Posted on January 19, 2018
Date of Release: October 2017
Number of Reviews 1
Mercedes-Benz has completed its E-Class family with the new E-Class Cabriolet. This open four-seater with a classic fabric soft-top combines puristic, sensuous design with high long-distance comfort for four occupants and the latest technology.
Attention to detail and luxurious materials are abundant throughout the new E-Class Cabriolet. We love the exterior styling, both when the soft-top roof is up or down, however, the interior of this beautiful car is truly world-class!
It might not sound the best when idling, but the rest of the meticulously crafted 2.0l turbo-diesel engine is just perfect. With 400Nm on tap, mated to a superb 9-speed autobox, the cabriolet can provide both excitement as well as a comfortable cruise.
The new E-Class Cabriolet is "next-level smart", both in terms of the safety technology (passive and active) as well as the tech available to the driver within the cabin. This is total peace-of-mind driving.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Possibly the most “sensible” car in the world. Sensible yes, stylish – mmm, not so much. We’ve never really liked the rear-end styling of the sedan. Thankfully, due to the launch of the new cabriolet derivative, now you can buy a truly “WOW” looking E-class – all round! A car that provokes all the senses, yet remains a relatively ‘sensible’ buy. If Jane Austen were alive today, this would be her dream car.
The new cabriolet line offers up 3 variants, starting off with our test car, the E 220 d and finishing with the range topping E 400 4MATIC. Base prices range from R919,500 to R1,134,500. Which is the best one to go for? Tough call – listening to exhaust note of that sweet twin-turbo V6 engine (E 400) with the roof down certainly produces a spine-tingling sensation, but other than that, one can’t really leverage that amazing engine for all it’s worth. It’s not that type of car, nor does it attract the type of buyer that wants to rush to the track and put their car through the paces. In addition, your fuel consumption is much higher. Whilst tempting, our final choice would have to be the 2-litre turbo-diesel, the E 220 d.
Unlike the previous generation, the 2017 E-Class Cabriolet is actually based on the same platform as the E-Class sedan, making the whole car bigger than before. And due to its exterior styling being surprisingly similar to the S-Class Cabriolet, one can be forgiven for confusing the two models at first glance. This poses a new and interesting conundrum for the discerning individual keen on buying a Mercedes Cabriolet: do you opt for the S-Class cab starting from R2,322,900 OR go for a highly spec’d E-class cab save yourself over R1 million?
A highly spec’d E-Class is exactly what we had. Exterior styling highlights include:
An important question for anyone buying a car like this: Does the E-Class cab turn heads? The answer: Yes and No. As Merc is one of the leading premium brands in SA, naturally, one sees a lot of their products on the roads. As a result, the cabriolet might not distract the public in a way that an exotic or limited edition car would. That said, once a person does fix their eyes on your car, they don’t move away. You can noticeably see people appreciating the cab’s design. Of course, it looks best with the roof down, but we also liked having the roof up with all the windows down. The absence of a B-pillar stands out.
That said, a true of stand-out of this car has to be the interior. Highlights (and there are many) include:
So far, we have a car that looks spectacular inside and out, which is what counts most with a car like this. But how does she ride? It’s fitted with a 2-litre turbo-diesel that the Stuttgart-based factory invested millions into. Smash the pedal to the floor and you’ll experience a tiny amount of turbo-lag before the car lurches forward thanks to the 400Nm of torque on offer. Using DYNAMIC SELECT, one can choose between the Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. The sporty modes didn’t do much for us other than making the 9G-TRONIC (yes, this comes with NINE gears) a bit more jerky. The car is definitely capable in all conditions, but we feel the best way to drive this car is with class. Select ‘Comfort’ mode and the superb autobox leverages the engine’s best characteristics. Combine that great drivetrain with the cab’s multi-chamber air suspension (the Cabriolet actually rides 15mm lower than its saloon counterpart) and what it produces is an incredibly refined ride. Our average fuel consumption came in at a very impressive 7.3l/100Km.
The E-Class is not only refined but cutting-edge smart. There’s so much we could go into including the ability to double-check your car is actually locked via your smartphone, but, not wanting to create an encyclopaedia long review, we are going to stick with what we think the cab’s best and worst smart features are:
Although we are reviewing a cabriolet, and a damn fine looking one at that (be sure to view the full gallery towards the top of the page), we’ve simplified our website navigation into the main car styles only, meaning that the E-Class Cabriolet will fall under our sedan lifestyle criteria. Let’s see how it does:
Within our car review introduction, we said the E-Class cabriolet had proven to be our favourite… And it is; not only is it our favourite E-Class (it’s better looking than its saloon counterpart and the soft-top roof is so good, there’s no need to go for the Coupe), in our opinion, and here comes the bomb drop, it’s our favourite Mercedes-Benz cabriolet! Yes, we realise that includes the baby C-Class Cabriolet and the ever-regal S-Class Cabriolet. We’re not saying that the E cab is better than the S cab, we’re just saying as a package, of which price is a factor, it just makes more sense... Take a step into the “good life” and test drive the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet today.
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