TTAC Compares the Lexus LS 600hL & Mercedes S400 Hybrid


Comparison: Lexus LS 600hL vs. Mercedes S400 HybridEarlier this year, The Truth About Cars compared the Lexus LS 600hL and the Mercedes S400 Hybrid, the only two flagship luxury sedans (currently) available with a gas-electric powertrain.

The S400 takes the more subjective categories in the review, namely for its exterior & interior design, but the LS 600hL cleans up on every other point, from price to performance.

Read the full TTAC Comparison

Comments


  • West

    How can anyone even consider the S-class interior as good? Its very terribly thought out and executed =.. The LS interior has a very logical and fluid design, the interior of the Lexus feels as if it is hugging you in rich soft leather..

    Where as the interior of S-class is swarthy and flat and feels cold, all german interiors are behind the Japanese..  

  • West

    How can anyone even consider the S-class interior as good? Its very terribly thought out and executed =.. The LS interior has a very logical and fluid design, the interior of the Lexus feels as if it is hugging you in rich soft leather..

    Where as the interior of S-class is swarthy and flat and feels cold, all german interiors are behind the Japanese..  

  • West

    How can anyone even consider the S-class interior as good? Its very terribly thought out and executed =.. The LS interior has a very logical and fluid design, the interior of the Lexus feels as if it is hugging you in rich soft leather..

    Where as the interior of S-class is swarthy and flat and feels cold, all german interiors are behind the Japanese..  

  • Johnboy

    The exterior of the LS looks so much nicer then the S-class, look at the first photo in the comparison.. 

  • sndesign

     The S-class exterior looks much cheaper and less refined than the stately LS. 

  • Anonymous

    The LSh certainly looks much more refined!

    KREW: I just learned that you could already have a rather extensive leather upholstery with the LS 430! See how there is a line of stitching running from the right door, across the glovebox, around the center console and even the portion below the center armrest, and to the other side of the car!

    http://www.netcarshow.com/lexus/2004-ls430/1600×1200/wallpaper_0e.htm
    http://www.netcarshow.com/lexus/2004-ls430/800×600/wallpaper_0d.htm
    http://www.netcarshow.com/lexus/2004-ls430/800×600/wallpaper_0f.htm

    It’s annoying that, from generation to generation, Lexus cars would often lose in the acres of leather and wood. Interestingly, the designers managed to get away with it because the newer models usually looked a lot better inside.

  • JO

    I’ve seen an S500 parked next to a Lexus LS600H/460 and the Lexus LS has a much stronger presence, it looks unique with its very highly precise body panels and the entire car looks distinctive.. S-class looks very generic.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-J-Nordvik/100001045418399 Lasse J. Nordvik

     I´ve always found German cars to have something rather cold and aloof about them,whilst Japanese cars always feel warm and welcoming. I guess you could say a Mercedes is like a butler,where as a Lexus is like a really good friend.

  • BlackDynamiteMB

    I have always been disappointed in the current S-class exterior (I liked the last one much more) 

    Haven’t been in the 600h, but having driven the LS460 and S500, the LS interior materials were a step down to the S-class, but the car was quieter overall, but didn’t have the torque of the Benz motor.

    I think the LS is the best looking car in this class, and it’s not really close!  But I think the new BMW 7 Hybrid (2011) will be best in this class.

    Which will be fixed when the new LS arrives next year
    BD

  • Toni

    Lasse, I lovr you for this comment: Mercedes is like a butler, Lexus is like a good friend. You bring it to the point! Thanks for your great job!

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Excellent analogy — and right on the money.

  • Widgutt

    Havin driven both an LS460 & S500, they’re different cars, almost catering for different market demographia.. As soon as you open the doors, I felt that the LS460 had heavier doors then the S-class, but the S500 did have doors that felt you could say a bit more solid then the LS460, the LS460 door handle is generations better then the S-class handles.. Once your inside the LS460 again is much better, it gives you a feeling of being surrounded in rich, very well thought out Luxury, every inch of the interior has been thought of when making it, and has been impeccably engineered.. Unfortunately the same could not be said for the S500, where you have a central dash that is very drab, uninspiring and cold, the seats were hard and the overal interior was not even close to the LS460, I’ll wrap it up Lexus LS = PERFECT AND I MEAN PURE PERFECT INTERIORS, words cannot possibly describe the perfection..

