Why should I want it?
The S-Class Cabriolet is up there with the priciest ways to get a sun tan. Classy, comfortable and powerful, even the least potent of the three options is this £117k S560, which produces ‘only’ 469hp. From a looks perspective, it’s more enlarged E-Class cabrio than a chopped-off S-Class, but it’s elegant roof up or roof down.
Why can’t I have it?
The S-Class drop-top has a surprisingly low residual value of less than 35%, which is a big chunk of cash. Rear space isn’t as plentiful as might be expected for what is a huge car, and roof down, the boot drops to 250 litres. Not really enough for a week in the Riviera.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
It’s the comparative bargain of the S-Class Cabriolet range, because the S63 AMG cab costs over £140,000 and the 630hp S65 AMG is up at nearly £200k. Equipment levels are also excellent, with plenty of technology as standard, although it easy to spend well into five figures on the options list.
More fleety alternative
More reasonable levels of wind-in-the-hair with a three-pointed badge is possible at less than a third of the cost of the S-Class cabrio, and with a car that shares some visual styling cues with the big soft-top. The C-Class Cabriolet can be had in 126g/km C220d form, or the cheapest option of the 156hp petrol C180 at less than £39,000.
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