Comparison: Lexus LS 600h vs. Mercedes S420 CDI vs. BMW 745d

The Lexus LS 600h, Mercedes S420 CDI, and BMW 745d

I would have thought that Auto Motor Und Sport’s comparison test of the Lexus LS 460 vs. Volkswagen Phaeton would be hard to beat in terms of bias, but they’ve outdone themselves, their comparison of the Lexus LS 600h vs. BMW 745d vs. Mercedes S420 CDI is a absolute gem.

Posted on Autospies, the bulk of the review sadly goes untranslated, but allow me to share the more salient points:

Interior Ergonomics and User Friendliness

  • BMW 20/25
  • Lexus 17/25
  • Mercedes 24/25

Comfort

  • BMW 20/25
  • Lexus 17/25
  • Mercedes 24/25

Active Safety Features

  • BMW 11/20
  • Lexus 11/20
  • Mercedes 14/20

Resale Outlook

  • BMW 7/10
  • Lexus 1/10
  • Mercedes 8/10

I understand the criticism of the LS 600h’s lack of trunk space, and sure, the gas mileage is a sore spot, but low scores in comfort, ergonomics and safety? Absolutely ridiculous.

However, my absolute favorite has to be the resale outlook, where the LS 600h scored a 1/10. Please, Auto Motor Und Sport, tell me how long it will be before I can get this $100,000 car for $10,000? I’ll even travel to Germany to pick it up.


Comments

  1. How can anyone be astounded at German bias, pity they didnt add a section on reliability, I bought a new S500 andd in the first year it spent more time in the shop than on the road. The catalictic convert broke up and it was off the road 40 days, the seat belt mountain fell out on the drives side, the electrics were constantly going wrong, from day one the car was a nightmare. Mercedes build quality sucks, I change to LS600h, 18 months on I havent changed as much as a light bulb, its quieter than the S500, smoother and most of all never lets me down. Mercedes NEVER again