When it comes to consumer items, you may sometimes have a brand or model that’s the de facto choice if you want the best. If you need a search engine, you use Google. For sunglasses you go for Ray-ban. It’s Levi’s for blue jeans, Zippo for lighters. For those who want an executive luxury sedan, the default choice for most is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Of course, there’s always the chance that you don’t want to look like all the other rich executives on the road. Maybe you just want to be different. Perhaps you also feel like there’s a better alternative to spending more than $100,000 on a car.
If that’s the case for you, then we have 4 alternatives for you to consider. Let’s take a look at how each of them drives, while it provides you with the creature comforts you demand in your car.
2018 Genesis G90 3.3T HTRAC (Premium)
It’s surprising how many experts pick the Genesis G90 as the alternative to the S-Class. It seems like a pretender trying to fit in among its superiors. Yet even though Genesis is owned by Hyundai, you have to admit that aside from brand snobbery this is the real deal. This G90 is a true executive luxury sedan.
Perhaps the only “drawback” to the G90 is that it doesn’t quite look exciting enough. But this isn’t really a big deal, considering what you get.
The way it drives is quite engaging for any proper driver. At the same time, you get a very smooth ride as well. You get plenty of semi-autonomous technologies here to make sure that you can go quickly, smoothly, and safely in your trips.
At the same time, you’re also super comfy inside the car. The interiors are laden with the most recent luxuries that you can afford, and riding inside makes you feel cosseted and well taken care of.
What will really add to the G90’s value is that despite its excellent driving and luxury features, its price hovers around the $70,000 level. So you can take your S-Class budget money and spend it on this, and you’ll have enough money to get your teenage kid a Sonata from Hyundai afterwards.
2018 Lexus LS 500 AWD
Thankfully, the latest LS 500 is a much better car than its predecessor. It looks extremely good, and that’s always a good thing. Its design is a lot more exciting than many of the competition. All these and more explain why it’s 2nd on this list.
The way it drives also matches how good it looks too. It offers a very compelling driving experience, and it’s not hard to have lots of fun along the way. Driving this car can make you feel alive.
On the other hand, there is still plenty of room for improvement. The technology inside the car may be the latest innovations, but they’re not as easy to use as they ought to be. That can get rather frustrating.
The space at the back isn’t as roomy as it should be as well. Isn’t the point of a luxury sedan to provide comfort for the people at the back too? Lexus seems to have forgotten this, as this tight rear seat reminds us of the traditional drawbacks of ordinary sports cars.
Also, there’s the rather high price you have to pay for this car. Don’t expect any sort of savings for not buying the S-Class, as this car will also cost you more than $100,000.
2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance
The 7 series of BMW is the traditional rival of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and what differentiates this car from the rest of the competition is its use of its plug-in hybrid powertrain.
This kind of power also offers a very serene ride that can help you relax on the way to and from work. It’s very quiet inside, as the bustle of the outside world is held at bay. Its acceleration is quiet too, and it goes very smoothly.
Add the brand reputation of BMW to the smooth ride and its use of electric motor, and it’s great.
What’s not so great about the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is the pricing for the options. BMW offers as options various features that you’d find standard in many of its competition. Even when the other cars offer the same options, you’ll find that with BMW these options cost a great deal more. That’s why it’s 3rd on this list.
2017 Lincoln Continental AWD 3.0 (Black Label)
The Lincoln Continental brings up the rear on this list, despite its many attractive features. It offers a very roomy cabin, the footprint is quite tidy, and the interior trim is great with its art deco look.
But if you examine the little details about the car, you’ll notice a great deal of inconsistency in its drive experience and in its luxury features. The driving experience doesn’t offer enough finesse with its untamed nature and harsh ride quality. It’s also noisy inside, and you even get lots of rattling and squeaking.
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