Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Mercedes Benz S-Class VS 2017 Porsche new Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Mercedes Benz S-Class

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2017 Porsche new

Safety Comparison

The S-Class’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The new Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 new Panamera doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The S-Class’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the S-Class’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The S-Class has more powerful engines than the new Panamera:

 

Horsepower

Torque

S550e 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

436 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

S550 4.7 turbo V8

449 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

S600 5.5 turbo V12

523 HP

612 lbs.-ft.

S63 AMG 5.5 turbo V8

577 HP

664 lbs.-ft.

S65 AMG 6.0 turbo V12

621 HP

738 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 3.0 turbo V6

330 HP

331 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6

440 HP

405 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6

462 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

567 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 4.0 turbo V8

680 HP

626 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The S-Class S63/S65/600’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the new Panamera (24.6 vs. 23.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

S-Class

new Panamera

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The S-Class has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the S-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The new Panamera doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the S-Class uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the new Panamera, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

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 new Panamera doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S-Class’ wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the new Panamera (124.6 inches vs. 116.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the S65 AMG’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the new Panamera’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The S-Class has standard seating for 5 passengers; the new Panamera can only carry 4.

The S-Class has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the new Panamera (112 vs. 108).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style and remote trunk release lockout, the S-Class offers cargo security. The new Panamera’s hatchback body style and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The S-Class has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The S-Class’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the new Panamera.

The S-Class offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the S-Class the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the new Panamera can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 new Panamera 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 new Panamera 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 new Panamera 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 new Panamera doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The S-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The new Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The S-Class was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 18 years. The new Panamera has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes S-Class outsold the Porsche Panamera by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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