There is no doubt that the Mercedes Benz E250 Sport Cabriolet and the rest of the Cabriolet range, exudeS-Class and has a distinct presence on the road.
The Mercedes Benz E-Class Sport Cabriolet comes with a lot of AMG embellishments so it comes as some surprise that it also bears BlueEFFICIENCY badging, as the two would generally seem to be mutually exclusive. The contradiction is also evident when driving, in that the rate of acceleration suggests a far larger engine than the 1.8-litre petrol unit under the bonnet. It takes 7.8 seconds to complete the 0-62mph dash but it seems faster and the top speed is limited to 155mph.
This 1.8 engine has an electronically-controlled, turbo-charger, which helps in the production of 204PS at 5,500rpm and torque of 310Nm between 2,000 and 4,300rpm. In this particular version, the wheels are driven through a 5-speed automatic and sequential gearbox, with paddle-shift on the steering wheel.
The Mercedes Benz E200 houses another engine of the same size but with a lower output. It comes with a 6-speed manual 'box and stop/start. The petrol range also includes a 3.5-litre V6 unit and a 5.5-litre V8 while the diesels are listed as the Mercedes Benz E220 with a 2.1-litre, common-rail with twin turbocharger, another of the same size with a higher output in the Mercedes Benz E250 CDI and a 3.0-litre V6 in the Mercedes Benz E350. So there is plenty to choose from. And in the case of the two larger engines, they are driven through a 7G-Tronic, 7-speed automatic gearbox.
The fuel economy figures for the Mercedes Benz E250 Sport Cabriolet are posted as 25.7mpg for the urban cycle, 46.3mpg for the extra-urban and 35.8mpg for the combined cycle with emissions of 190g/km, which quite surprising for a petrol-engined car and testimony to the efforts of the Mercedes Benz engineers.
Not only does the Mercedes Benz E-Class cabriolet have very good aerodynamics but is said to have one of the stiffest torsional designs in its segment - 30 per cent more than the previous model. The Cabriolet has extra reinforcement compared to the Coupe, which all helps with the excellent handling and agility.
It also helps with the safety aspect and the Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet, like the other members of the family isn't lacking in that department. The PRE-SAFE Brake, which is part of the optional DISTRONIC PLUS system plus the Brake Assist Plus and Attention Assist are just some of the safety features available. There are no less than seven airbags including one for the driver's knees. Meanwhile, amongst the array of active and passive safety systems, agility control and an active bonnet for example, there are the more mundane items such as ABS with EBD.
There is no doubt that the Mercedes Benz E250 Sport Cabriolet and the rest of the Cabriolet range, exudeS-Class and has a distinct presence on the road. The standard features list is almost as long as the optional extras menu and the Cabriolet should be considered a bargain with prices ranging from just £33,880 to £54,435. Not bad for all-year, top-down motoring.8 September 2010
Mercedes Benz E-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz E-250 Sport Cabriolet|
|Colour||Palladium Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Transmission||5-Speed Automatic Gearbox|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||46.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 08/09/10)||£38,110|