Compare Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. Porsche Panamera

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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 Porsche Panamera
2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 Porsche Panamera
S550 Sedan
  • S600 Sedan
  • S350 4MATIC Sedan
  • S550 Sedan
  • S550 4MATIC Sedan
4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB 4
  • 4dr HB S
  • 4dr HB 4S


MSRP $94,500 $75,200  
Invoice $87,885 $67,500
Avg. Paid N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 9.0  
Critics' Rating 9.0 8.8
Performance 8.3 9.0
Interior 8.8 8.9
Safety N/A N/A
Reliability 4.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious, roomy interior
  • Impressive safety features
  • Quiet ride
  • Competitive power
  • Exceptional performance
  • Spacious interior
  • High-grade cabin materials
  • Confusing cabin electronics
  • Numb steering
  • Expensive sticker price
  • Options are expensive
  • Only seats four
  • Controversial exterior styling

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V8 4.6L/285 Gas V6 3.6L/220
MPG 15 City / 25 Hwy 18 City / 27 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback  


Wheelbase(in) 124.6 115.0  
Length, Overall (in) 206.5 195.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 83.2
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 55.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard  
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4740 3880  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Optional Optional  
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Optional Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 109.0 98.0
Front Head Room (in) 37.8 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1 51.9
Front Hip Room (in) 60.8 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 38.2
Second Leg Room (in) 42.3 33.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 51.7
Second Hip Room (in) 60.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 44.6
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 16.4


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard Optional
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Standard  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Leather Seats Standard Standard  
Cooled Driver Seat Standard Optional
Cooled Rear Seat Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V6
Displacement 4.6L/285 3.6L/220
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 429 @ 5250 300 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 516 @ 1800-3500 295 @ 3750
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 40.0 39.3


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 27
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 21.1


Active Suspension System Optional Optional  
Air Suspension Standard Optional
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.