Video: 2016 BMW 7 Series vs. the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

7 Series | April 13th, 2016 by 9
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The guys from DragTimes Info are known for their incredible drag races, where you can see 2,000 HP GT-Rs going up against similarly powerful Lambos. However, they have recently started reviewing cars. Last year, they compared the X5 M to its Mercedes-Benz counterpart and now they are focusing on the new BMW 7 Series and its eternal rival – the S-Class. The two cars reviewed are the top of the line offerings in Europe. The BMW is a 750Li xDrive model while its Mercedes-Benz rival is the S500 – S550 in the US. Both cars use V8 twin-turbo engines and both of them are meant to be bought by those that can afford to spend a small fortune.

Looking at the spec sheets for both of these cars, we noticed a couple of errors in the video. The reviewer says both cars have roughly the same output, at around 450 PS. But in fact, only the short wheelbase S-Class delivers that power output, the top model makes in fact 530 PS.

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On paper, the BMW 750Li xDrive is supposedly faster than both the standard and LWB S-Class, with or without 80 extra horsepower, but the reviewer found the S500 (short wheelbase, 455 PS) reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds while the longer version does the same sprint in 4.6 seconds. Furthermore, the 750Li xDrive model reaches the same speed in 4.5 seconds. However, as they say, drag racing these cars is pretty much useless.

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It’s the rear seat that matters the most and yet, I have a bone to pick with their statements. The review claims the 7 Series doesn’t have enough headroom in the back, for a person that is 185 cm tall – about 6 feet. And that just doesn’t sound right because yours truly is that same height and yet when I tested the 7 Series late last year, I had plenty of room in the back.

Furthermore, when it comes to legroom, the 750Li has a clear advantage if it’s fitted with the Executive Lounge Seating option which folds the front passenger seat to allow you to stretch your legs – something the S-Class doesn’t offer. That’s a really handy option to have, to say the least, especially when you’re tired and just want to get home from a long day at work.

So it’s the S-Class the real winner here? Or it’s just a matter of preference?

9 responses to “Video: 2016 BMW 7 Series vs. the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class”

  1. Jonh D says:

    I am not biased. This review certainly is…

    • Jake says:

      It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz makes more luxurious sedans than BMW. The 7 series doesn’t offer anything that the S-Class doesn’t.

      • Donald Dong says:

        I am driving the G12 M sport version, you don’t know what you are talking about. The S simply doesn’t measure up. This new generation is very well thought out, and when driven, you are going to love it, handles well on the curves, even the rear wheel drive version, and the ride is pretty much similar to the S, so I don’t know what your opinion based on, I have driven both, the 7 slam dunk the S.

  2. Jonh D says:

    I won’t bet on that. But I agree the S class is best in category.

  3. Donald Dong says:

    Reviewers usually lean on the S Class, since they are biased. Its easy to dismiss the 7 due to the appearance. W222 S Class was designed to be in your face type, and it goes with both the interior also. However, once you get close to the G11/G12, 7 Series, they are every bit as impressive as the S, they are different, they are not in your face, they are bold, more masculine, unlike the W222, its more like a elegant lady. The S Class controls also positioned more for females, the Transmission lever can easily be mistaken as cruise control, or signal lever, just for the sake for freeing up the centre console for the elegant command design, which was geared towards style versus substance. Their Command System is also very busy, and their 3 layer interface can easily set you to the wrong click. The 7, on the other hand, wins hands down, everything was top notch, instead of just piecing up together for the matter for matching the Benz in equipment lists. The bold design of the Bimmer interior is just as high end, everything well thought out, iDrive is without doubt better than Command on the S, and the all those reviewers telling readers that gestures control are difficult to use, simply not true, using 2 fingers gesture works every time, along with volume gesture. The 7 also beats the Benz on the real track, as CNET tested it, its suspension is just more adaptable, the Sport setting shrinks the car, and the Comfort setting equally matches anything, I can confirm that, because I am driving one, the rear wheel drive version, mighty impressive to drive, and everyone being driven on was very impressed with the workmanship on this vehicle. Its fast, it handles well, it can be as comfy as sitting in the cloud, it stops on the dime, if you slam it hard enough.

  4. Donald Dong says:

    This reviewer was seduced by the looks of the Merc, they only look at the surface without exploring the vehicle. The S, simply do not measure up to the 7. Here are why:

    1. S more athletic – 7 is lighter, quicker & sharper, with lesser engine
    2. Rear room – The 7 has more legroom space
    3. Trunk – 7 has more trunk space
    4. Functionality – 7 has more substance w/o losing style
    5. Comfort – 7 is every bit as comfy as the S
    6. Construction – 7 loses weight while gaining strength – Carbon Core
    7. Driving – 7 is both sporty & comfy, best in both worlds.
    8. Tech – 7 is loaded, while the S leaves the assembly without them

    Anyway, besides the exterior design on the front, which is more conservative, I have no issues with the 7, its more masculine period. The M Sport version even makes the conservative front disappear, & BMW do not need to build a Motorsport version like the Merc AMG S63 and S65, the ridiculous gas guzzlers, in order to get those thrill, the 750 already has them, it outhandles the Merc S550 on the track (CNET tested them), and rides like a champ if I switch it to Comfort Plus (I can confirm that), even suspension setting has a all new category called Adaptive, this truly symbolize that they have thought on everything. Also, unlike the Merc, which focus more on your face design, the Merc may get away on this aspect in terms of interior design, but they can’t get away with functionality, they simply don’t measure up. Putting the transmission lever on the side just for the sake of the Command knob on the centre console, this is more like a ladies touch, I am not buying a handbag. Cruise Control, Signal lights switch can easily tangle up with switch gear, this is simply terrible design and implementation. Then the Brake Hold switch, they solely rely on the brake pedal, simply way too dangerous, whoever greenlights such placement should be fired. In terms of tech, most people dismiss BMW, since they thought those are just gimmicks or afterthoughts, I can say, their gesture controls work everytime perfectly even at night, and their display key clearly elevates the 7 as more upscale Flagship, the Merc, they should be the one bringing those up, but surprisingly they didn’t even think about those. Even, touchscreen, pinch and zoom, they should have them ready because its an entire new generation. Its funny, Bimmer has them first, and already implement them well, & iDrive is well layout, instead of the Command on the Merc is a mess, even the Parking cameras, clearly 2 thumbs up, its not just they have it, or how much better, they give the driver the best way to safely maneuver the vehicle. Those who simply think that BMW puts more on everything for the 7, simply for the sake of they have it, should take a closer look, the 7 is more bold in interior design, not just the quality of the leather, but their style equally as impressive as the S. The two side lamps are beautiful in the rear, and the tablet matches BMW vision of tech, with small things like these, they have proven they can be implemented well. Then even their construction by using hybrid materials, they did them better than the Benz, & so I have no idea why the reviewer leans towards the Benz, may be they are addicted to the bs Mercedes slogan “SIMPLY THE BEST OR NOTHING”.

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