The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is the replacement for the CLK Cabriolet. Although Mercedes Benz built the first of the modern hardtop convertibles this one has a fabric roof. The reason for this is far from cutting corners; it takes up much less space thus providing more interior and luggage space. The soft top also drops in just 20 seconds at speeds of up to 25mph. It’s a bigger car than the CLK and comes in a host of power choices including diesels – a first for a convertible Mercedes.
The E-Class has class leading levels of ride and comfort. The steering is weighty and confidence inspiring. It is sure footed at high speeds but a little less competent on windy roads. The air flow around the car is carefully designed to keep the inhabitants calm and unflustered even at high speeds. It comes bristling with the latest technology and puts competitors to shame with its level of standard equipment.
The Mercedes E-Class 250 Cabriolet is powered by the same engine as the 200 only with higher pressure turbo charger which results in boost in power without any cost to fuel economy. On the road there is a noticeable difference that many drivers will prefer.
Mercedes have made huge improvements in engine efficiency allowing powerful cars such as this to become surprisingly economical. Emissions have been cut down too but with no loss in power. The Mercedes E-Class 350 Cabriolet is both fast and smooth while being more economical than the big V8 in the 550. It offers strong performance as well and drives with a feeling of composed quality.
The Mercedes E400 Cabriolet replaces the V8 powered E500 in Europe with a more efficient twin turbo V6 engine. Although it misses out on the traditional V8 growl it is suitably smooth and has plenty of power. The fuel consumption and emissions are excellent for the levels of performance available and while it can't quite compete with the diesel options it is more refined. The E400 Cabriolet offers the type of stylish effortless transport that Mercedes do best. While it is hugely capable it is less sporting to drive than the SL.
The range topping Mercedes E-Class 550 Cabriolet (sold as the E-Class 500 Cabriolet in some regions) has all the smoothly delivered power you would expect from a Mercedes V8. It sounds fantastic and works beautifully paired with the 7 speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy and emissions are deeply impressive for such a large and powerful engine but it is clearly more thirsty than the 350's V6.
The Mercedes E-Class 220 CDI Cabriolet does a great job of adding great fuel economy to the mix while suppressing the usual diesel engine noises. Performance is sprightly but not as quick as others in the range.
The Mercedes E-Class 350 CDI Cabriolet benefits from a torquey twin turbo V6 diesel engine that gives both very smooth power delivery and excellent performance. fuel economy is impressive and it runs quietly even at high speeds. It is the smart choice in the range and feels every inch a proper Mercedes.