2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

City mpg:
17
Highway mpg:
26

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Overview

The standard features of the Mercedes-Benz S 560 Base include 4.0L V-8 463hp twin turbo engine, 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st row overhead airbag, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, airbag childseat sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

2018 Mercedes-Benz
S-Class Cabriolet

Starting at: $133,300

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Memory seat
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Head restraints memory
  • HVAC memory
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Emergency communication system - eCall Emergency System
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • AM/FM radio
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 10 GB
  • Radio data system
  • Weather band radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 13
  • Speaker type - Burmester
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - mbrace Route Assistance
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 12.3"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Rear seats - bucket
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 4.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 463hp @ 5,250RPM
  • Engine torque - 516 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 83.0mm x 92.0mm (3.27" x 3.62")
  • Compression ratio - 10.50 to 1
  • Exterior length - 5,032mm (198.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,899mm (74.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,417mm (55.8")
  • Wheelbase - 2,945mm (115.9")
  • Front headroom - 958mm (37.7")
  • Rear headroom - 955mm (37.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,540mm (60.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,540mm (60.6")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,374mm (54.1")
  • Interior cargo volume - 249 L (9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 351 L (12 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power open and close trunk
  • Door auto-latch
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Power convertible roof
  • Glass rear window
  • Convertible roof lining
  • Convertible roof wind blocker
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 4.0
  • Compressor - twin turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - V-8
  • Horsepower - 463hp @ 5,250RPM
  • Torque - 516 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 32
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - mid
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 9 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 20mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 21.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 26mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Childseat sensing airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Integrated roll-over protection
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Power adjustable front head restraints
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Power adjustable rear head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45HR19.0
  • Rear tires - 275/40HR19.0
  • Wheel size - 19"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - automated
  • Lane departure - Lane Keeping Assist active
  • Blind spot sensor - Blind Spot Assist warning
  • Forward collision - COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS mitigation
  • Rear collision - CMS Rear mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear - 360 Camera yes

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Search New $133,300   463-hp 4.0L 8-cyl  9-spd auto  17 / 26  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The S-Class sedan ride is impeccable, while the brakes get the heavy car stopped true and without drama. It’s not athletic. It is too big and heavy to handle like a sports sedan. The steering lacks feedback.

Air suspension with adaptive dampers is standard, while the available Magic Ride Control uses hydraulic springs. Its glassy ride comes via a camera that views the road ahead and sets the suspension for the upcoming surface. In Comfort mode, it truly feels magic.

The new S 560’s twin-turbo V8 is 4.0 liters, smaller than the previous S 550 with 4.7 liters, but it makes 14 more horsepower. Its 463 hp is as much as anyone needs.

The AMG S 65 with a V12 making 621 horsepower is rear-wheel drive. Don’t let the horsepower fool you; it’s not as quick as the AMG S 63 V8. The V12 has other virtues. And it’s mated to a seven-speed automatic, not a nine-speed. The Maybach S 650 V12 makes less horsepower.

Walk Around

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Few of those 6500 changes are to the exterior. There’s a new grille and bumpers, and new LED headlamps that project a wide display and provide autonomous functioning. The AMG models have a low wing-like front fascia with big air intakes, and a rear diffuser with four exhaust tips.

Interior Overview

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The cabin reeks of splendor. It boasts beautiful craftsmanship that’s impressive to the eye, with fit and finish that few cars can equal.

For 2018, the two 12.3-inch screens, one for gauges and one for infotainment, are combined into one big screen, with higher resolution. A new system called Energizing Comfort can be set for five separate 10-minute programs to soothe the driver. The programs combine climate control, seat heating or cooling, seat massage, music, ambient lighting, and fragrance diffusion. Sounds perfect for a relaxing nap behind the wheel, while autonomous driving takes you to your destination.

The horizontal dash has two tiers and is glamorous in quilted leather with silver trim. The materials have high contrast, and there are a lot of shiny accents over the basic wood or leather trim, with carbon-fiber accents on the AMG models.

The front seats are superb, somewhere between supportive and plush, with big cushions and a lot of adjustment, although the ergonomics are occasionally fiddly. The rear seats are also wide and comfortable, at least the outside seats.

The COMAND connectivity system is upgraded for 2018. It comes with five years of service and includes Facebook, Pandora, voice-to-text email and text messages, a mobile app, non-streaming apps, web services, roadside connection, and diagnostics data.

Summary

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is truly the ultimate sedan. Powerful, luxurious, taut ride and handling, built like a tank. The S 560 with the 463-hp V8 seems the appropriate model to us.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class ranges from the S 450 ($89,900) with rear-wheel-drive and V6 to the AMG S 65 V12 ($229,500), the Master of the Universe model. In between are the S 560 V8 ($99,900), and the AMG S 63 ($147,500). The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is available.

Optional equipment includes things like a 24-speaker surround sound system, warm-stone massaging seats, perfume scents released into the cabin, entertainment and fridge in the rear, and two executive rear seating packages that include airline-like tables and a right-side footrest.

The Maybach models go off into Rolls-Royce territory, with the technology and features wrapped into a limo-like body that’s eight inches longer. The S 560 Maybach 4MATIC is $168,600, while the S 650 Maybach V12 with rear-wheel drive is $198,700.

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