After the market launch of the E-Class Sedan in early 2016, which was followed by the Station Wagon and All Terrain Wagon and the E-Coupé earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz just completed the new E-Class family with an all new Cabriolet. On Friday and Saturday, we had the immense pleasure of testing the vehicle thoroughly on Swiss, Italian and French roads near the Mont Blanc.

Compared to its predecessor, the car has been increased immensely. In total, the new E-Cabriolet is 12.3 cm longer and 7.4 cm wider. The passengers can benefit from an increased long-distance comfort, thanks to a more spacious interior (especially in the rear) and a longer wheelbase (11.3 cm). The driving experience improved further with a variety of optional equipment like i.e. the Cabriolet Comfort package which included AIRCAP and AIRSCARF for the front row. The first reduces interior turbulences for both front and rear passengers. The latter aids the THERMOTRONIC in keeping the cabin at optimum temperature, even when temperatures outside begin to drop. At its market launch, two diesels and three petrol variants will be available for the E-Class Cabriolet. The E 200, E 300, and E220 d are RWD only while the two V6 models, that are the E 400 and the E 350 d, come with 4Matic all-wheel drive. This makes it the first generation of E-Cabriolets to feature a four-wheel drive (Unlike i.e. the previous E 400 Convertible which we drove back in December 2016). The two test vehicles on our trip both featured the turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

About our test vehicles:

No. 1

Model:     E 400 4Matic Cabriolet

Exterior:     AMG Line in Designo diamond white bright

Interior:     AMG Line Nappa leather deep white/black

Engine:     3 Liter V6 producing 333 hp and 480 Nm

No. 2

Model:     E 400 4Matic Cabriolet “25th Anniversary Edition”

Exterior:     AVANTGARDE rubellite red metallic

Interior:     AVANTGARDE designo Nappa leather macchiato beige/titian red

Engine:     3 Liter V6 producing 333 hp and 480 Nm

Driving Performance

The open four-seater is superbly balanced and makes for highly dynamic driving. Its lower suspension (15mm lower than that of the Saloon when combined with AGILITY CONTROL) and large wheels (up to 20 inch) stimulate the vehicle’s sporty character. Thanks to the splendid combination of 4Matic all-wheel drive and 9-speed automatic transmission the car is quick in reaction and handles steep hairpin roads masterfully. The maximum output of 333 hp (5200-6000 rpm) and 480 Nm (1600-4000 rmp) makes the E 400 a highly-qualified candidate for any serpentine adventure. Compared to the E 43 (only available as Saloon & Station Wagon), the E 400’s engine sound is less obtrusive which helps to establish calmness in a way that driving up and down a mountain becomes enjoyable instead of hectic. On the other hand, this takes away some of the excitement you get from the 43’s crackles. An AMG version of the E-Cabriolet has not been confirmed. However, Mercedes stated, that more engine variants will follow in the near future to complete the engine palette.

Conclusion

The E-Class Cabriolet greatly benefits from its wide selection of optional equipment, be it driving assistants, from the DRIVE PILOT package or acclimatization features like the THERMOTRONIC air conditioner and AIRSCARF neck-heating. For the most part, these components work very synergetic and really add to the driving experience. The overall performance too is very satisfying and as long as you stay on solid surfaces, the car works like a charm. One of the key ingredients to this is, of course, the 4Matic all-wheel drive which relentlessly delivers power to the wheels to keep the vehicle on track. All in all, driving the E-Class Cabriolet thrilling, imposing, and anything but ordinary.


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