F-segment – Luxury and prestige sedans: the epitome of top class

Prices are in euros including VAT and “from”.

Audi restyled its A8 born in late 2017 in early 2022 and simplified its offering with two engines. The 286 hp / 183-195 g 3.0 V6 TDI opens access to the series for 99,000 euros, but in diesel, which will close city centers to it. The second engine is more attractive in the PHEV 60 TFSIe at 462 hp / 40-43 g for 116,500 euros. This is the PHEV of the Q7, which combines 3.0 V6 turbo petrol of 340 hp and a 136 hp electric motor, with a battery of 14.4 kWh, useful for 55-58 km of autonomy. It is the only engine available for the long Limousine version, which requires at least 123,100 euros for 42-44 g and 53-56 km of autonomy in electric mode.

No. 1 – Mercedes EQS
No. 2 – Porsche Taycan
No. 3 – Audi A8

e-tron or Taycan?

For the 100% electric, you need to switch to the 4-door e-tron GT Quattro coupé with its 476 hp, which draws their energy from the useful 83.7 kWh battery, for 455 km of autonomy (21.6 kWh / 100 km) . Its built-in charger is of 11 kW AC and DC up to 270 kW. The price starts at 105,100 euros. Another version, the RS e-tron GT Quattro, pushes to 598 hp, still with 83.7 kWh battery and an almost equivalent range of 452 km (21.6 kWh / 100 km). Its price rises to 145,690 euros or 161,190 euros in the extended finish.

This platform and engine architecture of the e-tron comes from Porsche, whose former model Taycan still represents the archetype of the 4-door grand touring coupe. With an advantage in business: a propulsion version for access to the range for 89,357 euros. A single 326 hp electric motor therefore on the rear axle, with a 71 kWh battery for 310 km autonomy (25.4 kWh / 100 km). Another version, still in progress, adjusts 380 hp with an 83.7 kWh battery to 362 km of autonomy. This Taycan Performance Plus starts at 95,129 euros.

In addition, the Taycan shifts to 4S four-wheel drive with a different engine on the front axle for 435 hp in total. The battery of 71 kWh gives 313 km range (21 kWh / 100 km) for 109,414 euros. Its 490 hp version is entitled to the 83.7 kWh battery for 365 km of autonomy (21.9 kWh / 100 km) for 115,990 euros. Finally, the 625 hp Taycan Turbo is worth 156,334 euros with the standard battery of 83.7 kWh for 353 km of autonomy. They have recently been joined by Taycan Cross Turismo, its shooting break version, for 10,000 euros more.

Panamera: end flap

For its part, the oldest Panamera should disappear by the end of 2024 in favor of Taycan. But it still promotes its PHEV engines, the pure turbo petrol versions that reach CO2
stratospheric (from 232 to 260 g). The 462 hp / 45-57 g 4 E-Hybrid starts at 116,499 euros, with 2.9 V6 turbo petrol of 330 hp, aided by a 136 hp electric motor (common for Q7-Q8). In the 4S E-Hybrid with an extra engine on the front axle, the total power reaches 560 hp / 50-64 g for 133,778 euros, while 700 hp / 62-66 g TurboS E-Hybrid tops with 195,216 euros. This series is available at the Sport Turismo break for 11,000 euros more.

The BMW 7 Series launches its next generation, the seventh, before the summer, for marketing in early 2023. Why change a car that has aged so well, with dynamic performance still at the highest level, especially in PHEV? But it lacked a cord for the race: the all-electric motor, which is located above the recent i4. This future BMW i7 should therefore hamper EQS and its competitors. So far, the 7 Series still exists in diesel with 730d xDrive and its 6-cy. 3.0 in 286 hp / 154-172 g for 102,750 euros, and 740d xDrive in 340 hp / 158-173 g for 109,750 euros. In PHEV, the 745e starts at 108,950 euros with its 6-cyl. in line 3.0 at 394 hp / 41-48 g and its small useful 10 kWh battery, for 49-55 km autonomy. The next generation will perform much better in autonomy thanks to a larger battery.

Mercedes CLS 4-door coupe takes over 220d at 194 hp / 143-167 g from the S-Class for 77,400 euros, or 400d at 330 hp / 175-194 g for 97,250 euros. Essentially, the 6-cyl. in the range of 435 hp / 209-219 g is the only one that settles at 102,950 euros.

