The S560's list price looks cheap next to that of an Aston Martin DB11, even if it's not actually cheap. Sure, the majority of potential buyers might not concentrate quite as hard on the initial outlay as other car buyers might, but start looking at the heady numbers involved for the big-ticket S65 and you can't help but think they'd cause even Simon Cowell to flinch.
But it's all relative, of course. If you can afford it, it won't matter to you, although be aware that it's not just the upfront cost. Of course, as with the DB11 and Bentley Continental GT, depreciation, servicing, insurance and petrol will all try to wring your wallet dry.
You're getting something generously equipped, though. Our favourite model is the S560, which comes only in AMG Line trim and brings luxuries such as 19in alloy wheels, air suspension, climate control, keyless entry and start, a panoramic roof, metallic paint, automatic LED headlights, heated seats, wireless phone charging and a Burmester premium surround-sound hi-fi. If you opt for Premium Equipment Line, this adds features such as a 360deg parking camera, massaging front seats, nappa leather and front heated armrests.
Mercedes has a below-par reputation for reliability. In the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, it finished below BMW, Audi and Porsche in 26th place out of 31 manufacturers (Aston Martin and Bentley weren't included). The S-Class Coupé comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which is impressive among German prestige cars.
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