Whatever your preference in vehicles may be, with all the beautiful design and soft touch materials, it’s tough to overlook a luxury sedan. Today we’re taking a closer look at the 4 most searched models on SpeedList: BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class, Lexus LS, and Maserati Ghibli. For comparative purposes, the four most similar variants of each model have been selected.
BMW 550i Sedan
Engine: 4.4-liter V8 with TwinPower Turbo technology with 445hp
Performance: Rear Wheel Drive with available all wheel on the X-Drive variant, 8-speed sport automatic transmission, auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration
Features: Split fold-down rear seats, 18-way power multi-contour front seats, concierge services, full color head-up display, Xenon adaptive headlights, night vision with pedestrian detection, rear-view camera, active blind spot detection.
Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic
Engine: 4.6-liter biturbo V8 with 442hp
Performance: ECO start/stop system, 7-speed automatic transmission, agility control, sport tuned suspension
Features: LED headlamps, daytime running lights and taillamps, 14-way power adjustable heated front seats, multicolor ambient lighting, dual zone automatic climate control, keyless go, household type power outlet, collision prevention assist, attention assist, mbrace2, electronic stability control, active blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, parking assist, rear view camera, high beam assist
Engine: 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 with 345hp
Performance: sport mode, 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, 5 operating modes, double-wishbone front suspension and five-arm multilink for the rear, servo hydraulic steering system
Features: 7-inch TFT diplay in the instrument cluster, analog clock, 8.4-inch touch entertainment display, available leather dashboard LED taillights, twin tailpipes
Lexus LS 460
Engine: 4.6-liter V8 with 368hp
Performance: Rear wheel drive with available all wheel, eco/comfort, normal and sport modes, aerodynamic body fins for improved stability
Features: Climate concierge, puddle lamps, running lights, 12.3-inch display with app suite, noise reduction wheels, available 19-speaker sound system, advanced pre-collision system, adaptive front lighting system, rear cross traffic alert
It’s easy to see what all the fuss is about. These luxury sedans all feature soft materials, premium engineering, fast motors and an ample amount of technology. The Lexus LS carries the highest price tag of all the models, with it’s base over $70k, but it offers quite a bit of technology and comfort, although it is not the fastest of the four. Mercedes and BMW offer the most performance with the fastest engines, and each model has more powerful variants available for less than the Lexus. Maserati is definitely the sportiest of the luxury models.