Dip the lid
madly stylish. For the first time in relevant history the E-Class coupe starts under $80,000 and the cabrio for less than $90K.
Here in August, two months after the new E sedan and wagon, all two-door variants now represent better value. And look cooler. hand, want for little. It is only the 10 grand extra on top of the coupe’s $79,900 sticker for the cabrio that seems a little rich.
Both entrants, hard and soft top, run the wholly adequate 2.0-litre turbo petrol four, ride on 18-inch alloys and come standard with Comand multimedia system with reversing camera, blind-spot indicator and leather trim. It’s the whole package, one likely to draw first-timers to this lush part of the Benz catalogue.
Indeed this duo is priced in such a way as to have buyers leap over from the C-Class or not bother waiting forBMW’s coming 4 Series.
Those returning to these pastures will gravitate to the E250, which in petrol form is $96,400 and $106,400. Only the 250 coupe comes also as a diesel ($98,900). No one wanted that scent and sound mingling with open air motoring, so the diesel cabrio goes. All 250s get 19-inch artwork for wheels, Drive Assist active safety package and LED lighting. At a price slightly down on the cars they replace, the added value is reckoned to be some $15,000
No more V8. No need. The bi-turbo V6 of the E400 runs all of 0.1 second slower to 100km/h, much leaner and some $50,000 cheaper at $128,900 for the coupe and a cheeky $142,900 in the cabrio. Standard is digital radio (hard to do without when you’ve become as accustomed to it as on-demand cable TV), 360-degree camera and, in the coupe, full-length sun roof. So do you really need to drop the extra on the drop-top?
Various option packages can be had, though rightfully only the top model should be seen sportingAMGkit— a $7100 ask that brings enhanced dynamics to match the visual bling. The cabrio’s key addition remains Airscarf, which with the top down blows warm air around your neck.
Even in its mildest E200 form the turbo four is mighty impressive. In full-fat 155kW/ 350Nm tune it consigns naturally breathing V6s to the dustbin. Only at 110 miles per