2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class VS 2019 Audi A8

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 Audi deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2019 Audi A8, 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 2019 Audi A8. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Audi side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2019 Audi A8: 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 2019 Audi A8 prioritizes comfort and composure over thrilling performance. Its turbocharged V6 engine is powerful, but its throttle response can be slow. The handling isn’t particularly engaging, either. Still, it’s comfortable and composed over most surfaces. The 2019 A8 comes standard with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are also standard. The Audi A8 comes standard with all-wheel drive. It has poised handling around corners, but its large size hinders maneuverability.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2019 Audi A8: 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 2019 Audi A8 has a sleek and modern cabin that features upscale materials. Standard features in the 2019 Audi A8 include four-zone automatic climate control, power rear side- and rear-window sunshades, a panoramic sunroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The A8 offers standard smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with a suite of driver assistance features, including front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The A8’s infotainment system features responsive touch screens and a straightforward, user-friendly interface. Everything about the A8 is big, except for its trunk. At just 12.5 cubic feet, it has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan has 16.3 cubic feet of space.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2019 Audi A8: 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 fully redesigned 2019 A8 is a great super luxury car. This Audi hits the mark with a high-end cabin design and a futuristic, user-friendly infotainment system. It pampers occupants with space and comfort wherever they sit. That’s not to say this is a flawless car, though. It has below-average trunk space and engine performance that is nothing to write home about, compared to others in its class. The A8 has a smooth ride, but if you want to take corners aggressively and need a ton of engine power at your disposal, this isn’t the car for you.

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