VIDEO: Is the new Audi A8 better than a 1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

This all-new Audi A8 is a pretty sensational luxury car, if we’re being honest. We drove one extensively last year, and even compared it to the BMW 7 Series, and we came away really impressed with it. In fact, I’m not even personally a big luxury car fan — I prefer small sports cars — but even I didn’t want to give it back to Audi. However, there’s a sentiment that things were just better in the old days that, no matter how advanced technology gets, they just don’t make ’em like they used to. So can the new A8 take on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class from 1999?


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In this new video from Jay Emm, get a very interesting comparison test. He compares his very own 1999 Mercedes-Benz S500 with the all-new Audi A8L and, for good measure, his own 2007 BMW 760i. So each major German brand is represented, from three different decades.


The video is only part one of several, as each car will get its own video review and then they’ll all be totaled up and a winner will be named. This video is merely an introduction to each car, how their features compare and how much they were when new, as well as how much he paid for his two cars.


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Really, the entire point of the video is to show off just how much luxury you can get for only a few thousand dollars (pounds, in his case), compared with a brand-new luxury car costing nearly six-figures. Obviously used cars, especially old ones, present better value. But the real question is; does the new car actually offer better luxury?


Sure, new cars have more tech, more features and more style but does all of that actually translate to a more luxurious experience than the S-Class from 21 years ago? We’ll find out in this video and those to come.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.