2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom vs. 2018 Mercedes CLS

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Safety

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Both the Phantom and CLS have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Phantom 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 CLS’ 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 Phantom has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The CLS 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.

An active infrared night vision system standard on the Phantom helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The CLS doesn’t offer a night vision system.

To help make backing safer, the Phantom’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CLS doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Phantom and the CLS 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom weighs 1224 to 1596 pounds more than the Mercedes CLS. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Phantom 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 CLS.

Engine

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The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 161 more horsepower (563 vs. 402) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 443) than the CLS 550’s standard 4.7 turbo V8. The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 590) than the AMG CLS 63 S’ standard 5.5 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Rolls-Royce Phantom uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The CLS requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Phantom has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CLS (23.8 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Phantom’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CLS (285/45R21 vs. 255/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Phantom has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the CLS. The Phantom’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CLS.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Phantom can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The CLS doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Phantom 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 CLS doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Phantom offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the CLS.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Phantom’s wheelbase is 26.6 inches longer than on the CLS (139.8 inches vs. 113.2 inches). The Phantom EWB’s wheelbase is 35.3 inches longer than on the CLS (148.5 inches vs. 113.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Phantom a Large car, while the CLS is rated a Compact.

The Phantom has standard seating for 5 passengers; the CLS can only carry 4.

The Phantom has 24 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLS (116 vs. 92).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Phantom’s rear seats recline. The CLS’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Phantom has a much larger trunk than the CLS (19 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Phantom has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CLS doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Phantom’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The CLS doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Phantom has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the CLS.

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