Over time, the Mercedes E-Class convertible has become the yardstick upon which all others shall be measured in this class. The ultimate driving machine doesn’t have anything that could be compared side by side, while the Audi A5 convertible isn’t really up to scratch.
The new E-class convertible has undergone some pleasing revisions too that will surely help it retain its position of top dog. It’s now got tidier styling (with the roof up or down), is more efficient and comes with oodles of equipment. Can it finally dispel the idea that all large convertibles are a bit of a joke? Let’s take a closer look with our review.
Mercedes E-Class Convertible Test Drive
A few years back, this car was focused on mammoth capacity engines that were relaxed and worked in tandem with the personality of the vehicle. In 2016, things have changed, and any Mercedes dealership trying to flog the E-Class cabriolet with those meaty 6 and 8 pot engines would certainly need a prayer.
As such, Mercedes have sensibly introduced some four pots that score well for efficiency. Opt for a E250 or an E200 petrol variant an you’ll get to choose from a 2.-litre four cylinder unit that is offered in either 184 or 211PS guise. Both achieve solid economy figures and offer satisfying acceleration. If you prefer a diesel unit, you can get your hands on either a four pot 2.1-litre plant or a 3.0-litre V6 252PS E350 BlueTec engine.
In terms of how it drives, the Mercedes convertible E-Class is certainly intended to be more of a cruiser that you take out on long winding Sunday drivers, as opposed to a rip-roaring sports car. It doesn’t entertain you in the same way that the Audi TT Roadster does, but it never has done. Instead, it offers a ride that is luxurious and sensible. If you want some sportier thrills, you’re better off looking elsewhere.
The Interior, Design And Build Of The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
It’s really hard not to be superficial when it comes to a cabriolet. You just have to ask yourself: Would you throw money at a cabriolet that looks bland? It it doesn’t look good, it just isn’t worth it.
As ever, the E-class cabriolet looks fab. The angular design theme of last time around has had time to bed in more firmly and the car now offers a coherent look. The 4 separate lights of its predecessor have been discarded and in come two 1-piece headlamp units that fit like a glove. Buyers get partial LED lights by default, but if you want this car to look as good as it can do, you might be better paying a little bit extra for the full LED system.
The new convertible comes with sports suspension, which might lead you to assume that it won’t be so refined in the cabin. Think again. Sure, the clatter of the diesels as you fire them up is noticeable (with the roof down, at least), but they quickly pipe down. Even with the roof up, the this Mercedes convertible is pretty much just as refined as the E-class Coupe.
Perhaps a talking point indoors will be the dash, which is most definitely a plain Jane. Strange why Mercedes haven’t put more time an effort in here, especially when you consider that the rest of their range now more or less all benefit from some fluid dash designs.
Space has never been the ace in the park of a four-seat convertible, but buyers still need it. And while room is okay, it falls short of that offered by its closest rivals, including the 4 Series and the Audi A5 Cabriolet.
Mercedes E-Class Convertible Price And Running Costs
Prices for the new cabriolet start out from £42,000 and rise to £50,000. There is only one trim available at present, which is the AMG line. You get a lot of equipment, including all-round parking sensors, sports suspension, and automatic windscreen wipers and headlights. Optional extras, meanwhile, include bigger alloys and a mini spoiler.
In terms of running costs, it’s hard to think anyone of sound mind will miss the beefy, thirstier engines that used to define this range. The four pots indeed serve to bring costs down, and you can now achieve numbers of 48mpg if you opt for either the petrol E250 or E200 models. If you go for a diesel, you’re talking 60mpg.
Our Favourite: Mercedes E-200 Convertible
Not too much has changed stylistically with this Mercedes cabriolet, but it’s under the skin of the Mercedes E-200 convertible where improvements have been made. The six and eight pot engines have been curtailed, replaced by greener four pots that offer buyers a more comfortable ride experience. Sure, this is no hellcat, but it was never meant to be. If you’re looking to let your hair down on a lazy Sunday as you cruise through sunny Britain with the roof down, the Mercedes E-Class convertible remains on point.
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