Feeling the Wind in Your Hair
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 19 April 2017
As the weather takes a turn for the better, the idea of that top down, wind in your hair driving experience is oh so more attractive. We take a look at one choice, the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.
Mercedes has completed its C-Class model line-up with this attractive fabric drop-top version, recognised as one of the best convertible cars. There's 4MATIC 4WD for the first time in a Cabriolet Mercedes of this kind and this time round, two different sporting Mercedes-AMG versions.
Six engines are available for this Cabriolet model, starting with a 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit in the C200 variant. The C300 variant uses the same powerplant but ups the tune to 245bhp. Next up is the 367bhp Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC. At the top of the range, the potent Mercedes-AMG C63 uses a 4.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, putting out either 476bhp - or 510bhp in top 'S' guise. And there are diesel options too.
The suspension on the Cabriolet is 15 millimetres lower in comparison with the C-Class Saloon and this set-up can be ordered in former 'Sports' guise paired with the Sports Direct-Steer system for more agile handling. AIRMATIC air suspension is another option and if you go for this, you get as standard the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system that's option with steel-sprung variants.
The fully automatic fabric soft top can be opened and closed using a matt chrome curved switch on the centre console. The process takes less than 20seconds up to a speed of 31mph. After opening, it folds down quietly and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot.
Inside, the high-grade materials and build quality are everything you would expect from a Mercedes cabriolet. The sport seats use heat-reflecting leather and feature muscular side bolsters and organically integrated head restraints as well as optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating. Automatic belt extenders as standard help the occupants with buckling up.
Yes, you could get yourself an Audi A5 Cabriolet or a BMW 4 Series Convertible for a little less than you'd pay for one of these, but neither of those cars have quite the street cred that attaches itself to this C-Class. This is, in short, a very complete product.