BMW and Mercedes-Benz are like the Yankees and Red Sox -- perennial rivals with a reputation for success. But in the full-sized sedan segment, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is always a winner. It's always got the very best of Mercedes-Benz luxury and technology. And the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an all-new model with tons of exciting features and options! We'll tell you about some of these options below, and show you why the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a better value than its rival from BMW.
The 2021 BMW 7 Series is virtually identical to the 2020 model year. Meanwhile, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a complete clean-sheet redesign. It's been rebuilt from the ground up to provide a more spacious cabin, a more modern dashboard and all the latest comforts and conveniences. The result is a more premium experience inside the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And the experts at Car and Driver agree. They wrote of the 2021 BMW 7 Series sedan, "Sure, it's luxurious, but one turn in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or even the Genesis G90, and you'll be left wanting more from a car that starts well north of $80,000."
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is frequently the first to bring the latest innovations from Mercedes-Benz engineers and designers to the market. On the 2021 model, you get a wide range of features that are brand-new and can't be found on any new car, not even the 2021 BMW 7 Series. Such technologies include the 3D Digital Instrument Cluster. Instead of analog gauges, you get a full-video dashboard with stunning 3D effect that makes important information pop. The available Augmented Reality HUD turns practically the entire front windshield into a head-up display. Navigational arrows and other alerts can be projected virtually on the road ahead, for the safest and most futuristic drive available from any luxury car.
There's even a feature you can't get on the 2021 BMW 7 Series that you'd expect on just about any brand-new car: Android Auto™. While both vehicles offer Apple CarPlay™ to wirelessly pair your iPhone to the infotainment system, only the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes standard with Android Auto™ for your Samsung and Google mobile devices.
The 2021 BMW 7 Series comes standard with a turbocharged inline-six engine. So does the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But with only 335 standard horsepower, the entry-level 2021 BMW 7 Series doesn't have the kind of power you expect from a premium executive sedan. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class provides 429 standard horsepower!
Furthermore, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class features standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive -- an option that'll cost you an extra $3,000 on the 2021 BMW 7 Series as an available option. The 7 Series comes standard with rear-wheel drive which can't provide the reliable grip and all-weather confidence of all-wheel drive.
Along with the added control that comes with standard all-wheel drive, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class adds some first-to-market safety innovations that provide a level of security and peace of mind not even the BMW 7 Series can offer. These innovations include PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side -- a burst of air that can keep passengers away from the doors during a side impact collision. There's also segment-exclusive rear passenger frontal airbags, so even back-seat drivers enjoy front-seat comfort and protection. None of these features are available on the 2021 BMW 7 Series.
With a whole lot more power, exclusive features and superior comfort, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class remains at the top of this class for a reason. Not even lauded competitors like BMW can compete in this segment. The S-Class is the finest full-size sedan on the market, and the 2021 model is the most advanced one yet. And we've only scratched the surface! Come discover all its features, performance and refinement during a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula, serving Murrieta and Menifee, CA.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2021 BMW 7 Series
|384||Standard Torque (lb-ft)||331|
|All-Wheel Drive||Drivetrain||Rear-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)|
|9-Speed Automatic Transmission||Transmission||8-Speed Automatic Transmission|
|Adjustable Air Suspension||Suspension||Adjustable Air Suspension|
|Standard||Android Auto™||Not Available|
|Available Upgrade||3D Digital Instrument Cluster||Not Available|
|Available Upgrade||Augmented Reality HUD||Not Available|
|Available Upgrade||Rear Passenger Frontal Airbags||Not Available|
*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.