Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Mercedes Benz S-Class VS 2016 BMW 7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Mercedes Benz S-Class

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2016 BMW 7

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes S-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes S-Class are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the S-Class inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The 7 Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the S-Class and the 7 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The S65 AMG’s 6.0 turbo V12 produces 176 more horsepower (621 vs. 445) and 258 lbs.-ft. more torque (738 vs. 480) than the 750i’s optional 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The S550e can drive on battery power alone for up to 18.6 miles. The 7 Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the S-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the 7 Series:

S550

S63/S65

740i/740e

750i

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

16.5 inches

13.7 inches

15.5 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.1 inches

13.6 inches

14.5 inches

The S-Class S63/S65 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 7 Series doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the S63/S65’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 7 Series (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. 245/50R18).

The S-Class’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 7 Series’ standard 50 series tires. The S-Class’ optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the 7 Series’ optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The S-Class’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 7 Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The S600 handles at .90 G’s, while the 750i xDrive pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the S550/S600’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 740i’s (40 feet vs. 42 feet). The S63 AMG 4MATIC’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 750i’s (41 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the S550 is quieter than the 750i xDrive (67 vs. 68 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The S-Class has .5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 7 Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The S-Class has a much larger trunk than the 7 Series (16.3 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the S-Class to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The 7 Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the S-Class has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The 7 Series doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the S-Class has standard extendable sun visors. The 7 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The S-Class has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 7 Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

The Mercedes S-Class won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

 The S-Class is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The 7 Series is not ranked.

The S-Class was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 17 years. The 7 Series has never been an “All Star.”

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