The Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet definitely rises the “hey good looking” quotient, and like it’s almost twin brother, the E-Class sedan and the coupe, it’s spacious and filled with tech. It could just be the right cabriolet that fits into your life.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet Review
But let’s get one thing straight here. There’s something about driving with the wind blowing past your head, the smell of nature and the heat and humidity in a place like Dubai making the drive clammy. But, there’s always a but here, a convertible is still considered cool. If we were to rate coolness it would sedan – coupe – convertible; in ascending order.
So having said that, let’s get back to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet. Unlike the previous generation’s cabriolet, which was actually based on the then C-Class, the all new E-Class cabriolet is fortunately based on the present E-Class sedan and is thus longer and wider than before. So much so that, at least in-terms of interior space, it isn’t far off from the rather formidable and uber luxurious S-Class cabriolet. The cabriolet is 5 inches longer and 2.9 inches wider than its predecessor and this increase in width and length makes for more interior room. Passengers sitting in the rear benefits an extra 74mm of legroom from the previous model.
The roof is made of fabric and sadly does not use the metal roof of the SL. The technical know-how and form is heavily borrowed from the equally stunning S-Class cabriolet. The roof can be deployed in 20 seconds and at speeds up-to 50kmph though we feel that most of the opening and closing of the roof would be done while stationary. The new cabriolet has some tricks up its sleeve while being enjoyed with the roof down. “Aircap” can be raised which basically deflects wind to reduce buffeting, though on the downside the silhouette of the car does suffer from an elegant form in a ballroom dress to one that is wearing a baseball cap, it just feels like an afterthought.
Our tester, however, was the 25th Anniversary Edition and it came with Designo Nappa leather, open pore light brown elm wood trim wrapped around a gorgeous rubellite red metallic coachwork.
Power comes from a 2.0L, 4 cylinder turbocharged platform which produces 245Hp and 370Nm of torque which is good enough to power the Merc to 100kmph in 6.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250kmph. But what’s the cost to enter this lifestyle? Price starts at AED 275, 250 and goes up to AED 328,465 for the “25th Anniversary Edition”. Coil-over suspension system is borrowed from that of any other E300’s and even the E200’s including 5 driving modes. We tested the cabriolet primarily on the “Comfort” mode and kept the ride nice and supple with the 9G transmission always finding the right ratio in keeping the car and its passengers relaxed.
This is how it’s meant to be driven, coasting along the outskirts of town or around new Dubai. It also comes in handy in winter when the weather is perfect though this pleasure only lasts for three months, sometimes even less. There’s a time when one should enjoy the simple pleasures of life, in this case it costs AED 328,465 but that’s not the point. The E-Class cabriolet is best appreciated with those who prefer the outdoors, those who does not want to sacrifice any creature comforts, those who prefer elegance and poise and in that note, the E-Class cabriolet is heard to beat.
Price and Specs: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet Review
|2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet|
|Displacement||1,991cc, inline 4, turbocharged|
|Rated Output||245 Hp|
|Rated Torque||370 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.6 seconds claimed|
|Fuel Consumption||7.2L/100KMS Combined claimed|
|Price (AED)||Starts from AED 275,250|
|As tested 328,465|