Like its Coupé stablemate, the all-new E-Class Cabriolet is based upon the E-Class saloon platform, so it’s both longer, wider and more accommodating for passengers than previous models. As such it occupies a unique niche among convertibles, being a true four-seater that’s refined and relaxing to drive, whilst also being capable of impressive performance
As it’s a Mercedes, the E-Class Cabriolet benefits from all the latest driver aids and support systems. Active Brake Assist scans the road ahead and warns of potential hazards, and can even intervene to apply brakes autonomously. Another safety option is Attention Assist, which monitors the driver for signs of tiredness and warns when it’s time to take a break. Other features include the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system, Electronic Stability Programme and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.
The extra length conferred by the Mercedes MRA platform suits the E-Class Cabriolet, giving long, sweeping lines from the distinctive front grille through to the tail, for a timeless design that is elegant and unfussy.The Cabriolet’s roof is multi-layer insulated fabric, but you’ll scarcely notice the difference between this and a metal roof when it’s erected, plus it takes up a lot less space when stowed. Inside, you’ll find a mixture of traditional craft with modern tech, such as the spaceship-like air vents and the tubular dials set within a digital driver display screen. All models come with the AMG Line package of AMG alloy wheels and body styling components.
The E-Class Cabriolet is offered with four drivetrains; choose diesel and you can either have the rear-drive E220d, powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, or the all-wheel drive 4-Matic E350d with a 3.0 V6. if you’d rather have petrol power, the options are the rear-drive 2.0-litre E300 or the 4-Matic E400 with a bi-turbo 3.0V6 that produces 328bhp. All feature a 9-speed automatic transmission that’s so smooth you’ll struggle to detect when it’s changing ratios. There’s a choice of five driving modes; ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. If fuel efficiency is your thing the E220d delivers, with 57.7 mpg and a respectable 0-62mph acceleration time of 7.7 seconds. Fastest is the E400, which records a 0-62mph time of just 5.5 seconds.
The E-Class Cabriolet comes as standard with an array of technology, including ambient lighting and AMG-Line trim. Premium adds the Keyless-Go Comfort Package and Seat Memory package, while Premium Plus also includes Burmester® audio and Multibeam intelligent LED headlights. Go beyond that and you can have Lane Tracking, Driver Assistance Package, COMAND online media interface and the dramatic black-trim Night Package. The Cabriolet is also equipped as standard with the Aircap wind deflector and Airscarf neck-level heating for open-top cruising all year round.
Verdict: The E-Class Cabriolet gives little away to its Coupé stablemate in performance while offering the unique sensations of open-top motoring. It’s beautiful, it’s highly fuel-efficient in E220d guise and it’s also rewarding to drive. All this and the quality standards of the three-pointed star make it unique in its class.
|Vehicle Length||4703 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1786 mm|
|Vehicle Height (unladen)||1398 mm|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||1845 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||2.1 litre / 4|
|Max Torque||400 nm @ 1400 - 2800 rpm|
|Max Power||130 kW @ 3800 rpm|
|Top Speed||143 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 8.7 sec|
|Combined Cycle||56.5 mpg|
|Urban Cycle||47.1 mpg|