2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class VS 2018 Porsche Panamera

There’s a class of super luxury cars that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2018 Porsche Panamera, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2018 Porsche Panamera. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Porsche side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2018 Porsche Panamera: Performance

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has nimble handling for a car of its size, as well as a smooth ride and powerful engine options. It’s adaptive suspension keeps the ride enjoyable over bumps and dips in the road. The S 450 features a 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. There are two high-performance trims as well. The S-Class comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC® adaptive suspension system comes standard, which contributes to the S-Class’ serene ride. This car also handles well; it remains planted around curves and there is virtually no body lean.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera may be a luxury car first, but it doesn’t skimp on performance. It offers several engines ready to rocket you down the road at the touch of the gas pedal, and they’re all mated to a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. The Panamera’s base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and a top speed of 164 mph. It’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the Panamera, but all trims above the base level come with all-wheel drive. Sharp steering and plenty of road grip let you tackle corners aggressively, but the agility doesn’t come at the expense of ride quality.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2018 Porsche Panamera: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arguably the nicest interior in the super luxury car class or of any car in any class. The cabin is spacious and quiet, and every surface is dripping with luxury. Both rows of seats are roomy and supremely comfortable, and there are a million features (almost literally). Standard features in the S-Class include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Mercedes-Benzmbrace® Connect (which lets you control some vehicle functions from your phone), a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, wireless device charging, and the COMMAND® infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a touchpad controller, and navigation. Standard driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, crosswind assist, and Mercedes-Benz PRESAFE®.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera’s cabin looks sleek, stylish, and uncluttered. Nearly every surface is covered in soft-touch materials, and both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable. Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Standard features in the Panamera include dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-cabin air filter, *Bluetooth®, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and a touch-screen infotainment system with the Porsche Communication Management interface, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Panamera’s interior has a sleek look, and there aren’t many buttons cluttering the dash. The touch-screen infotainment system controls almost everything, and there’s another screen in the rear for back-seat passengers. The interface is intuitive, but navigating through the menus can be tedious.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2018 Porsche Panamera: Overall Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class finishes near the top of the super luxury car rankings. Whether you care more about performance or interior opulence, the S-Class delivers, making it one of the finest automobiles on the market. There are several powerful engines options, and the S-Class also provides poised handling and a sumptuous ride. This Mercedes-Benz offers more features than almost every other car out there, and its cabin quality stands above even other high-priced luxury vehicles. If you’re shopping for a car in this class, this Mercedes-Benz absolutely belongs on your list.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes toe-to-toe with the 2018 Porsche Panamera, as these are two of the finest cars you can buy. Like the Panamera, the S-Class has a lineup of strong engines, a plush ride, and one of the most extravagant interiors of any car on the market. It offers an embarrassing number of luxury and convenience features, and you could easily fall asleep on the seats. The hatchback Panamera has more overall cargo space, but the S-Class is available in coupe and convertible body styles in addition to the standard sedan.

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