Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet (2010-2017)
"The Mercedes E-Class cabriolet is stylish and comfortable whether the roof is up or down"
- Easy and comfortable to drive
- Quiet open-top driving
- Stylish looks
- Drab dashboard
- No folding metal roof
- V6 engine expensive to run
The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is a stylish and comfortable convertible for those looking waft around in luxury. Putting the roof down doesn’t spoil the experience either, as it’s one of the few four-seater drop-tops that’s just as comfortable to be in with the roof down as it is to have it up. You can thank Mercedes’ innovative Aircap for that; it’s a cleverly designed wind deflector that keeps draughts at bay in the cabin, rising automatically at speeds above 25mph.
Like most Mercedes models, the E-Class Cabriolet’s main rivals are from the other German brands Audi and BMW. The Audi A5 and the BMW 4 Series Convertible are the E-Class’s closest rivals in terms of size and performance.
With the E-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes bucked the growing trend for folding hardtops and instead used a more traditional fabric roof. That has some advantages, not least that the boot offers more storage space when the roof is lowered. The roof fabric can also be finished in a number of colours too, including navy blue and black. If you’re more inclined to want a metal folding roof, the Infiniti Q60 is worth considering; it’s more unusual but is a similar size to the E-Class.
Only one trim is available – AMG Line – but it can be specified with a range of packages and the optional equipment list is as long as your arm, so you still have a good chance of creating a unique version if that’s important to you.
The interior isn’t quite as flash as you’d expect, as the dashboard from newer Mercedes models like the C-Class and S-Class saloon hasn’t been transferred over yet, but the cabin is well built and space is good.
The range of engines range from the economical diesel, capable of more than 55mpg, to the fast V6 petrol, which manages to launch the Cabriolet from 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds. The diesels are your best bet and our choice would be the E350 BlueTEC as it performs well enough to still be fun but isn’t excessively expensive to run.