2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. 2018 Mercedes S-Class

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Safety

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Both the Ghost and S-Class have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Ghost has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The S-Class’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Ghost has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The S-Class doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Ghost and the S-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available collision warning systems, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Ghost comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The S-Class’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Ghost for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the S-Class.

Engine

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The Ghost has more powerful engines than the S-Class:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Ghost 6.6 turbo V12

563 HP

605 lbs.-ft.

Ghost Black Badge 6.6 turbo V12

603 HP

620 lbs.-ft.

S 450 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

S 560 4.0 turbo V8

463 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Rolls-Royce Ghost (base engine) is faster than the S 560:

 

Ghost

S-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.9 MPH

107.7 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ghost’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the S-Class:

 

Ghost

S-Class

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15.8 inches

14.2 inches

The Ghost stops much shorter than the S-Class:

 

Ghost

S-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ghost has larger standard tires than the S-Class (255/50R19 vs. 245/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghost has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S-Class. The Ghost’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the S 63.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Ghost can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the S-Class.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghost has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The S-Class doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost’s wheelbase is longer than on the S-Class:

 

Ghost

S-Class

SWB Sedan

129.7 inches

124.6 inches

LWB Sedan

136.4 inches

132.5 inches

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghost is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the S-Class.

The Ghost handles at .83 G’s, while the S 550e pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Ghost is quieter than the S 560 (65 vs. 67 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Ghost has .9 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear headroom than the S-Class.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghost has a larger trunk than the S-Class (17.3 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghost has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The S-Class doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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