    DRIVING, yes yes you guys have probably heard that the LS is very quiet already but what amazed me was the way the car gains speed and loses speed, the transition was seamless, it’s almost impossible to judge the speed of the LS460 when your driving.. the steering on the LS460 feels also very luxurious and light, when your driving it almost feels as if he car knows it’s gonna turn, just feels like there is assistance..

    S500, the ride is smooth enough, but its no where near LS460 turf, bumps are felt but dispensed, engine can defenatley be heard, tyre noise and you are generally not isolated enough.., the S500 may have a very smooth ride by most people’s standards, but when comparing it to LS460 it simply doesn’t..

    The S-class felt a little more responsive only at accelerations as the S500 generally likes maintaining high revs, the LS460 tries to maintain as low revs as possible, so say when already driving at 60 mph, and you give it some power, the LS460 feels more responsive then S500 in those situations..

    Brakes, S500 wins in my opinion, the brakes seemed as they were almost perfect balance of braking, they felt very natural..

    LS460′s brakes are sensitive, and i mean SENSITIVE, the slightest touch just a pin drop on the brake pedal and you’ll see the speed drop, although you won’t feel it or hear it..

    Overall if your looking for a more fun and maybe a slightly more sporty or ‘soul’ then S-class

    If pure luxury, quality, refinement is what your looking for then the LS460 is the winner by far

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

     Thanks for the great mini-review, Widgutt — appreciate your input!

  • Mike DeLorca

    Your comments are right on. my exact summary of the MB and it’s refinement and driving compared to the LS. In my career I deal with wealthy clients that drive S class and when I have them in my LS they will often ask my opinion of my Lexus. Many of them are long term MB owners and I hear very, very often from them that they are very dissapointed with their MB and feel that they are overpriced and not worth the money——a great deal of them say they will by LS next. Very intereting coming from customer base that can afford what ever they wish to have. 

  • Anonymous

    What bout the BMW Active7 Hybrid? which also competes with these two. 

  • Anonymous

    Good one,WoL. I too noted this detail in the LS430 when it was first launched. The full leather trim was optional & came as part of an upgrade package, without which even the leather on the door armrests were deleted. In the Middle East market this full leather wasn’t available at all, so the armrests were semi-hard plastic & not very comfortable to use not to mention looking like a bit of an oversight.
    With the FULL leather trim the LS430 interior is IMO better than many 2011 luxury cars!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Widgutt, I recently drove an S550, 750Li & XJL & having driven an LS460L a while ago, I can say the LS is overall the best of the lot with the XJ a close 2nd. My biggest gripe with the S-class was ride quality which informed you of each & every bump, the LS rides like a dream in comparision & even the XJL rides better (admittedly on 19in rims)
    The adjustment range of the power seats in the S felt inadequate &  I would’ve liked more underthigh support, The LS & XJ are better than both the S & 7 in this regard. Some bits in the S interior like the leather on the dash & steering felt too hard too. The XJ is plain fantastic when it comes to leather applications.

  • Beon

    And the funny thing is the Lexus LS460 is the oldest one and still sells the most lol, just goes to show you that it’s a very good car..

    I’ve never liked S550 interior, the new 2011 7series has even a worst interior then s-class..

    Let’s look at every generation of the LS since 1989, LS400 today still works well, interior is nicer then the merc, BMW etc of that time.. W126 was the S-class when the LS400 was launched

    LS400 still looks very modern, LS400 looks now a car from the stone age

  • Anonymous

    I Agree, the S-class interior doesn’t feel very special & after sitting in it I was asking myself “Why is it so expensive?” The LS & even the XJ feels worth every penny just by looking at it & especially sitting inside.

  • Kmiss

    Audi A8 being 2011 justy doesn’t seem to have learned, protruding buttons/knobs, shiny tacky plastic i can go on and on.. 

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    You’re absolutely right — didn’t realize it was available yet. :-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    You’re absolutely right — didn’t realize it was available yet. :-)