Both the Equus and the S-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.
The Equus comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The S-Class’ 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Equus 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the S-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the S-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Equus’ corrosion warranty is 3 years and unlimited miles longer than the S-Class’ (7/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Equus for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the S-Class.
There are over 85 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equus’ warranty.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Equus’ reliability will be 158% better than the S-Class.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equus third among large premium cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The S-Class isn’t in the top three.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Equus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The S-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Equus’ 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S-Class’ standard 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equus has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S-Class.
For better maneuverability, the Equus’ turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the S550/S600’s (39.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The Equus’ turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the S63 AMG 4MATIC’s (39.6 feet vs. 41 feet).
The Equus is 3.4 inches shorter than the S-Class, making the Equus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Equus has a larger trunk than the S-Class (16.7 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).
The Equus has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the S-Class.
Insurance will cost less for the Equus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equus will cost $2465 to $10610 less than the S-Class over a five-year period.
Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Equus will be $29911 to $141785 less than for the Mercedes S-Class.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Equus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes S-Class isn't recommended.