gave Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet May be on his deathbed.
Amid the rush to produce electric vehicles and a new, global fascination with SUVs, the classic convertible is falling out of favor with buyers. At Mercedes-Benz, that means the next-generation C-Class and E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are likely to be replaced by a new model, called the CLE.
The current E-Class Cabriolet still has some life left in it. With the convertible finish of the larger, more expensive S-Class, it’s currently the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz drop-top range, and currently competes with… nothing, really. BMW doesn’t do a 5-series convertible, and the biggest Audi drop-top is the A5.
Should you rush out and grab the E-Class Cabriolet before it’s gone?
with a sticker price of $147,153 before on-road costsThe E350 Cabriolet commands a $14,000 premium over the equivalent E-Class Coupe and a $17,000 premium over the equivalent four-door E-Class Sedan.
Our tester was fitted with the Vision Package ($3400) and power-lock doors ($700), bringing the sticker to $151,253 before on-road costs.
Competitors are thin on the ground. You’ll pay $126,400 before on-roads for an Audi S5 Cabriolet, and the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible has a sticker of $141,900 before on-roads. However, both are smaller than E .
With beige and black leather, polished white wood on the dashboard, and two high-resolution screens in front of the driver, the E350 Cabriolet makes a strong first impression.
More subtle alternatives are available, but you didn’t buy a convertible to blend into the background. With the roof raised, you could be fooled into thinking you’re sitting in a hardtop coupe up front.
The driver and passenger sit down, look out over the long bonnet, and there’s a small motorized arm on hand to move your seatbelt. Heaven forbid sir ever have to climb on the shoulder.
Along with the standard heating, cooling, and range of electronic adjustments we’ve come to expect from Mercedes, the front seats feature an air scarf that will blow warm air over the back of your neck when the roof is down.
The driving position is excellent, allowing long-legged drivers to stretch out straight, and a thick steering wheel is standard. It’s a shame that Mercedes-Benz insists on fitting its cars with what could be wheel control in motoring.
Instead of proper buttons, it has touch-based sliders that make simple tasks difficult.
The infotainment system offers a blend of old and new Mercedes-Benz technology. The screens are running the latest MBUX software, which means they have slick animations and modern graphics, but the controller on the transmission tunnel is the rotary dial from the old COMAND system.
Once you get the hang of the mix of swipes, button presses, and dial turns, it’s easy enough — and Hey Mercedes Voice controls work well – but rival systems are more intuitive. The fact that you only get wired smartphone mirroring, and Apple CarPlay is in a small window on the screen, is disappointing.
Skipping the top in E is easy enough. You simply flick a small switch past the central storage bin at 60km/h, and the soft top quietly goes about its business.
Once down, the cabin is a surprisingly quiet place. Another button next to the roof-opening switch raises the wind deflector, which uses a spoiler on the windscreen and a mesh unit behind the rear seats to reduce buffeting.
There’s no taking away from the fact that the roof is dropped, but the Mercedes-Benz does a pretty good job of keeping the worst of the wind out of the cabin.
Rear-seat space isn’t really what cars like this are all about, but the E-Class has room to bring friends along for a beach cruise.
We fit fully grown adults in there on short trips, with decent legroom and plenty of headroom under the closed roof, but you won’t want to spend too long in there.
Access through the long doors is a bit tight, even with the front seats slid as far forward as possible, so graceful entry or exit can be a bit difficult.
As for boot space? This is greatly compromised by the folding soft top.
There is a claim. 385 liters, but once you get past the initial opening the load space itself is a narrow window. However, it will swallow a set of golf clubs thanks to the wide aperture at the rear.
There’s no spare wheel, just a can of goo to drill a hole if you’re in a pinch.
Power in the E350 Cabriolet comes from a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine to create 220 kW And 400Nm. It’s rear-wheel drive, and a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The engine is backed by a 48V mild hybrid system designed to provide smooth start/stop, and extra boost when you mash the throttle.
The sprint is claimed at 100 kmph. 6.1 secondsand flat out you will be. 210 km per hour. Claimed fuel economy. 7.8 liters per 100 km, and the car drinks 98 RON premium unleaded. Fuel tank gauge 66 liters.
We found that 10.9 liters per 100 km over the course of a week is quite a push towards city driving.
Want a sporty drop-top from Mercedes-Benz? Buy the Mercedes AMG SL.
