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Class Cabriolet 2016 review It may not sell in huge numbers but the new C Class cabriolet is everything we've come to expect from a drop top Mercedes.
It's exquisitely finished, beautifully refined with the roof down and a competent everyday cruiser. The engine can be a little gruff and it certainly isn't cheap, but it's a thoroughly sophisticated all rounder.If there's one thing you can't criticise the Mercedes C Class for, it's a lack of variety. The range already includes a saloon, estate and coupe version all with engines ranging from the pedestrian to the downright crazy but now, in the interest of filling every niche, the company has introduced the C Class Cabriolet.Technically, this is the first time Mercedes has launched a convertible version of the C Class the CLK plugged the gap until 2009 but never wore the straight 'C' badge. louis vuitton shoes europe It's the final member to join the C Class family, though the saloon and Estate will continue to take the lion's share of sales.Not be deterred, Mercedes still offers plenty of options when it come to powertrains. There are two diesel engines, two petrols and three high power AMG variants. There's also four wheel drive, rear wheel drive and the choice of manual and automatic transmissions.As ever, the diesels will make up the bulk of sales with the familiar C250d tested here developing 201bhp and a hefty 500Nm of torque. It's a gutsy performer but continues to goes about its business in a rather unrefined fashion. It's gruff, clattery and feels like the odd piece of the puzzle in what is an otherwise nicely polished product. Best convertibles on sale right nowOn the move, roof up, there's barely a whisper of wind noise or tyre roar; in fact there's very little tell it apart from the Coupe in that respect. Drop the roof doable on the move at up louis vuitton purses galleria dallas to 30mph and Mercedes' excellent Aircap wind deflector eliminates all but the faintest breeze from the cabin, meaning you'll arrive at your destination largely unruffled.Removing the roof has meant the Cabriolet is around 125kg heavier than the Coupe. While that might sound a lot, it's not so much that it has adversely affected how it feels on the road. For the most part, the ride is fluid and composed, and only slightly flummoxed by nasty potholes or particularly rutted roads. For a convertible, the ride and body control is very impressive.The steering is a little disappointing, however, as the weighting is inconsistent and can leave you guessing how much lock needs applying as you arrive at a corner. As ever, though, Mercedes' Dynamic Select system allows you to stiffen the car up with Sport and Sport+ modes, but in a diesel powered cabriolet that's a bit like putting your Golden Retriever into a Greyhound race.In the feistiest setting the ride becomes too brittle and the steering's too heavy. The otherwise excellent nine speed auto holds onto its gears a bit too long, too. Whether driven briskly or at a cruise the C Class works better in Comfort, where there is far more fluidity to gear changes, body control and overall performance.It's not all good news, though. With the roof in place boot capacity is a reasonable 355 litres, but when stowed louis vuitton handbags at amazon space is reduced to 260 litres. That doesn't sound so bad, but in reality the louis vuitton bags qatar actual load space is rather shallow. A couple of small suitcases or shopping bags is all its good for, but a BMW 4 Series fares no better.
It's doesn't come cheap, either. Priced from 42,730 in AMG Line spec, it's around 1,000 more than the equivalent 420d M Sport. That said, the C Class uses less fuel, is more powerful and is considerably faster, too.
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