Sun E delight
ONVERTIBLES are a frippery, for the vain, impractical and melanomically ignorant, right? Not this EClass Cabriolet. It’s as keen as a Love Island bimbo to get its elegantly shaped fabric top o, taking only 20 seconds, but concealed beyond the sleek looks and fast disappearing, snugly itting multi-layer hood is a useful, if pricey, car.
This new model is notably longer, by 123mm, and wider, by 74mm, than the previous one, meaning it has space for real life-sized people in the back (two, not three). They won’t be bueted by the wind thanks to a large functional-looking lyscreen that whirrs from the boot, which at 385 litres oers more luggage space than most family hatchbacks. It rides 15mm lower than the EClass saloon.
It drives sensibly. The 2.0-litre 190bhp diesel version is remarkably quiet and rattle free, even when sampled while open to the elements. There’s also a 255bhp E350 diesel and a 242bhp E300 petrol, but we went in search of devilry in the shape of 326bhp 400 4Matic 3.0-litre biturbo V6 petrol.
Along with the E300, it’s the irst EClass Cabrio available with all-wheel drive. That addition seems far from necessary, but works well, as it does throughout the rest of the now fully refreshed EClass line-up.
On the road it oers perfectly respectable, fast-ish, revvy performance with a tidily pruned exhaust note. Its nine-speed gearbox is autoonly, even in Sport Plus mode. That powertrain is allied to solid, unspectacular handling in what feels like a heavy yet sti car, beautifully built, that perfectly marries a sunny disposition with stern work ethic.
Choice of four engines, and rear- or all-wheel drive, but all have the same two-door body