£45,030 - £59,245 Price range
32 - 53 MPG
The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is an elegant luxury convertible that’s fantastically comfortable and comes with one of the most desirable interiors in the business. It’s based on the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, which is reviewed separately.
Its sumptuous cabin looks more stylish than the BMW 6 Series Convertible’s slightly drab affair and comes with gorgeous unvarnished ash wood trims and an 8.4-inch infotainment display with Garmin satellite navigation as standard. It’s best to spend a little extra for the upgraded Comand Online system, however – it comes with more detailed graphics and a pair of larger, crisper 12.3-inch displays.
Four-way electrically adjustable lumbar support for the driver and passenger will ease backache on long journeys and the front seats slide forward automatically to help your less flexible passengers jump in the back. They won’t have too much to complain about once they’ve settled in, either – there’s a reasonable amount of headroom and absolutely loads of legroom – usually a sticking point in convertibles like this.
You can fold the roof up or down on the move at up to 31mph – ideal if the heavens open when you’re stuck in slow-moving traffic. The whole process is done and dusted in around 20 seconds but you’ll have to warn your rear passengers to lean forwards first – the roof fabric extends over the rear headrests before the mechanism tucks it neatly out of the way.
The E-Class Cabriolet’s 385-litre boot can’t quite match the Coupe’s 425-litre capacity and you’re limited to 310-litres with the roof down. That’s still 10 litres more than a BMW 6 Series Convertible, however.
You can get the E-Class Cabriolet with two petrol and two diesel engines. The frugal 194hp E220d four-cylinder diesel model will return around 55mpg in the real world and will accelerate to 62mph from rest in a not-at-all-sluggish 7.7 seconds.
The 245hp E300 petrol version is both faster and thirstier – it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds but will struggle to return 30mpg. All models come with a super-smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox that suits the Cabriolet’s wafty character perfectly.
E350d diesel and four-wheel-drive E400 petrol models come with upgraded air suspension that makes the E-Class Cabriolet one of the most comfortable soft-tops on sale. It’s a £1,495 option on E220d and E300 versions, however, and well worth choosing.
The E-Class Cabriolet is so quiet with the roof up you might just forget you’re in a soft-top. And with it down a range of wind deflectors and spoilers keep wind noise and buffeting to a minimum so you can easily have a conversation without raising your voice – even at motorway speeds.
Euro NCAP awarded the standard E-Class saloon an impressive five-star safety rating in 2016 – expect the Cabriolet to offer very nearly the same level of protection. It comes with numerous active safety features, designed to prevent avoidable collisions, and an optional £1,695 Drive Pilot system that can almost drive the car itself on motorways – providing you keep your hands on the wheel.
The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is a more comfortable and, arguably, more stylish alternative to the sporty BMW 6 Series Convertible that’s well worth considering if you prefer comfort to sporty handling in your convertible.
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