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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The independent Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet video review

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    CLASSY CABRIO (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    In its latest form, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has an exotic feel, thinks Jonathan Crouch

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 55

    Mercedes' improved E-Class Cabriolet brings an extra touch of class to the executive drop-top sector, a very cultured convertible that still sets the highest standards for comfort and refinement in its segment. With impressive built quality, slippery aerodynamics and high-tech engines, it's a tempting package for those wanting a drop-top to use all year round.

    Backgroundword count: 140

    On paper, a Mercedes might directly compete against products of other premium brands. Traditionally in the metal though, the aim has always been for the Three-Pointed Star to feel a class above. It isn't always the case, but one good example that springs to mind is this car, the Stuttgart brand's E-Class Cabriolet. It's primarily based on the striking Coupe variant and shares much the same engineering and drive characteristics. On paper, it's a direct rival for more expensive versions of drop-top BMW 4 Series or Audi A5 models. But live with one and the feeling you get is more of something that's an acceptable halfway house between cars like these and the kind of Bentley you'd really rather have. With this time round, the appeal is strengthened by sharper looks, a most sophisticated cabin and extra mild hybrid tech.

    Driving Experienceword count: 302

    Mercedes says that with this generation E-Class Cabriolet, it's worked hard to inject what it calls a little more 'luxurious, sporty character' into the car. Hence the current E-Class platform's wide track and slightly lowered suspension - and the car's standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system. All of which has certainly made a difference, but not enough of one to essentially alter the character of this car; it's still more of a boulevard cruiser than a B-road blaster. Which is exactly as it should be. At speed through tight turns, there's still more body lean than you'd find with some premium rivals and the steering still isn't very talkative when it comes to communicating much about what the wheels beneath you are doing. Push through that though and you'll find surprisingly high levels of grip, traction and balance and through fast, flowing corners, this car has as fine a chassis balance as you could wish for. As you'd expect, this E-Class Cabriolet shares its engineware with the E-Class saloon, which means now more extensive use of the brand's mild hybrid 48V electrified technology. This features an Integrated Starter Generator, which uses an electric alternator fitted directly to the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This tech now features on the top version of the brand's 2.0-litre diesel unit (in the E 400d) and in the in-line six cylinder petrol engine of a fresh variant, the E 450. Either way, this mild hybrid set-up offers an electric boost of up to 20bhp in certain situations. Across the range, the engine line-up offers two diesels and three petrol units at launch, varying between 2.0 and 3.0 litres in capacity and producing between 192bhp and 362bhp. There's also a top Mercedes-AMG E 53 variant which uses a 429bhp twin turbocharged 3.0-litre six cylinder petrol engine with 4MATIC 4WD.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    7.7

    Boot capacity min (litres):

    310

    385

    Combined mpg:

    50.4

    CO2 (g/km):

    139

    204

    Height (mm):

    1429

    Insurance group 1-50:

    40

    42

    ... and 4 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Convertibles

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    60%
    Comfort
    90%
    Space
    60%
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