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2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet Test Drive Review

Mercedes-Benz’s lineup recently experienced a huge overhaul with some new never-before-seen and much-appreciated additions. In fact, it is one of the only luxury automakers that offers a sedan, coupe, and convertible variant of all of its passenger cars.

Prior to 2016, the only passenger car in the Mercedes-Benz lineup that was available as a sedan, coupe, and a convertible was the E-Class. In recent years, we’ve seen that formula trickle down to the C-Class and all the way up to the flagship S-Class. While we were originally a bit reluctant when Mercedes-Benz announced that they would be offering a convertible version of the S-Class, we were completely proven wrong when the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet made its debut in late 2016.

So you can imagine our enthusiasm when we discovered that we would get to spend some time in one of the most expensive and extravagant convertibles in the world. Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet Exterior:

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is simply gorgeous. Building on the design language of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, the Cabriolet version brings some open-top charm to the lineup.

Design-wise, it has the same classy front-end that demands your attention as the S-Class Coupe. The rear taillights are also similar to that of the S-Class Coupe, as is the overall side profile. Of course, the main distinction is that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet features a folding soft-top that can be lowered and raised at speeds up to 31 mph.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet sits on a wheelbase that measures 115.9-inches with an overall length of 197.9 inches. The width comes in at 83-inches while the height comes in at 56.2-inches.

As the first S-Class Cabriolet in 45 years, this convertible proves that fashion and luxury can be packaged in a beautiful manner. Our favorite exterior design highlights include the diamond-block grille, a wide muscular stance, and the overall sleek creases that are seen throughout the body. Not to mention the top is available in four attractive colors, so you can have the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet tailored to your style and preference.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet Interior:

As with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan and Coupe, the Cabriolet features an interior that is the absolute definition of exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous design. Features like Nappa leather upholstery, handcrafted wood trim, and a standard cabin fragrance system are just some examples of the luxury you’ll be enjoying in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

Other standard features include soft-close doors, dual-zone automatic climate control, AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, keyless entry, and a cabin-air purification system.

Tech-wise, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet comes standard with dual 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreens that house the speedometer and access to the COMAND system that can also be controlled via a touchpad controller on the center console. Other standard tech options include: Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, navigation, an outstanding Burmester Surround Sound system, and much more. Optionally, you can add an upgraded version of the Burmester sound system, massaging seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, heads-up display, and an in-car WiFi hotspot.

Overall, the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is an exceptional place to be. The comfort, luxury, and elegant design clearly justify the hefty price-tag that comes along with purchasing this convertible. Also, while the cabin is quite spacious for a convertible, rear legroom is entirely dependent on how greedy the front-row passengers want to be to share the space.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet Performance:

Our test model, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet, is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 bi-turbo engine that produces a total of 449 horsepower with a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft. You could go for the 557 horsepower S63 Cabriolet or the 621 horsepower S65 Cabriolet, but we recommend saving the money since you’re probably not hitting up the track on the weekend with this type of car.

The engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission that allows the S550 Cabriolet to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet manages an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg* (city/highway)

Overall, the ride quality of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet is everything you would expect from an S-Class. It’s remarkably smooth and insanely comfortable and has more than enough power to shift in and out of lanes on a major highway.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet Safety:

Since you are dropping down a pretty penny for this car, advanced safety features are available as standard option. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet comes standard with a rearview camera, adaptive brake assist, a collision prevention system, park assist, adaptive braking, and more. Optionally, you can add on adaptive cruise control with steering assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic assist, surround-view camera, speed limit assist, and a night vision camera to name a few.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet Overall:

So what does living in this lap of luxury cost? The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet carries a starting price tag of $131,400**. Of course, that is a lot of money, but considering what you’re walking away with, this is all the car you’ll ever need. Comparatively, the S63 Cabriolet and the S65 Cabriolet start at $176,400 and $247,900** respectively. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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