The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet could lie on its hospital bed.
Between the craze of electric vehicles and a new global fascination with SUVs, classic convertibles have fallen out of favor with buyers. At Mercedes-Benz, that means the next generation Grade and the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will probably turn into a new model, called CLE.
There is still some life in the current E-Class Cabriolet. With the bigger, the more expensive WORLD RANGE The convertible is gone, it’s now the flagship of Mercedes-Benz’s convertible line-up and now competes with…nothing, really. BMW does not make a 5 Lines convertible, and Audi’s largest convertible is A5.
Should you hurry up and buy an E-Class Cabriolet before it runs out?
With a list price of $147,153 before road costsThe E350 Cabriolet costs $14,000 more than the equivalent E-Class Coupe and $17,000 more than the equivalent four-door E-Class Sedan.
Our tester equipped the Vision Pack ($3400) and power-closing doors ($700), increasing the sticker to $151,253 before the cost of the road.
The opponent is thin on the ground. You will pay $126,400 before you hit the road for Audi S5 Cabrioletand BMW M440i xDrive convertible with a sticker of $141,900 before hitting the road. However, both are smaller than E.
With beige and black leather, a glossy white wood-paneled dashboard and two high-resolution screens in front of the driver, the E350 Cabriolet makes a strong impression from the first time.
There are more subtle alternatives, but you didn’t buy a convertible to blend into the background. With the roof raised, you can be fooled into thinking you’re sitting in a hardtop coupe up front.
The driver and passenger sit low, peer through the long bonnet, and have a small motor arm ready to take you to your seat belt. God forbid he ever had to reach over his shoulder.
Along with standard heating, cooling and a host of electronic adjustments we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes, the front seats feature AirScarf that sends warm air to the back of your neck when the roof is lowered.
The steering position is excellent, allowing long-legged riders to stretch their legs, and the chubby steering wheel is a quality item. It’s a shame that Mercedes-Benz insists on fitting its cars with what may be the most unwieldy wheel controls in a car.
Instead of proper buttons, it features touch-based sliders that make simple tasks more difficult.
The infotainment system offers a blend of old and new Mercedes-Benz technology. The monitors are running the latest MBUX software, which means they have slick animations and state-of-the-art graphics, but the controller on the transmission tunnel is the spinning disc from the older COMAND system.
After you dial in the mixture of swipes, button presses and dials needed to navigate the system, it’s simple enough – and Hey Mercedes Voice control works well – but rival systems upfront are more intuitive. The fact that you only get wired smartphone mirroring and Apple CarPlay sitting in a small window on the screen is disappointing.
Ignoring leading in E is simple enough; you just lift a small switch in front of the center tank under 60km/h and the soft top will quietly do its job.
After it crashed, the cabin was a surprisingly silent space. Another button next to the roof opening switch lifts the spoiler, using a spoiler on the windshield and a mesh behind the rear seats to reduce vibration.
It was inevitable that the roof had been lowered, but Mercedes-Benz did a good job of blocking the worst of the wind outside the cabin.
Rear-seat space isn’t really what cars like this are all about, but the E-Class has that rear space to take friends along on a seaside cruise.
We take fully grown adults back there on short trips, with plenty of legroom and enough headroom under the full canopy, but you won’t want to stay there too long.
The entrance is a bit tight through the long doors, even with the front seats sliding forward as much as they can, so gracefully getting in or out can be a bit difficult.
As for boot space? It is badly damaged by the soft folding upper part.
There is a statement 385 liters, but the loadspace itself has a narrow window once you’re past the first opening. However, it will devour a set of golf clubs thanks to the wide aperture at the rear.
No spare wheel, just a goo box to patch holes if you get stuck.
The power in the E350 Cabriolet comes from a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine do 220kW and 400Nm. It’s rear-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The engine is powered by a 48V mild-hybrid system designed to deliver smoother starts/stops and provide extra thrust when you hit the gas.
The 100 km/h sprint has been declared 6.1 secondsand obviously you will 210km/h. Fuel economy statement 7.8 liters/100km, and premium unleaded 98 RON gasoline car. Fuel tank measures 66 liters.
We saw 10.9 liters per 100 km in a week that was heavily skewed towards city driving.
Want a sports convertible from Mercedes-Benz? Buy one Mercedes-AMG SL.
