As several of my colleagues have pointed out, the S-class and the 7-series are both first-class full-size sedans. One thing the S-class has going for it that the 7-series lacks, however, is its optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. This was especially apparent when I drove the 7-series on snow-covered roads day or so after I had driven the S-class. Count me as one who would opt for the added traction of the 4Matic S-class over the rear-wheel-drive 7-series, which, even though shod with snow tires, had to work overtime to keep itself pointed in a straight line on the slick roads.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor