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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé review

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé
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11 Jan 2017 14:34 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 21:03

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The S560's list price looks cheap next to that of an Aston Martin DB11, even if it's not actually cheap, plus there are cheaper coupés out there, such as the Maserati GranTurismo. 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 a DB11 or Bentley Continental GT, depreciation, servicing, insurance and petrol will all try to wring your wallet dry.

You are 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 go, self-closing doors, a panoramic sunroof, metallic paint, automatic LED headlights and auto wipers, heated seats, electrically adjustable memory front seats, wireless phone charging and a Burmester premium surround-sound hi-fi. If you opt for Premium Equipment Line, this adds features including a 360deg parking camera, massaging front seats, nappa leather and front heated armrests.

Mercedes has a below-par reputation for reliability. In our most recent reliability survey, it finished below BMW, Audi and Porsche in 26th place out of 31 manufacturers (Aston Martin and Bentley weren't featured). The S-Class Coupé comes with a three-year and unlimited-mileage warranty, which is impressive among German prestige cars.

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Verdict

The supremely refined Mercedes S-Class Coupé is fast, comfortable and stuffed full of technology. It's one of the best luxury coupés you can buy

  • Impressive refinement
  • Strong engines
  • Wonderfully comfortable
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Huge price gap between standard and AMG models
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