The Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet looks great and its eye-catching cabin feels more special than most posh soft-tops, but it’s neither as sporty nor as practical as some alternatives
The Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet is an elegant four-seat convertible with a high-tech cabin and a range of fairly economical engines. If you fancy something a little easier to live with every day, it’s also available as a swoopy coupe, a five-seat saloon and a practical estate.
To keep it looking and feeling fresh, the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet was updated in 2018 with two new engines, restyled bumpers and an overhauled infotainment system. The latter now comes with a 10.3-inch display as standard instead of the old car’s 8.4-inch unit, and you can even get a 12.3-inch digital screen in place of conventional analogue dials – just like in the Audi A5 Cabriolet.
Unfortunately, the Mercedes doesn’t feel quite as well built as the rock-solid Audi inside, but it comes with plenty of metal switches and glossy trims to make it look just as upmarket. Less fancy, however, are the man-made leather seats you get as standard, but at least they come with loads of adjustment to help you get comfy.
Things are much cosier in the back, but there’s still just enough space for two tall adults – on short journeys at least – and the front seats slide forward electrically to help them climb in easily.
The Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet boot is the same size as in the BMW 4 Series Convertible, but it’s slightly smaller than the loadbay you get in an A5 Cabriolet. Unlike in most convertibles, you can fold the Mercedes’ back seats down if you ever need to carry very long luggage.
Stylish, comfortable and even surprisingly spacious, the C-Class Cabriolet pretty much does it all – well, apart from being outright fun to drive…
You probably won’t be brimming the C-Class Cabriolet’s boot all that often, so more important than boot space is what it’s like to drive. Avoid sporty AMG-Line models – or spend extra for the optional air suspension – and the C-Class Cabriolet irons out bumps and potholes impressively well.
Even entry-level petrol models make decent long-distance cruisers, but for regular long drives you’ll want to pick a C220d diesel model, which’ll prove more fuel efficient. If it’s a sporty soft-top you’re after, one of the faster AMG-tuned C43 petrol models will be worth considering.
Whichever model you go for, you get a silky-smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard, alongside plenty of active safety kit including cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
Add to this a reassuring five-star safety rating awarded to the C-Class Cabriolet by Euro NCAP in 2017, and you’ve got one of the safest soft-tops on sale and a tempting alternative to the likes of the BMW 4 Series Convertible and Audi A5 Cabriolet.