Nothing but decent, says shortest, braking distances would meet our expectations of vehicles of this class, origin and price. Unsurprisingly, the three German flagships live up to these promises and decelerate nearly like sports cars. None of them requires a piece of asphalt longer than 37.9 metres to stop from a pace of 100km/h, with cold brakes. All in all, the brake systems of the BMW is best even if the German magazines' test results differ significantly, in numbers as well as in tendency. Ams, as an example, has determined that the A8 decelerates as good as the Seven whilst it is the worst braking car with cold brakes in AutoBild. In this magazine, its stop distance decreases with warm brakes, in AMS it increases, which is presumably a result of determining the rates under differing test conditions. Finally it points out that there is no real loser or winner in the deceleration tests as well as in the acceleration comparisons before. In these disciplines the German state-of-the-art-models are very close together.

The 3 contenders and their specifications regarding braking distances.

Though prices aren't the most decisive criteria in the luxury segment, this factor has a certain importance nevertheless. After all, some rich people have achieved wealth also by being stingy and staff cars budgets have been cut in the last years because companies save money in adverse times like these. 72,500€ demand BMW and Audi which is an equal rate at the first sight only. Because, the A8 is fitted with four wheel drive which may be no advantage to it but the Seven just keeps up if the buyer transfers an extra charge of 7% on basic price to Munich for an upgraded chassis. The Mercedes is, traditionally, the most expensive one. Driving a brand new 8-cylinder S-class requires that you can afford to raise the account of your Mercedes Benz dealer by 83,868 Euro.

The outcome of the three cars in Car, Auto Motor Und Sport and AutoBild is the same. The gold medal goes to the A8 which is as well rounded as the S-class but more, not to say impressively dynamic and agile. Moreover, its supreme MMI control system was marked in unison to be the very best. Solely ams said that the Audi wins just because of its reasonable price and, indeed, the ultra expensive trident on the bonnet of the S-class is the most significant disadvantage of the Mercedes. The third position of the Bimmer is, for the most part, a result of its software. A powerful engine, very decent brakes and a competitive chassis turns out that the hardware is right but BMW wanted to make a car totally different and much better but made a less through-out one instead. Its strange design has missed a wider public's taste, notably in Europe, the iDrive is dangerous when operated at driving, also to Silicon Valley's new millionaires who seem to be the only ones who appreciate the supposed progressive conception of the new Seven as the US sales show, and even the seat adjustment is different but anyhow more absurd than really revolutionary.

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