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

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Phantom and S-Class 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 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 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 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.

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 S-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Phantom 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom weighs 529 to 1124 pounds more than the Mercedes S-Class. 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 S-Class’ 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 S-Class.

Engine

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The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 201 more horsepower (563 vs. 362) and 295 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 369) than the S 450’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 100 more horsepower (563 vs. 463) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 516) than the S 560’s standard 4.0 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 S-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Phantom has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S-Class 550e Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Phantom has larger standard tires than the S-Class (255/45R22 vs. 245/50R18). The Phantom’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S-Class (285/45R21 vs. 255/40R20).

The Phantom’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S-Class’ standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Phantom has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S-Class. The Phantom’s optional 22-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 Phantom 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 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 S-Class doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

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

 

Phantom

S-Class

SWB Sedan

139.8 inches

124.6 inches

LWB Sedan

148.5 inches

132.5 inches

Passenger Space

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The Phantom has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S-Class (116 vs. 112).

Cargo Capacity

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The Phantom has a much larger trunk than the S-Class (19 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 S-Class.

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