Allow us to explain exactly what we’re talking about.
The flagship vehicles of Mercedes-Benz and BMW are even more impressive than standard flagship vehicles as they are both products of two of the most highly regarded luxury brands on the market. A closer look at their top offerings shows that one holds a bit of an advantage over the other, however.
In the showdown of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2015 BMW 7 Series, one of the first things that is immediately clear is that the vehicles are similarly equipped, and as these brands have been rivals for as long as they have both been in business, the fact that their engines are nearly identical doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In terms of power, however, the S-Class does offer a slight advantage. The 4.7-liter engine is able to turn out 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, making it extremely quick off the line. A great deal of power also stems from the 4.4-liter engine of the 7 Series, which is quite close in terms of horsepower, but that falls short in the torque department with a maximum output of 479 lb-ft of twist.
Although fuel economy is not exactly one of the most sought-after aspects of a flagship sedan, there is no arguing that increased efficiency is beneficial to have. When the V8 of the S-Class is firing on all eight of its cylinders, it is able to stretch a gallon of gas as far as 26 mpg. It makes the luxury sedan only a single mile-per-gallon more efficient than the V8 found in the 7 Series, but when you factor in the effect that even one mile has over the course of ownership, it is quite clear to see that it is a great benefit to have.
In terms of price, the S-Class seems to be drastically more expensive than the BMW 7 Series, but you have to consider that 4MATIC all-wheel drive is a standard feature on all S-Class models. If you want to get xDrive all-wheel drive on the BMW flagship, that seemingly-appealing $87,300 price jumps up to the low $90,000 range. With a difference of roughly $4,000 between the two, the cost for both of the models becomes much more competitive, and unfortunately, makes the final decision much more difficult.
Get Behind the Wheel
The only way to truly experience the S-Class and all that it is capable of is to test it out for yourself. We have a few different models of the flagship sedan in our inventory and if you want to learn more about all that it can do, we suggest that you check out our complete stock online. If you find something that catches your eye and decide that you want to take the next step, feel free to schedule a test drive or pay us a visit in person here at the dealership. We would be more than happy to help get you behind the wheel.