Review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2017)
Impressive refinement, solidity and a top quality interior. Few compromises over the coupe.
Rear seats uncomfortable for long journeys. No E 63 AMG model.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2017): At A Glance
- New prices start from £55,755, brokers can source from £28,837
- Contract hire deals from £311.89 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 44–45
- On average it achieves 71% of the official MPG figure
What's the point of driving a Mercedes-Benz if you can't be seen driving a Mercedes-Benz? The E-Class Cabriolet offers the kind of luxurious motoring you'd expect from a Mercedes, along with stylish soft-top looks and seating for four people.
The E-Class Cabriolet sits in a class of its own. It's bigger and pricier than the likes of the Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 4 Series Convertible, starting just below £46,000 for the E 220d model, rising to more than £69,000 for the sporty AMG E 53.
It's a classy offering, with a superb interior similar to that found in the regular E-Class models. It's longer and taller than the old E-Class Cabriolet, meaning there's more room for rear seat passengers, but it still isn't really a regular four-seater.
A wide range of engines provide plenty of choice, but you could do a lot worse than the entry-level 220d, which is impressively refined for a diesel and - thanks to the nine-speed automatic gearbox - is always ready to exploit its narrow torque band.
An AMG E 53 tops the range with a lovely six-cylinder engine, although it's not the direct performance car you might expect it to be. Having said that, it sounds brilliant and isn't as soft as you might expect from a cabriolet.
There aren't many alternatives to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, but that doesn't mean it rests on its laurels. Its interior is excellent, with high quality materials and comfortable seats. You'll lose an element of practicality opting for the Cabriolet but it's not the compromise a convertible sometimes is. With the roof up, it would be easy to forget you're not driving a coupe.
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2017): What's It Like Inside?
- Euro NCAP rating of five stars
Up front, the E-Class Cabriolet has the same luxurious cabin as the regular E-Class model. Very much a downsized S-Class, the E-Class interior is available with a wide range of interior trim combinations.
All models come with Mercedes-Benz's Airscarf neck-level heating system which warms the air around the necks of the driver and front passenger like an invisible scarf - ideal for those chilly roof-down days.
Mercedes-Benz's impressive 12.3-inch widescreen multimedia display is now standard across the range, as is the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with three different display styles.
There's space in the rear for two average size adults for short periods. Anyone six foot or more will find their head touching the roof, while the upright backrests are uncomfortable for anything more than the briefest of journeys. They're only meant to be used as occasional seats, though, and for kids keen to experience open-top motoring, they're fine.
Up front, electric adjustment is standard on all models, meaning it's very easy to find a comfortable seating position.
The boot is reasonably big, although rather flat with a small access so best suited to soft bags for weekends away. Dropping the roof reduces luggage space from 385 litres to 310 litres. A button can drop a box into the boot to hold the roof so you know how much space it'll take up before you load your luggage. When moving, the roof can be retracted in just 20 seconds at speeds up to 30mph.
Specification (February 2019):
E-Class AMG-Line features 19-inch alloy wheels, Active Brake Assist, Agility Control suspension with selective damping, AMG bodystyling, Blind Spot Assist, cruise control with variable speed limiter, Dynamic Select with a choice of driving modes, high performance LED head and tail lights, sports exhaust system (E 300 only), Mirror Package and Parking package, Aircap wind deflector, Airscarf neck-level heating system, ambient lighting, 12.3-inch multimedia system, DAB digital radio, heated front seats, keyless start, 50:50 folding rear seats, navigation, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, touchpad with controller, USB ports in the rear and a 12.3-inch widescreen cockpit display.
Mercedes-AMG E 53 adds 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, AMG bodystyling, AMG dynamic select, AMG Ride Control sports suspension, AMG boot spoiler, diamond grille, Multibeam LED intelligent light system, memory package, parking package with 360-degree camera, seat comfort package, leather dashboard with red contrast stitching, COMAND online system with 12.3-inch media display, red seat belts, wireless phone charging and a 12.3-inch cockpit display.
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What's the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2017) like to drive?
The most economical choice of E-Class Cabriolet is also the cheapest. The E 220d is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel with 194PS, available with two- or four-wheel drive. If you're covering high miles, this is the engine to go for thanks to its official fuel economy of up to 50.4mpg depending on spec (47.1mpg for the 4Matic all-wheel drive).
Alternatively, the 400d is a lovely, six-cylinder 3.0-litre diesel with a handy 340PS - great for relaxed overtaking. Its official fuel economy figure of up to 42.2mpg isn't too painful for the performance on offer, either.
The petrol line-up ranges from the E 300 2.0-litre four-cylinder up to the the E 53 AMG. Mercedes-AMG has no plans to introduce an E 63 version of its E-Class Cabriolet, so an E 53 is the hottest you'll get. This combines a 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine with the firm's EQ Boost hybrid assist technology to produce 435PS and 520Nm of torque.
Listen closely and you can tell the sound of the six-cylinder engine is enhanced using the speakers, but it still sounds brilliant. Performance is predictably rapid, overtakes carried out without so much as a second thought.
It's definitely more of a boulevard cruiser than an out-and-out AMG, though. Up the pace on challenging roads and it soon starts to question your mentality. The steering isn't the issue - it's excellent, in fact - and there's lots of grip, while there's not the usual shimmy often found in soft-tops.
It's just a car that feels happier being driven at eight tenths rather than flat out. For most of us, that'll be fine. On the motorway it's a lovely, refined cruiser, and easy to forget that it's a cabriolet when the roof's up. A light throttle will even see early-30s mpg.
|AMG E 53||32 mpg||4.5 s||200 g/km|
|E 220 d Automatic||53 mpg||7.7 s||126 g/km|
|E 220 d Automatic 4Matic||52 mpg||7.9 s||146 g/km|
|E 300 Automatic||36–53 mpg||6.6–7.7 s||126–167 g/km|
|E 350 Automatic||40 mpg||6.1 s||163 g/km|
|E 350 d Automatic 4Matic||42 mpg||6.1 s||179 g/km|
|E 400 Automatic 4Matic||33 mpg||5.5 s||194 g/km|
|E 400 d 4Matic Automatic||46 mpg||5.2 s||162 g/km|
|E 450 4Matic Automatic||32 mpg||5.8 s||202 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2017)
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