It’s a comfortable cruiser designed to soak up the sun in style rather than an all-out weapon for tearing up coastal roads. Provided you’re comfortable with it, the E-Class is a beautiful thing to drive.
Usually reserved for large family SUVs or off-roaders, the E-Class Cabriolet features under-the-skin air suspension as standard in Australia. For a car on 20-inch wheels it does a good job of filtering out small urban bumps, although you really feel the weight when it hits big bumps.
You won’t find the windscreen rattling, but there are times when the body doesn’t feel as solid as a coupe or a sedan. Realistically, this isn’t something that will bother most owners, nor is it a problem unique to the drop-top E-Class.
Power in the E350 comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that feels ample, but never too much. It’s smooth and quiet on light throttle input, but put your foot down and it doesn’t have that comfortable, linear feel you want in a big Mercedes-Benz.
The nine-speed automatic transmission shifts smartly through the ratios when you’re cruising, and is nimble enough to hang onto the gears almost all the way when you mash the throttle.
The engine has a determined bark throughout, though anyone hoping to tune in to a more expensive-sounding soundtrack will need to look at the six-cylinder AMG E53.
As with many modern Mercedes-Benz models, the brake pedal in the E-Class can feel a little touchy and difficult to modulate at low speeds.
The pedal is soft, and difficult to modify as the 48V mild hybrid system draws energy. More weight and more logical construction of brake pressure would be welcome.
There’s no such problem with the steering, which is nicely weighted in the default Comfort Drive mode. This 4841 mm long Keeping the cruiser around town is easy, and an array of cameras on hand means there’s no excuse for scraping the wheel.
Mercedes-Benz has the best driver assistance in the business.
The adaptive cruise control does an excellent job of keeping a gap in front of the car, the lane keep assist intervenes well when you stray towards the white lines, and the lane change function when you signal the car. will move to the next lane. .
Ride comfort is excellent at 100km/h, and insulation on the soft top is impressive. There’s barely a hint of air around the window seals, and the tire roar is laid on Australia’s nastier milk bitumen – a problem with plenty of European cars.
Rather than feeling like a weekend car you need to accompany you on longer journeys, the E-Class Cabriolet is a well-rounded car with only a folding soft top. Just make sure you pack light…
E200 Coupe Highlights:
- AMG Line exterior styling
- 19-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch MBUX infotainment system
- Satellite navigation
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Parktronic Active Park Assist
- Surround camera
- Mercedes Me Connect app integration
- Wireless smartphone charging
- 64 colors of ambient light
- Electrically adjustable front seats with three-position memory
- Heated front seats.
- Leather upholstery
- Rear privacy glass
- Agility control suspension with passive selective damping.
- Keyless entry/start
- Hands-free boat access
- LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist
- LED tail lights
- 360 degree cameras
Add E350 Coupe and Cabriolet:
- 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels
- Air Body Control Air Suspension
- Multi-beam LED headlights
- Metallic paint
The convertible also has the Mercedes-Benz Air Scarf, which blows hot air across the back of your neck, and a pop-up air diffuser above the windscreen to smooth things out in the cabin at speed when the roof is down.
The W213-generation E-Class Sedan has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, based on testing carried out by Euro NCAP in 2016 – although the E350 Sedan is currently unrated. Coupe and Cabriolet versions are also unclassified.
The E-Class Sedan scored 95 percent for adult protection, 90 percent for child occupants, 77 percent for pedestrian detection, and 62 percent for safety assistance.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Lane change assist
- Blind Spot Assist
- Rear Cross Traffic Assist
- Evasive Steering Assist
The E-Class includes nine airbags as standard, along with an active airbag that fires when the vehicle detects a rollover.
The E-Class lineup is backed by a Five-year, unlimited kilometer warranty.
Maintenance is required every 25,000 km or 12 months, whichever comes first.
A three-year service package will set you back. $2800is worth four years. $3750and five years of expenses $5600.
The E-Class Cabriolet may be a top player in 2022, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a beautiful cruiser.
Like most convertibles, this one has some compromises. It feels heavy, the boot is small, and it’s more expensive than a sedan, but it’s not really a sensible purchase.
With the sun shining on the white leather interior, your partner smiling in the passenger seat, and music pumping through the Burmester stereo, there aren’t many cars that make you feel like the E-Class Cabriolet. can do
If you’re buying a big convertible to feel good, however, we’d suggest opting for the AMG E53. A little extra punch and a more emotional exhaust note would add another layer of enjoyment to the E350.
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