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Mercedes-Benz C Class Cabriolet - Review Of The Week

Mercedes has completed its C-Class model line-up with this attractive fabric drop-top version, recognised as one of the best convertible cars. There's 4MATIC 4WD for the first time in a Cabriolet Mercedes of this kind and this time round, two different sporting Mercedes-AMG versions. You'd like one.

Six engines are available for this Cabriolet model, starting with a 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit in the C200 variant. The C300 variant uses the same power-plant but ups the tune to 245bhp. Next up is the 367bhp Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC. At the top of the range, the potent Mercedes-AMG C63 uses a 4.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, putting out either 476bhp - or 510bhp in top 'S' guise.

If you want a diesel, the options start with the 2.1-litre 170bhp C220d, which can be ordered with 4MATIC 4WD. Or you can stretch to the C250d, which uses the same engine in a 204bhp state of tune. 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission can be ordered for all engine variants - and is standard with many of them.

The suspension on the Cabriolet is 15 millimetres lower in comparison with the C-Class Saloon and this set-up can be ordered in former 'Sports' guise paired with the Sports Direct-Steer system for more agile handling. AIRMATIC air suspension is another option and if you go for this, you get as standard the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system that's option with steel-sprung variants.

With its top up, the profile of this two-door cabriolet resembles that of the C-Class Coupe, with virtually identical basic dimensions. That means you get the same striking front end featuring a diamond radiator grille, LED High Performance headlamps and a long bonnet flowing into a high beltline. The tightly stretched soft top with its glass window transitions harmoniously into the distinctly styled rear end, which has a look of the best convertible sports cars, a highly sporty look with its wide shoulders and flat LED tail lights.

Mercedes-Benz C Class Cabriolet - Review Of The Week

The fully automatic fabric soft top can be opened and closed using a matt chrome curved switch on the centre console. The process takes less than 20seconds up to a speed of up to 31mph. After opening, it folds down quietly and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot.

Inside, the high-grade materials and build quality are everything you would expect from one of the best convertible cars like the Mercedes cabriolet. The sport seats use heat-reflecting leather and feature muscular side bolsters and organically integrated head restraints as well as optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating. Automatic belt extenders as standard help the occupants with buckling up.

The rear pews are in the form of individual seats. Their backrests offer a through-loading feature, can be split 50:50 for high everyday practicality and can be completely folded down. This extends boot capacity which is 360-litres - or 285-litres with the roof open.

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 one of the best convertible cars 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.

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