Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • Dynamic drive mode selector
  • Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with SD card, touchpad and voice control
  • Instrument cluster with 5.5-inch TFT multi-function display
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Speed sensitive steering

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports
  • Audio 20 radio/CD with 7" colour display with multi touch keypad
  • DAB digital radio module
  • Frontbass loudspeakers
  • Media interface
  • Steering column mounted multifunction controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
  • Auto dimming driver's door mirror
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Door sill plates with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric windows one touch open/close
  • Green tinted glass
  • Heated windscreen washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Radiator grille with integral star
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Side windows surround in polished aluminium
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Wind deflector

Interior Features

  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • 3 spoke flat bottom multi-function leather AMG steering wheel
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seats
  • Advanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior light
  • AMG floormats
  • Auto dual-zone climate control system
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Door courtesy lamps
  • Electric front seats
  • Electric height adjustable front seats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Gear lever and gear lever gaiter in nappa leather
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated front/rear door handle recesses
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • LED reading lights
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Sports seats with integrated headrests
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Packs

  • Memory pack - C Class
  • Storage pack - C Class

Safety

  • 2 rear seatbelts
  • ABS + BAS
  • Active bonnet
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Drivers pelvis airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill hold control
  • Hill start assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Remote central locking

Wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

Emissions

CO

0.388

CO2 (g/km)

139

HC

0.037

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

71

NOx

0.049

Particles

0.0002

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1991

Compression Ratio

9.8:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

83

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

92

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

46.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

53.3

EC Urban (mpg)

37.2

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

184

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

AMG Line

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

36E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

30

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Mileage

15500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.2

Engine Power - BHP

184

Engine Power - KW

135

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

1200

Top Speed

146

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1409

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4686

Wheelbase

2840

Width

1810

Width (including mirrors)

2016

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

66

Gross Vehicle Weight

2125

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

285

Max. Loading Weight

480

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1600

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1645

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.2

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

I said at the beginning that you might not necessarily need a lottery win to own one of these but the important thing is that at the wheel - or on your driveway - this C-Class Cabriolet will make you feel as if your numbers have come up. Use it day-in and day-out and we think you'd start to wonder whether it would be really worth paying twice as much for a more exalted Mercedes drop-top, even if you had the funds to do so. 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.

Background

Think of a Mercedes cabriolet and you tend to think in terms of needing a lottery win. You'll be picturing cars like the SL roadster or maybe the smaller SLC. If luxury is more your thing, then perhaps the models you have in mind are Cabriolet versions of the brand's E-Class and S-Class models. All are expensive. Slightly more accessible though, is the car we look at here, the C-Class Cabriolet. It's based on the C-Class Coupe and gets significant upgrades in the revised guise were going to examine here.

Driving Experience

On the road, this C-Class Cabriolet comes with a multi-layered fabric roof that can activate in less than 20s at speeds of up to around 30mph. Once the hood is unclipped and on its way backwards, what Mercedes calls an 'AIRCAP' draught stop system springs up on the windscreen header rail. At the same time, a wind deflector can glide up behind the rear seats and together, these two elements are very effective in limiting cabin buffeting at speed. That roof mechanism leaves this model is 125kgs heavier than the C-Class Coupe model it's based upon, extra bulk you really feel when you're pushing on around twisting secondary roads. On the plus side though, this Cabriolet is stable and very well balanced, aided by a standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system that not only tweaks the throttle and steering but also alters responses from the standard 'AGILITY CONTROL' adaptive suspension. Uniquely in this class, there's the option of upgrading the damping into a hi-tech air-suspended 'AIRMATIC' set-up. On top of that, mainstream variants get a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic gearbox that's more sophisticated than anything the opposition can offer. With this revised model, the most important news is the introduction of fresh mainstream petrol and diesel engines beneath the bonnet. The range kicks off with the new 1.5-litre petrol unit with 184hp fitted to the base C200, a model available either rear-driven or with 4MATIC AWD. This powerplant features clever 'EQ Boost' technology which uses a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. Mercedes has also developed a 2.0-litre version of this petrol engine. As mentioned, there's a new four cylinder diesel too, the previous 2.1-litre unit now replaced by a state-of-the-art 2.0-litre powerplant with 194hp. At the top of the range lie the fearsome Mercedes-AMG models, offered with V6 or V8 power. The V6-engined C43 4MATIC now puts out 390hp, 23hp more than before. That's enough to take a C43 Coupe from rest to 62mph in just 4.7s. Beyond that lies only the V8 C63 AMG model, with a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine offering either 476 or 510hp.

Design and Build

With its top up, the profile of this two-door cabriolet resembles that of the C-Class Coupe, with virtually identical basic dimensions. The styling of this revised model isn't much different, a revised front bumper slotting under the smart diamond radiator grille which is flanked by standard-fit LED High Performance headlights. As before, a high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors aim to underscore the sporty character. The fully automatic fabric soft top can be opened and closed using a matt chrome curved switch on the centre console. After opening, it folds down quietly and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot. Inside, the cabin now gets the option of the fully-digital instrument display, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the conventional dials using technology borrowed from larger Mercedes models. You can customise the layout between three display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Progressive'. As before, flowing forms characterise the centre console as well as the door and rear side panelling, which smoothly merge into one another to emphasise the coupe character. The front sports seats feature automatic belt feeders for added convenience. The choice of materials and the finish have a hand-crafted feel with high-class appeal and aim to deliver a fresh take on modern luxury. The 50:50 split rear seats can be completely folded down. This extends boot capacity which is 360-litres - or 285-litres with the roof open.

Market and Model

Think in terms of needing around at least around £38,000 for your C-Class Cabriolet, once you've allowed for a few well-chosen extras. That's just a starting point of course. Most models will be sold in the £40,000 to £50,000 bracket. Below the top 'Mercedes-AMG' models, there are two main trim levels - 'Sport' and 'AMG Line'. Both derivatives are well equipped. We particularly like the sensitive climate control system that adapts itself whether the car is being driven with the roof up or the roof down. A key option you really have to have on this car is the 'Cabriolet Comfort package'. This gives you two key features; the electric AIRCAP draught stop system that reduces the interior turbulence for rear passengers at the press of a button. And the AIRSCARF neck-level heating set-up for the driver and front passenger. Alternatively, there's also the option of a retrofitted manual folding draught stop behind the front seats. This noticeably stops draughts in the front seats. This revised model features the option of Mercedes' latest 'level 2' autonomous driving technology, with improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to 500m ahead. You'll need the optional 'Driving Assistance Package' for that, which features the brand's 'Active Distance Control DISTRONIC' active cruise control system which can draw on navigational data to predictively adjust your speed.

Cost of Ownership

The new 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the base C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit. As for the new 2.0-litre diesel engine fitted to the C220d, well it performs to the latest super-stringent Euro 6d-TEMP standard and uses a particularly efficient 'step recess' combustion process - named after the shape of the combustion case in the piston. Internal friction is also reduced here - by around 25% - and the engine's more compact, leading to significant efficiency benefits. What else? Well maintenance costs will be kept down thanks to an ASSYST Plus service indicator on the dash that'll calculates precisely when a dealer visit might be needed. And residual values will be as high if not higher than anything else in the class.