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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
What is it like on the road?
The big-seller is going to be the 191bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is fine by us because it really is a testament to the billions of Euros Mercedes spent developing it. The four-cylinder, which like all of the E-Class’s engines is paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, is as smooth, quiet and refined a relatively small diesel engine as you’ll find anywhere.
And it really suits the Cabriolet’s relaxed demeanor – you needn’t drive this thing especially quickly to enjoy it. In fact, it’s best enjoyed driven fairly sedately, with the powertrain left in Comfort and the roof down. This is not a car that falls apart when you start driving it a bit quicker. Despite the inevitable weight gain, it loses little to the Coupe dynamically, though there is the occasional bit of judder through the steering column that signals it’s less rigid than the hard-top.
More power is on offer, should you want it. We haven’t driven the V6 diesel or 2.0-litre petrol options, but we did get a chance to drive the 328bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol, which comes with 4Matic all-wheel drive. It’s the same engine that’s fitted to the lesser ‘43’ AMG Mercs, albeit recalibrated to deliver its power less aggressively. It’s a jolly nice engine, and adds a bit more effortlessness and refinement to the way the E Cabriolet accelerates, but it comes at a cost – both initial and when you come to fill it with fuel (34mpg plays nearly 66mpg for the 220d).
Both of the cars we drove were equipped with the optional Air Body Control air suspension, which costs almost £1,500 (and is standard on V6 cars). It gives the E a plush, expensive-feeling quality to the way it rides bumps, although it still doesn’t like smaller, sharper imperfections in the road surface.