2018 Porsche Panamera vs. 2018 Mercedes Benz S Class

The 2018 Mercedes Benz S class is a car which sets a new standard when it comes to autonomous driving, safety and comfort. However, the 2018 Porsche Panamera is a formidable vehicle which has received lots of praise for its performance, state of the art tech and interior amenities. Which of the two is superior?

Design & Style

The Panamera has a composure which is truly enviable, both inside and out. Porsche spared no expense when it came to the interior, incorporating elegant trim and seating which is ultra-comfortable. The Mercedes Benz S class has an appearance which is both smooth and yet forceful simultaneously, with its aerodynamic form and lots of attention being paid to details.  Both are well matched in the style department.

Technology & Safety

The Panamera has a slightly better fuel economy, at 21 mpg versus only 19 mpg for the Mercedes. However, the Mercedes Benz has the advantage in seating capacity, carrying a maximum of five passengers versus only four for the Porsche Panamera. This means, by extension that it has greater space overall. Both cars use a four-wheel anti-brake system with rack pinion steering, but the Panamera has a higher fuel tank capacity, at 23.7 gallons versus only 20.7 gallons for the Benz. Both vehicles have done well on their respective safety tests and have front wheels made of aluminum.


The Porsche Panamera has a large selection of options when it comes to its engines. The standard it comes equipped with is a Premium Unleaded Twin Turbo V6 which is capable of producing 330 horsepower at 5400 rpm. The Mercedes Benz S class has a dynamic powertrain, with the same type of engine used by the Panamera, which is the Premium Unleaded Twin Turbo V6. It however can produce 362 horsepower at 5500 rpm.

The Bottom Line

The Porsche Panamera has an advantage in mpg and fuel efficiency, while the Mercedes Benz S class has one extra seat and slightly higher horsepower. The two vehicles are well matched, so choosing between them is no easy task. However, the steering offered by the Mercedes lacks sufficient feedback, while the hybrid feels too heavy when driving. It costs more than the Porsche yet doesn’t offer enough to justify it, so the Porsche Panamera is the winner of this close race. It has just the right balance of seating, performance, fuel economy and price, and is therefore the best car in its class.

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