An S 500's list price looks cheap next to that of a Bentley GTC V8, but it is higher than a BMW 650i Convertible's or Maserati GranCabrio's. However, considering the sort of figures we're talking about, the step up shouldn't be a problem for the majority of buyers.
It's a step up worth making, too. The S-Class Cabriolet is superb at being a comfortable, refined cruiser roof up or down, and it offers performance and handling to enjoy, should the situation arise. The BMW fails to offer such a broad dynamic package, while the Maserati feels cheaper inside and suffers from second-rate infotainment.
Running it closest is the Bentley GTC, but despite that car's similar refinement, handling, performance and luxury, it manages to make the S-Class Cabriolet look like a bit of a bargain, because the Bentley costs around £44,000 more to buy. This, along with its brilliantly well-rounded set of talents, means the S-Class Cabriolet now sets the benchmark for luxury open-top motoring.
The AMG models are a real financial commitment, with the S 63 cost another £25k over the S 500 and the S 65 a staggering £80k more. Really, unless you’re purely interested in how impressive your badge looks, we’d suggest saving the money and going for the already quick base model. For what it’s worth, the 500 also uses the least fuel and emits the least CO2, although its figures aren’t exactly low in the greater scheme of things.
It’s not like you need to dig deep into the options list with the S 500, either.
AMG Line trim brings luxuries such as 19in alloy wheels, air suspension, climate control, automatic LED headlights and auto wipers, heated and electrically adjustable front seats and heated rear seats, sat-nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio, although the full list runs far longer.
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