The New Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

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The New Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

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Accept it or discard it but you can now get a Mercedes C-Class car as a soft top convertible. That makes Mercedes the auto-maker with the world’s largest assortment of convertibles. The new C-Class convertible; the baby brother of the E and S Class is Mercedes’ lowest priced convertible. This convertible is clearly sportier than the C-Class sedan. It’s a little wider and is 15 millimeters closer to the ground. A steel spring suspension comes as standard. The optional airmatic pneumatic suspension cost 1400 Euros extra in Germany, that has electronically regulated shock absorbers and four adjustments from specially comfortable to a specially sporty.

Engine

Mercedes spoils its probable buyers for choice. First you have to decide on a convertible and then you have to decide among two Diesel and five gasoline engines that produce between 115 and 245 kilowatts. We’ll be checking out one of the smaller engines, the C300 which produces only 180 kilowatts. With his engine the convertible accelerates from 0 to 100 in 6.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Mercedes C300 Cabriolet

Top speed

250 km/h

Performance

180 kW

0-60 mph

 6.4 seconds

Fuel consumption

6.7 liters/100 km

CO2 emissions

151 g/km

 

Space

Convertibles aren’t noted for their storage space and the Mercedes C-Class is no exception. With the roof up you have 360 liters of trunk space down just 285 liters so you will have space for luggage, but taking it back out is bothersome. Still things could be worse. For example when it starts to rain. As with the S Class convertible, the C-Class has a fabric roof with a glass rear window. A multi-layered acoustic soft top is optional. With the roof up, the new two-door convertible has almost the same dimensions and silhouette as the C-Class Coupe.

On a sunny day you may wish to feel the breeze. The fully automatic roof opens in fewer than 20 seconds up to a speed of 50 km/h. Closing the roof takes the same amount of time. The convertibles instrument panel is identical to that in the other C-Class models. The interior’s overall craftsmanship is top quality in keeping with Mercedes’ standards. the back seats can be folded down individually.
Mercedes sells the C-class as a four-seater so that means it has to provide adequate space in the back seats. The front seats slides forward to make it easier to get in the back. The back seat is comfortable, but a big guy could use more space on the side. The solution? He/she will just have to be the driver. But there is certainly enough headroom with the top down. For 821 Euros you can get a rear wind deflector and a wind lamella on the front windshield. Mercedes says they greatly reduce air turbulence in the interior. The wind lamella isn’t exactly pretty, but the main thing is that, it works as they say.

Driving experience

It’s no surprise that the Mercedes C-Class convertible drives just as well as the coupe or the sedan. After all it has nearly identical technology and that pays off. The 180 kilowatt engine is powerful enough for buyers who are more interested in cruising than in speeding. But if you need more power there is still another Mercedes engine and three more AMG models. And with them comes the extra performance element on board. For example the AMG C63 S convertible has twice as many cylinders as the four-cylinder C300 and produces 375 kilowatts or 510 horsepower. But this AMG version also costs about $40,000 more than the C300. In other words about twice as much as the lowest-priced C-Class convertible.

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