BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes S-Class vs Jaguar XJ – AutoExpress

If you’re looking for the last word in luxury, a long-wheelbase limousine need to still be top of your list, despite the boom in high-end SUVs. These extended executive cars are simply that bit much more discreet compared to an upmarket 4×4, yet feature lavish interiors loaded along with technology – and the most recent firm saloon to strike the market is the brand-new BMW 7 Series.

The 7 Collection isn’t restricted to advances in equipment, though, as this brand-new model boasts improved safety, much more comfort and, for a firm individual along with their eye on the bottom line, added efficiency.

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However, it’s not cheap, and neither are its rivals. For years, the Mercedes S-Class has actually been the model to beat, combining cutting-edge equipment along with amazing luxury. The exact same is real of the most recent car, so BMW’s newcomer has actually a solid task on its hands.

The 7 Collection has actually constantly been excellent to drive, too, and it faces a challenge from the sharp-handling Jaguar XJ – the British brand facelifted its flagship last year, along with improvements across the board. yet which of these cars reigns ultimate in the super luxury saloon class?


Key tech

The 7 Series’ Essential along with its colour display resembles a mini smartphone. It lets you set the climate regulate remotely, plus examine the fuel range and the security status.

BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes S-Class vs Jaguar XJ - keys

A smartphone app would certainly do the task simply as well, yet it reinforces the car’s hi-tech feel, along with features enjoy gesture regulate letting you adjust the volume along with a basic swish of your finger.

Parking solution

BMW’s £1,100 advanced parking group makes manoeuvring a breeze. Not only does it feature a 360-degree camera, it allows you to park the saloon remotely. You can easily climb from the vehicle and just permit it park itself using the Essential – an additional brilliant innovation on this sixth-generation 7 Series.

Space race

The S-Class feels slightly roomier in the rear, helped by its greater roofline, yet the 7 Collection is close behind. The 2 grab selections for multi-means seat adjustment and plenty of hi-tech kit. The Jaguar isn’t as spacious, despite the fact that it’s cosy fairly compared to cramped.


First place: Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes S-Class - front static

The S-Class cements its placement at the top. While BMW’s brand-new 7 Collection comes close, rivalling it for technology, the Mercedes much better mixes its futuristic feel along with exquisite ride quality. It’s not fairly as fast, yet performance is much more compared to adequate, plus it feels much more special compared to its rivals in this test. On top of that, it’s the cheapest vehicle right here and comes along with much more equipment.

Second place: BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series - front static

Low emissions and inclusive servicing will certainly tips cut operating costs, yet while the 7 Series is likewise fantastic to drive, it isn’t fairly as special inside as the S-Class. There’s no faulting the gadgets on offer, despite the fact that it feels much more enjoy an enlarged, expensive 5 Series compared to a bespoke flagship saloon. Still, excellent agility and comfort, plus numerous space, make it a wise firm limousine.

Third place: Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ - front static

Despite its striking design, the XJ feels compromised in this company. There’s not as a lot space in the cabin or the boot, while the ride is just also firm for a luxury saloon. It’s likewise the least efficient vehicle right here and falls short on cutting-edge kit. Yet the XJ is packed along with old-school, upmarket charm and is fantastic to drive.

Is it worth waiting for this model?

Audi A8L SE Executive 3.0 TDI LWB

Due: 2017  
Price: £73,000 (est)
Engine: 3.0 V6, 300bhp (est)

An all-brand-new Audi A8 is due next year, along with electric turbos for much better response, much more energy and higher efficiency. It will certainly debut the Piloted Drive autonomous tech, plus Audi’s latest design language.


Mercedes S 350d AMG Line LBMW 730Ld M SportJaguar XJ 3.0 V6 D Portfolio LWB
On the road price/total as tested£71,955/£115,140£72,260/£101,305£72,075/£88,220
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)£32,301/44.9%£28,499/39.4%£28,772/39.9%
Annual tax liability std/greater rate£3,875/£7,750£3,460/£6,919£4,630/£9,206
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,487/£2,479£1,747/£2,912£1,580/£2,633
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost46/£1,420/F/£14546/£1,153/E/£13050/£1,243/F/£185
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£41pm (3yrs)5yrs/50k (included)£229/£329/£229
EngineV6/2,987cc6cyl in-line/2,993ccV6/2,993cc
Peak power/revs 254/3,600 bhp/rpm261/4,000 bhp/rpm296/4,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 620/1,600 Nm/rpm620/2,000 Nm/rpm700/2,000 Nm/rpm
Transmission 9-spd auto/rwd8-spd auto/rwd8-spd auto/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel70 litres/repair kit78 litres/run-flats80 litres/space saver
Boot capacity510 litres515 litres479 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,975/715/2,100kg1,870/695/2,100kg1,860/590kg/N/A
Turning circle/drag coefficient12.3 metres/N/A12.8 metres/N/A12.3 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (unltd)/4yrs3yrs (unltd)/3yrs3yrs (unltd)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers15,500 miles (1yr)/136Variable (2yrs)/15316,000 miles (1yr)/97
Driver energy manufacturer/dealer pos.11th/21st14th/23rd2nd/3rd
NCAP: Adult/child/ped./assist/starsN/AN/AN/A
0-60/30-70mph6.5/5.8 secs6.2/5.3 secs6.6/5.6 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th2.6/3.4 secs2.4/2.9 secs2.4/2.9 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th4.4/5.4/7.2/11.4 secs3.7/5.0/6.7/12.8 secs3.8/4.8/6.5 secs/N/A
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 155mph*/1,200rpm155mph*/1,350rpm155mph/1,400rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 50.9/37.5/10.0m50.6/36.3/9.5m50.3/37.1/10.7m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph70/51/63/69dB73/52/65/72dB71/54/67/72dB 
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range37.6/8.3/579 miles32.0/7.0/549 miles35.4/7.8/623 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 42.2/57.7/52.3mpg47.9/64.2/56.5mpg39.8/54.3/48.0mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 9.3/12.7/11.5mpl10.5/14.1/12.4mpl8.8/11.9/12.4mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket201/148g/km/27%237/132g/km/24%214/155g/km/29%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/cameraEight/yes/yes/yesSix/yes/yes/yesSix/yes/yes/yes
Auto box/stability/adapt cruise/AEB**Yes/yes/£2,300/yesYes/yes/£2,960/£985Y/y/y/£1,575^
Climate control/leather/heated seatsYes/yes/yesYes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes
Metallic paint/LED lights/keyless goYes/yes/£1,490Yes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/BluetoothYes/yes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes/yes