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The C-Class Cabriolet has been updated with improved technology, enhancing the car's ability to deliver a relaxed and premium open-top experience.

11 Feb 2019


Yes, convertibles are decidedly divisive - people who like them will swear by them, but people who don't appreciate convertibles will endlessly lament about the inherent impracticality and foolishness of a car like this.

Cars like this one, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet, try to bridge that gap by combining the practicality and comfort of a typical compact executive saloon with the carefree joy of an open-top convertible.

The C-Class Cabriolet cuts a musuclar yet elegant figure on the road

Easy satisfaction

Visually, the C-Class Cabr
iolet cuts a muscular and handsome figure. The soft-top roof, drawn taut over the frame of the car, has a sloped silhouette that lends it a coupe-like appearance. In our opinion, it strikes the perfect visual balance between the Saloon and the Coupe.

Touch Control buttons allow you to operate the infotainment system without taking your hands off the wheel

Inside, the updates include a new steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, an updated 10.25-inch infotainment screen running Mercedes' latest generation media interface (a very welcome update), a fully-digital dashboard, and Anthracite open pore wood trim.

The updated technology, in particular, helps elevate the quality of life inside the car, making operating car functions a lot easier and smoother.

The updated infotainment system is significantly better organised and more intuitive to operate than before

Beyond that, the rest of the car is functionally the same as the Coupe, with the exception of additional buttons to operate the roof and the AIRCAP wind deflector. It's a 2+2, with decent space in the back.

One notable compromise is that in two-door guise (like the Coupe), the aperture of the door opening is notably wider than in the four-door Saloon, so you have to be a little more selective when parking near walls. 


Soft relaxation

On the road, the Cabriolet sheds any of the usual compromises you might expect from a soft-top. The taut frame and sure-footed suspension make the car feel extremely solid, without any unsteady shaking of the wheel. The suspension is also cushy enough to provide a very comfortable and pleasant ride.

Hold the rocker switch and the soft-top opens and closes in 20 seconds, and can also be operated while driving up to 50km/h

Wind buffeting is also well managed - with the roof open and wind deflector up, you can hold a conversation with your passengers without having to shout. However, we must concede that the wind deflector can be quite an eye sore, jutting out unnaturally against the rest of the car's organic form. With the roof closed, wind noise only begins to creep in once you exceed highway speed limits.

Power is wrought from a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It's not massively powerful, with just 154bhp and 250Nm of torque, but it will suffice across a majority of situations. And truth be told, there's no need to drive fast to enjoy the open-top experience this car is capable of delivering. 

154bhp and 250Nm of torque from the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine will more than suffice for most driving situations

Keep rolling on

Much like the Saloon and Coupe variants that we recently reviewed, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet brings a number of updates to the model to deliver a more comfortable, premium and refined experience.

The C-Class Cabriolet delivers a refined and relaxing open-top experience that puts a smile on your face

As far as an 'alternative' C-Class is concerned, we reckon the Cabriolet trumps the Coupe, simply because it delivers exactly what it advertises. This is supposed to be a relaxing and cheerful sort of car, and the C-Class Cabriolet fully delivers on this front. 
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Car Information

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet C180 (A)
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Price

: $231,888

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1595cc

Horsepower

:

115kW (154 bhp) / 5300 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

9G-Tronic (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.9sec

Top Speed

:

220km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.2 km/L

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