Car review MercedesBenz EClass E500 Cabriolet Sport road test…

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Mercedes that the average buyer of the new cabriolet will have a profile similar to the old CLK; over 50, enjoys golfing, Weil watches and Spanish trips.

Not all true in every obviously, but you understand the pitch; big Merc convertibles are not generally the of young bleeding-edge hipsters. Too too late-life crisis. Which is a because this new E-Class is For a start, it looks neat, off a mix’n’match modular platform that means the E-Cab is an E-Class Coupe. which is a selection of bits and bobs cut and from new E- and C-Class proper. not overly sure about the of rhomboids at the front, but there’s a blocky feel to the exterior that makes you think of engineering and geological longevity. Not but a bit of a grower.

The canvas roof good up, and better down. You can it at any speed up to about 25mph via a under a pad on the centre armrest, and it in 20 seconds. Up, it does a pleasingly impression of the coupe (even blindspots), and down it disappears into the boot, munching all the bootspace. But the slick lines the roof has folded accentuate the bits of the E’s neat — especially the curved over the rear wheelarch.

The range of engines will be and useful once we get the full set in the UK. For the time you’ll be able to one of three diesels in a Merc a 170bhp E220CDI, a 204bhp and a 231bhp E350CDI, all equipped Merc’s nice-to-the-environment BlueEfficiency The big news with these is that they hit pleasing in terms of economy (53.3/52.3/41.5mpg but still manage decent figures and CO2 outputs. The two smaller diesels, for instance, still to clip to 62mph in 8.8 and 7.8 seconds, the bigger, more brawny V6 in the CDI drops that to a rapid 6.9 to 62mph. You can put that down to ft and a respectable-for-class 1,845kg kerbweight. The engines are very confusing for the because the numbers and badges are similar. There are another of fours at the bottom: an E200 CGI 184bhp that gets to in 8.6 seconds, and the 204bhp E250 CGI hits 62mph in 7.8. there’s the E350 CGI V6 with that gets to 62mph in 6.8 seconds, barely shading its V6 counterpart. Broadly, there’s not a bad in the range, though the base of the four-cylinder cars do start to if you get particularly demanding on hilly

The diesels are all also easily enough to be mistaken for petrol-power, and don’t intrude on the driving No brainer for the higher-mpg modern then? Pretty much, even though the petrol do remarkably well in terms of you still get more mpg out of the diesel, for the performance. Put it this way, the CGI gets nearly 33mpg, the E350 CDI getting 41 and a bit. notice that at the pumps, but you notice the 0.1 second difference in 0-62mph times. Still, the do sound marginally better revved, and really aren’t devastating economy-wise if you do moderate

The best compromises here are either of the V6 motors with the seven-speed auto. Plenty grunt than you’ll but enough motivation to handle a car as big as the E. that, either E250 do sterling service if performance a priority — and with big convertibles, lateral G strong to make your brain around in your head isn’t high on the list.

Oh and there’s one other little that’s worth a mention; the non-BlueEfficiency, non-PC, old-school and a bit E500 V8 petrol. 5.5-litres of goodness with 388bhp, ft, 0-62mph in just over and a lovely grand, gargling Think of it as an AMG with ride and you’re about there. inappropriate burnouts, turns a bit Dallas. Quite Miami drug dealer but if money no object, you’d be tempted. it’s worth mentioning if you drive like a loon, you get rather than the Mercedes 25.9mpg on the combined cycle. actually live in Miami if you the 500.


The newest E-variant also and rides with the kind of you want from a large convertible. Not the last word in but supple and absorbent, chasing rather than Nürburgring And it’s the better for it. The ‘Sport’ is entirely unnecessary, bringing it the kind of niggly secondary characteristics you expect from a BMW or Better to glide in a stately which the E-Cab does well indeed.

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There are some neat in there too. There’s the Mercedes AIRSCARF system exhales warm air onto the of your neck via the front headrests, buttock-toasting heated and a new system called an ‘AIRCAP’ stop that simultaneously a small spoiler out of the windscreen rail and raises a net between the seat headrests. The idea is the AIRCAP essentially balloons the aerodynamic profile up and over the seats, leaving all four passengers cosseted in a bubble of

A good idea, and it works at motorway speeds, but it looks awful, is noisy at lower and has a horrible habit of catching single bug and leaf that caught up in the car’s airflow. it’s a nice and useful if you really mean to carry on a regular basis.

That’s all a bit though. The Mercedes E cabriolet a kind of confidence that’s to fault. It looks good, good, drives well, but to compete with the go-faster in the rest of the sector. It’s a The only slight fly in the ointment is the that it gets expensive the tastier engines. But for once, you can see the money’s been spent.

On your drive for . £1,157pcm

. 0-62mph in 5.3secs, max speed 25.7mpg

Tech . 5461cc, V8, 388bhp, 390lb ft, 1840kg, CO2

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