This is a laid-back cruiser designed to stylishly soak up the sun, not an all-out weapon to destroy coastal roads. As long as you’re comfortable with that, the E-Class is a pretty fun thing to drive.
Usually reserved only for large family SUVs or off-road vehicles, the E-Class Cabriolet features a subcutaneous air suspension as standard in Australia. For a car with 20-inch wheels, it filters out small urban bumps very well, although you can actually feel its weight in larger bumps.
You won’t notice a wobbly windshield, but there are times when the bodywork doesn’t feel as solid as the coupe or sedan. In fact, that’s not what worries most owners, nor is it unique to the E-Class convertible.
Power in the E350 comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder that feels just right, but never more than that. On light throttle, it’s smooth and quiet, but put your foot down and it doesn’t have the comfortable, linear feel you’d expect in a large Mercedes-Benz.
The nine-speed automatic transmission intelligently shuffles through the ratios as you’re on the move, and smart enough to follow the gears almost completely to the red line when you hit the gas.
The engine has a definite bark at maximum noise, though anyone looking to enjoy a more expensive sounding track will need to consider the six-cylinder AMG E53.
As is the case with many modern Mercedes-Benz models, the brake pedal in the E-Class can feel a bit responsive and difficult to adjust at low speeds.
The pedals are soft and difficult to adjust because the 48V mild hybrid system collects energy. More weight and more reasonable increased brake pressure would be welcome.
There are no such problems with the steering, which is well balanced in the default Comfort driving mode. Here 4841mm . long Cruisers are easy to place in the city, and the array of cameras on hand means there’s no reason to scrape the wheel.
Mercedes-Benz has some of the best driver assistance in the business.
Adaptive cruise control does a great job at maintaining distance from the vehicle in front, lane-keeping assist subtly intervenes when you stray toward the white line, and the lane-change function does. the move to the next lane when you indicate .
Driving is very comfortable at 100km/h and the insulation on the soft top is really impressive. There’s barely a hint of wind blowing through the window gaskets, and the rumble of the tires is retained on Australia’s more nasty native asphalt – a problem in many European cars.
Instead of feeling like a weekend car you need to take on long road trips, the E-Class Cabriolet is the perfect car with just a folding softtop. Just make sure you pack lightly…
Highlights of E200 Coupé:
- Exterior styling AMG Line
- 19-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch MBUX infotainment system
- Satellite positioning
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Parktronic Active Park Assist
- Surround view camera
- Mercedes me Connect app integration
- Wireless smartphone charger
- 64 colors ambient light
- Electric front seats with 3-position memory
- Front heated seats
- leather cover
- Rear privacy glass
- Agility Control suspension with passive selective damping
- Keyless entry/start
- Hands-free boot access
- LED headlights with Adaptive High Beam Assist
- LED tail lights
- 360 degree camera
E350 Coupe and Cabriolet add:
- 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels
- Air Body Control Air Suspension System
- Multi-beam LED headlights
- Metallic Paint
This convertible also features a Mercedes-Benz AirScarf that blows hot air at the back of your neck and has a pop-up air diffuser on the windshield to calm things down in the cabin at high speeds when the roof is lowered.
The W213-generation E-Class Sedan has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, based on testing conducted by Euro NCAP in 2016 – although the E350 Sedan is not currently rated. The Coupe and Cabriolet versions are also not rated.
The E-Class Sedan scores 95% for adult passenger protection, 90% for child passengers, 77% for pedestrian detection and 62% for safety assist.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Lane change assist
- Blind spot support
- Rear cross-section support
- Evasive Driving Assist
The E-Class has nine airbags as standard, along with an active washer that activates when the vehicle detects a rollover.
The E-Class product line is supported by a 5 year unlimited km . warranty.
Maintenance is required every 25,000 km or 12 months, whichever comes first.
The three-year service plan will keep you coming back $2800four years cost $3750and the cost of five years $5600.
The E-Class Cabriolet may be a niche competitor in 2022, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a lovely cruiser.
Like most convertibles, it has some compromises. It feels heavy, the trunk is small and expensive compared to the sedan, but it really isn’t a sensible option.
With sunlight streaming into a white leather interior, your partner smiling in the passenger seat and music blaring from a Burmester stereo, there aren’t many cars that make you feel like the E-Class Cabriolet has. can do.
However, if you are buying a large convertible for comfort, we recommend the AMG E53. A little extra punch and a more emotional discharge add another layer of fun to the E350.
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