The 7-series makes its series

The elongated limousine body is better equipped. It thus adds four-wheel drive to the 745e xDrive of 45-52 g (117,450 euros), in addition to the three versions above: 730Ld xDrive for 106,900 euros, 740Ld xDrive for 113,950 euros and 745Le for 0 euros, 000 euros. The icing on the cake, the only petrol engine in the range also comes with the stunning 4.4 V8 of 530 hp / 241-252 g for diehards, for 125,500 euros.

This Series 7 is finally available as a coupe, convertible and above all a 4-door coupe 8-Series Gran Coupé, restyled in early 2022, with three powerful engines: 840d xDrive at 340 hp / 167-177 g for 105,550 euros, 840i xDrive at 333 hp / 197-207 g for 99,350 euros, and the very sporty M850i ​​in 4.4 V8 at 530 hp / 248-252 g for 126,400 euros.

Mercedes has a head start with its EQS marketed since the fall of 2021. This EQS is based on a new platform dedicated to electric EVA, which is also used for EQE (read above). With its wheelbase of 3.21 m, the EQS carries a significant battery of 107.8 kWh, combined with a very low consumption for the segment of 20.2 kWh / 100 km. As a result, the range reaches 632-784 km for the EQS 450+ with the 333 hp electric motor, to 128,550 euros. More efficient with an engine beyond the front, the EQS 580 4Matic with 523 hp has an interesting range of 589-672 km (21.1 kWh / 100 km), for 154,100 euros. Finally, the EQS 53 4Matic pushes the cavalry to 658 hp, still with the 107.8 kWh battery, to a range of 528-584 km, to 162,550 euros.

More classically, the S-Class starts in the S 350d at 286 hp / 168-200 g with 3.0 turbo-diesel 6-cyl. online, for 103,850 euros. An engine also offered in the S 400d 4Matic at 330 hp / 175-207 g for 111,050 euros. In PHEV we find 6-cyl. 3.0, coupled to a 150 hp electric motor, all developing 367 hp / 14 g at 132,750 euros or 137,450 euros in 4Matic four-wheel drive to 16-23 g. In both cases, the electric range reaches 90-112 km, a record. This series is available in Limousine for 5,000 euros more, with identical CO2 and electric autonomy.

Like its German competitors, Mercedes offers its S-Class as a 4-door CLS coupe with 220d at 194 hp / 143-167 g for 77,400 euros or 400d 4Matic at 243 hp / 175-194 g for 97,250 euros. In essence, the CLS 53 adjusts 4 4Matic + AMG 435 hp / 209-219 g for 102,950 euros.

Among the challengers in the luxury sedan category, Lexus is betting on its LS 500h full-hybrid FHEV with its 359 hp / 178-185 g rear-wheel drive for 105,490 euros or in four-wheel drive for 145,490 euros for 215 g.

V90 at Volvo

Volvo is trying to resist with its big V90 station wagon in the T8 Recharge PHEV. This is based on 2.0 turbo petrol of 310 hp plus a 145 hp electric motor and a 17 kWh battery, for 84-87 km autonomy; it all develops 455 hp / 20-22 g, to 82,200 euros. Cheaper to buy and use, 2.0 B4 turbo diesel of 197 hp / 147-154 g gives access to the range for 56,650 euros. The B5 version of 235 hp / 155-164 g changes to AWD four-wheel drive, for 69,950 euros. Access to the range therefore amounts to 2.0 turbo petrol B4 of 197 hp / 158-165 g for 54,650 euros. Another challenger, Lexus with its large LS 500h full-hybrid FHEV sedan, with its 359 hp / 178-185 g rear-wheel drive for 105,490 euros, or in four-wheel drive for 145,490 euros for 215 g.

For Jaguar, the equation is difficult in the absence of electrified engines. Its XF is only available in one model with 2.0 turbodiesel of 200 hp / 130-146 g for 67,245 euros or 69,820 euros in four-wheel drive (143-157 g).

For Jaguar, the equation is difficult in the absence of electrified engines. Its XF is only available in one model with 2.0 turbodiesel of 200 hp / 130-146 g for 67,245 euros or 69,820 euros in four-wheel drive (143-157 g).

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