Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The Essentials

  • Price from £35,195
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 55.4mpg
  • What is it? Mercedes E-Class Cabrio is probably the best luxury convertible of its type

Great

  • Classy, comfortable and packed with luxury kit
  • Aircap wind deflectors keep rear passengers
  • Roof folds away in 26 seconds even when you

Gripes

  • Wind deflectors rather spoil the car
  • Not quite as much fun to drive as a BMW 3 Series convertible
  • Too many irritating controls in the cabin
  • Drive

    Stick to comfier SE trim and a strong diesel engine for the most cosseting experience. Fabulously refined, roof up or down

  • Inside

    Every driver should be able to get comfortable - many will then get annoyed with the illogical controls and foot-operated parking brake

  • Safety

    Lots of technology to help prevent an accident and in case it can't, headbags, roll-over protection and a reinforced structure to keep you safe

  • Reliability

    Mercedes is determined to put its cars back at the top of the reliability charts, so you can expect this one to last and last

  • Space

    Four adults can fit inside, albeit snugly for the two in the back. The boot is a decent size, but shrinks with the roof folded

  • Standard and extras

    Luxury SE includes climate control, Bluetooth and all round parking sensors. Sport adds a bodykit, bigger wheels and stronger brakes

  • What's it like to drive?

    There's an engine to suit everyone, but our favourite is the E350 CDI with the automatic gearbox. It's not the quickest off the mark but has plenty of pull so it soon gets going. Stick with SE trim for the smoothest, most comfortable journey. It's still nimble around bends with plenty of grip, while the firm ride of Sport models feels at odds with open-top cruising. Roof-up, the cabin is super-quiet, and even with it lowered the crafty Aircap wind deflectors keep things relaxed all round.

  • What's it like inside?

    Youll have no trouble getting comfortable, thanks to the seat and wheel adjustment in the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet. However, the confusing arrangement of controls on the dash, foot-operated parking brake and combined indicator and wiper control stalk are all potential irritations. Visibility isn't bad for a convertible. The rear seats are cosy for two adults, and not just thanks to those wind deflectors, but the boot is a useful size, if awkwardly shaped.

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  • Should I buy one?

    The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is competitively priced compared with an Audi A5 or BMW 3 Series convertible, although it will depreciate faster than the BMW. It also has very generous standard kit included - from automatic lights and wipers to parking sensors front and back. You'll need to pay extra for the delicious Airscarf neck-warmers, however. The diesel engines offer the lowest running costs, and stop-start has been introduced to the range too.