CLASH OF THE TITANS
2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class Vs 2020 BMW 7 Series
The rivalry between these two slayers for the throne of ‘King of Luxury Cars’ is not unknown to any citizen of Auto-universe. While the Mercedes-Benz S-Class firmly clinches the belt for the smoothest ride, BMW’s 7-Series has continued to firmly establish itself as the ride that defines sporty luxury editions.
With their latest models out there, another round of ‘Who’s the best?’ has ensued and we’re here, not to stand jury, but to highlight the features that can inform your choice because, you are an esteemed juror.
Let’s start with the obvious:
The accurate appraisal of aesthetics is a real Catch-22 that demands unbiasedness. After critically observing both vehicles and trying to appraise the architecture of their exterior, we reach the conclusion that they are both impressive and well-suited to the preference of their respective demographics.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ sleekness is everything that her loyal fans have always loved about her. Subtle silhouettes, blinking headlights, a remarkable but classy grille, long wheelbase that has become associated with affluence and wheels that reflect that sophistication that Mercedes users admire is still evident and even more adorable in the 2019 S-Class.
The BMW, in its own right, is still the powerhouse that oozes strength and self-assured presence. Its unshy grille has an even more dominating presence in this sequel, growing 40 per cent in size, and squinting headlights that give it a mysterious edge. It does a good job of creating a self-assertive presence without being lurid; something that we’ve come to love the bimmer for. All the way around, we see strategic undulations that will serve to enhance performance as well as it beautifies.
It wouldn’t be in a Sonderklasse or even a Mercedes if didn’t have that statement cabin, right? From the first generation of the S-Class, her interior has been the reference point of elegance. Every surface is intricately clothed with quilted leather or made of fine wood. The beautiful details on the leather give it an exquisite look.
On the other hand, when a car’s interior is designed for a person who favours a less passive lifestyle, is as quality-conscious as they are performance-oriented and for whom style is confidence and class is accomplishment, the 7 Series’ interior will come about. Its deluxe cabin takes on a gutsy personality with fine leather and opulent wooden finishes.
They both have enough leg-room and head-room at the back seat, although, the 7 Series has a tiny bit more. Large panoramic moon-roofs grace the headliner while heat, massage, ventilation and other capabilities grace the seats which can recline by up to 450; and power sunshades and four rear vents can be found on every window.
Both the S Class and the 7 Series come brimming with state-of-the-art technology as their claim to fame. Digital gauges, power adjustments for steering wheels with heating functionality, and 3600 camera systems with lots of available viewing angles (the BMW has an extra feature – 3D Mode – that allows for an aerial view of the immediate surroundings of the car) are commonplace.
12.3-inch displays act as the infotainment hub in both vehicles. The S Class has the older COMAND system instead of the MBUX, while the 7 Series has the latest iDrive 7.0 software which directly implies better graphics and gesture recognition although, only apple carplay is available on a subscription. Either audio system will have you impressed.
The S Class does not have rear climate controls in its standard package but, it is available in an additional package. Neither has rear entertainment screens but, the 7 Series possesses a tablet for controlling the ambience, seating, audio and lighting. Both of them possess ample boot volume.
This is where the major distinction can be observed.BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engines are poised to thrill with a speed capacity of 162 mph powered by 523 hp 553 lb-ft of torque and 8-speed automatic transmission. The S Class drives a commendable 156 mph powered by 463 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque and 9-speed automatic transmission.
Even if Mercedes has never done anything right with itself, the ride of the S-Class is enough to redeem it. Mercedes barely feels upset, is perfectly silent and tightens and loosens its bolsters when going around bends to prevent you from swerving. BMW offers a more precise steering that puts perfect control in your hands at every moment.
S Class’ Fuel Economy (Combined) – 21 mpg
7 Series’ Fuel Economy (Combined) – 20 mpg
You can’t eat your cake and have it. If ultimate luxury is your goal, then Mercedes-Benz worked hard to create the perfect suspension for you. In its exquisite comfort, occupants are oblivious of irregularities in the road. In this category, the S Class shows off by offering the smoothest ride of the duo. On the other hand, the 7 Series is poised to deliver a performance level that transcends its segment, making it the ideal choice should you wish to experience a perfect blend of comfort and thrill.
Now that we have laid the facts bare before you, we’d like to know which one of these appeals to you. Tell us in the comment section below.