Mercedes S Class Cabriolet review

Category: Convertible

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

An S560’s list price looks cheap next to that of an Aston Martin DB11 Volante, but is a fair financial step up from a BMW 8 Series Convertible

It's a step that many will think worth making, too. The S-Class Cabriolet is superb at being a comfortable, refined cruiser, roof up or down, and offers performance and handling to enjoy, should right road present itself. After all, the Aston offers far less interior space, while the BMW’s interior lacks the visual pizazz that many buyers at this price point will be looking for.

The AMG models swell the price tag notably; even the cheapest S63 costs the equivalent of a well-specced Ford Fiesta more. Really, unless you’re purely interested in bragging rights, we’d suggest saving the money and going for the already quick base model. For what it’s worth, the 560 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 560, either. Grand Edition trim brings luxuries such as 20in 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.

Like it’s saloon sibling, the S-Class Cabriolet also gets a vast quantity of state-of-the-art safety equipment as standard, including a Pre-Safe system that uses the seatbelts to pull occupants into the best possible position if it detects that a crash is imminent, and automatic emergency braking to hopefully prevent the crash happening. However, because Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the S-Class Cabriolet, we can’t compare it to rivals.

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Overview

From its monstrously powerful yet exceptionally smooth range of engines to its luxurious and spacious interior, the S-Class Cabriolet is unrivalled when it comes to effortless drop-top motoring.

  • Quiet inside, roof up or down
  • Every engine is strong
  • Handles cleanly for its size
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Huge price gap between S 500 and AMG models

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