BMW Series 7 vs. Mercedes-Benz S500 :: Motor Measure
We compared two top luxury sedans to make your choice easier
Top of the range luxury saloon cars, part of our Executive division. The simple question remains – which one?
BMW Series 7
The BMW Series 7 of the last couple of years represents BMW’s attempt to reassert itself in the luxury saloon car market, and they have decided to do so by utilizing the latest technology and finally adding carbonfibre to their production line. The result is a car that is larger and 130kg lighter than previous models, with about 3cm more head room. BMW have not been adventurous with either the exterior lines and the interior layout, but they have decked the car out with all the latest toys, like a 16 speaker audio system and removable tablets in the back. One standout is a 3D sensor underneath the control screen that you can use to control the car’s functionalities using hand gestures.
The entry level engine is 3.0 liter diesel with 2016hp and 457lb-ft of torque. There is another, more powerful diesel option, as well as four petrol and a hybrid one, with both rear and 4-wheel drive.
The S500 boasts an eye-catching front, with larger headlights and a more distinguished grille than with previous models. The chassis is proudly aerodynamic and stylish in appearance, as is expected from Mercedes’s flagship luxury sedan. Inside, comfort is all the rage, with highly adjustable seats you could fall into and more head, leg and elbow room than you will need, and an excellent infotainment system.
The engine is a twin-turbocharged 4.7 liter V8 petrol engine with 449hp and 516lb-ft of torque, which reaches 0-100kph in 4.9 seconds. There are also a convertible, a coupe and a hybrid version of the s500, if a sedan is not to your liking.