Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2010–2017)

Model History

March 2010

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet launched

The open-top two-door model, features a classic fabric soft top, making for a pure cabriolet feeling. New features include the Aircap automatic draught-stop which is easily controllable at the push of a button and reduces turbulence substantially for all four seat occupants, a modified Airscarf neck-level heating system and an acoustic soft top fitted as standard.

The soft top can be opened and closed fully automatically within 20 seconds - even when driving at speeds of up to 25mph. The cabriolet roof is stowed in a special compartment behind the rear panel. A retractable cover separates the soft top compartment from the boot area; it must be closed in order to close the soft top. If the roof is to remain closed, the cover can be slid rearwards, in which case the boot capacity is increased by 90 litres to 390 litres. A through-loading feature is included as standard for the new Cabriolet, as is easy-entry - a manually operated entry and exit aid for the rear passengers.

The powerplants for the new E-Class Cabriolet include new direct-injection diesel and petrol models which combine efficiency with effortless power delivery. The impressive fuel consumption has been achieved through the introduction of new engines and with a number of practical measures. These include on-demand activation of the steering and fuel pumps, the use of tyres with low rolling resistance and an alternator control system which takes account of the current driving situation and the vehicle's electrical power requirements, plus the crucial factor of outstanding aerodynamics.

The Aircap automatic draught-stop, which can be activated at the push of a button, greatly reducing turbulence in the interior of the new Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet, creating a sea of warm air. It is also much easier to implement and use than conventional draught-stops: there is no tricky installation, the two individual rear seats remain free and the Cabriolet's flowing side lines remain uninterrupted. It consists of two components: a wind deflector that can be extended by around six centimetres with a net in the windscreen frame and a draught-stop between the rear seats. The Cabriolet Comfort package includes Aircap with Airscarf. This patented system functions like an invisible scarf, which warms the occupants' head and neck areas. Airscarf is integrated into the backrests of the front seats and provides warm air through outlets in the head restraints.

The soft top's exceptionally high-quality insulation brings about a clearly noticeable reduction in the interior noise level compared to conventional fabric soft tops. Exterior noise caused by other vehicles and wind noise are therefore absorbed more effectively. On the road, the difference is audible from speeds of just 50 mph, for example when driving through a tunnel or overtaking a convoy of trucks. At higher speeds, the benefits of the acoustic soft top are even more tangible. For instance, it is possible to have a perfectly normal phone conversation in hands-free mode even when travelling at a speed. The soft top is of course waterproof and windproof. Plus it can be put through an automatic carwash without any hesitation. With a total thickness of 23.5 mm, the fabric soft top offers excellent thermal insulation, meaning that the E-Class Cabriolet is also ideal for use in winter.

With seven airbags fitted as standard, belt tensioners and belt force limiters for all seats, not to mention crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger, the new E-Class Cabriolet offers the most extensive safety equipment package in this vehicle category. The airbags, which can deploy in milliseconds in the event of an accident, include front airbags and sidebags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag on the driver's side, and headbags. Rear sidebags are available as an option.

What does a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2010 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £36,075
Buy new from £28,837
Contract hire from £311.89 per month