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As innovation expands the range of what an automobile is considered to be, luxury vehicles like the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Tesla Model S appear to be from different worlds when actually they have a lot in common. In fact, if you are considering purchasing a Tesla Model S, there are many reasons why you should reconsider the Mercedes-Benz S-Class over the newfangled electric car.

First, we have to give credit where credit is due. Tesla is close to perfecting the electric car, but it still does not live up to the standard of Mercedes-Benz. It has a luxurious interior, a powerful motor, and a progressive exterior style, but as we look at the base models of both vehicles, there are a few things to consider before investing up to $100,000 on your next car.

 

2017 Mercedes-Benz S 550 VS. 2017 Tesla Model S 75
Power Source 4.7L Biturbo V8 Power Source 70 kWh Lithium Ion
449 HP Power 382 HP
~500 Miles Range ~230 Miles
4.8 Seconds 0-60 5.5 Seconds

S-Class Convenience

We admit, the concept of an electric car is fun one, but is it practical? Both vehicles provide ample power that will launch them to 60 miles per hour in one handful of seconds, so there are no problems there. They both weigh the same and have almost identical exterior dimensions, but the selling factor for us is that the S 550 can travel as far as 550 miles on one tank of gas. Of course, 21 gallons of gas is more expensive than 70 kWh of power, but when you are spending this much on a car, the price of gas should not affect your decision. Instead, you should be concerned by the low range of 230 miles a Model S can travel on a full charge. This is less than half the distance of the S-Class!

If it is the environment you are worried about, you will find comfort in knowing the S-Class gets up to 26 miles per gallon and has a coefficient of drag that is only .03 more than that of the Tesla. Overall, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S 550 is a better investment. Did we mention it is available as a cabriolet? If you have any questions about the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale!

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