MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS CABRIOLET C200 AMG Line Premium Plus 2dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2167 g/km

There wasn't much wrong with the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet that a few more sophisticated entry-level engines wouldn't have put right. Now that this smartly-styled convertible has these mainstream powerplants in place, it's properly set to really trouble mid-sized drop-top segment favourites like the Audi A5 Cabrio and the BMW 4 Series Convertible. You'd like one.

THE GERMAN OPEN

The pretty Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet gets an improved engine range and extra cabin tech in its latest form. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

There wasn't much wrong with the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet that a few more sophisticated entry-level engines wouldn't have put right. Now that this smartly-styled convertible has these mainstream powerplants in place, it's properly set to really trouble mid-sized drop-top segment favourites like the Audi A5 Cabrio and the BMW 4 Series Convertible. You'd like one.

Background

Think of a Mercedes cabriolet and you tend to think in terms of needing a lottery win. You'll be picturing cars like the SL roadster or maybe the smaller SLC. If luxury is more your thing, then perhaps the models you have in mind are Cabriolet versions of the brand's E-Class and S-Class models. All are expensive. Slightly more accessible though, is the car we look at here, the C-Class Cabriolet. It's based on the C-Class Coupe and gets significant upgrades in the revised guise were going to examine here.

Driving Experience

On the road, this C-Class Cabriolet comes with a multi-layered fabric roof that can activate in less than 20s at speeds of up to around 30mph. Once the hood is unclipped and on its way backwards, what Mercedes calls an 'AIRCAP' draught stop system springs up on the windscreen header rail. At the same time, a wind deflector can glide up behind the rear seats and together, these two elements are very effective in limiting cabin buffeting at speed. That roof mechanism leaves this model is 125kgs heavier than the C-Class Coupe model it's based upon, extra bulk you really feel when you're pushing on around twisting secondary roads. On the plus side though, this Cabriolet is stable and very well balanced, aided by a standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system that not only tweaks the throttle and steering but also alters responses from the standard 'AGILITY CONTROL' adaptive suspension. Uniquely in this class, there's the option of upgrading the damping into a hi-tech air-suspended 'AIRMATIC' set-up. On top of that, mainstream variants get a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic gearbox that's more sophisticated than anything the opposition can offer. With this revised model, the most important news is the introduction of fresh mainstream petrol and diesel engines beneath the bonnet. The range kicks off with the 156hp 1.6-litre petrol engine used in the base C180, but ideally, you'd begin your perusal of the line-up with a more modern unit, the 1.5-litre 184hp petrol unit fitted to the base C200, a model available in rear-driven or 4MATIC form. This powerplant features clever 'EQ Boost' technology which uses a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. There's also a 258hp 2.0-litre petrol variant, the C300. Many C-Class Cabriolet customers still want a diesel, usually the 2.0-litre 194hp powerplant fitted to the C220d variant, which can be had in rear-driven or 4MATIC form. There's also a C300d variant with the same engine tuned out to 245hp. At the top of the range lie the fearsome Mercedes-AMG models, offered with V6 or V8 power. The V6-engined C 43 4MATIC now puts out 390hp, 23hp more than before. That's enough to take a C 43 Coupe from rest to 62mph in just 4.7s. Beyond that lies only the V8 C63 S AMG model, with a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine offering 510hp.

Design and Build

With its top up, the profile of this two-door cabriolet resembles that of the C-Class Coupe, with virtually identical basic dimensions. The styling of this revised model isn't much different, a revised front bumper slotting under the smart diamond radiator grille which is flanked by standard-fit LED High Performance headlights. As before, a high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors aim to underscore the sporty character. The fully automatic fabric soft top can be opened and closed using a matt chrome curved switch on the centre console. After opening, it folds down quietly and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot. Inside, the cabin now gets the option of the fully-digital instrument display, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the conventional dials using technology borrowed from larger Mercedes models. You can customise the layout between three display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Progressive'. As before, flowing forms characterise the centre console as well as the door and rear side panelling, which smoothly merge into one another to emphasise the coupe character. The front sports seats feature automatic belt feeders for added convenience. The choice of materials and the finish have a hand-crafted feel with high-class appeal and aim to deliver a fresh take on modern luxury. The 50:50 split rear seats can be completely folded down. This extends boot capacity which is 360-litres - or 285-litres with the roof open.

Market and Model

Think in terms of needing around at least around £40,000 for your C-Class Cabriolet, once you've allowed for a few well-chosen extras. That's just a starting point of course. Most models will be sold in the £45,000 to £50,000 bracket. Below the top 'Mercedes-AMG' models, there is just one main trim level - 'AMG Line' - and it's very well equipped. We particularly like the sensitive climate control system that adapts itself whether the car is being driven with the roof up or the roof down. A key option you really have to have on this car is the 'Cabriolet Comfort package'. This gives you two key features; the electric AIRCAP draught stop system that reduces the interior turbulence for rear passengers at the press of a button. And the AIRSCARF neck-level heating set-up for the driver and front passenger. Alternatively, there's also the option of a retrofitted manual folding draught stop behind the front seats. This noticeably stops draughts in the front seats. This revised model features the option of Mercedes' latest 'level 2' autonomous driving technology, with improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to 500m ahead. You'll need the optional 'Driving Assistance Package' for that, which features the brand's 'Active Distance Control DISTRONIC' active cruise control system which can draw on navigational data to predictively adjust your speed.

Cost of Ownership

The new 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It manages 147g/km of CO2 (WLTP) and up to 38.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. This unit features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit. As for the 2.0-litre diesel engine fitted to the C220d, well it performs to the latest super-stringent Euro 6d-TEMP standard and uses a particularly efficient 'step recess' combustion process - named after the shape of the combustion case in the piston. Internal friction is also reduced here - by around 25% - and the engine's more compact, leading to significant efficiency benefits. It manages 127g/km of CO2 (WLTP) and up to 51.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. What else? Well maintenance costs will be kept down thanks to an ASSYST Plus service indicator on the dash that'll calculates precisely when a dealer visit might be needed. And residual values will be as high if not higher than anything else in the class.

Summary

I said at the beginning that 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 C-Class Cabriolet 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.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Side windows surround in polished aluminium
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Adaptive brake system with hold function, hill start assist and brake drying function
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Wireless charging

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Attention assist
  • 360 camera

  • Remote boot release
  • ECO start/stop function

  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Pre-wiring for SD navigation system
  • Comand Online HDD Nav with media interface,radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 10.25 screen, linguatronic voice control
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Sports direct steer speed sensitive steering

  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Black ash wood with brushed aluminium trim

  • 66l fuel tank with increased capacity
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Sport exhaust system

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Burmester surround sound system
  • SD card slot
  • Audio 20 with integrated media interface and bluetooth handsfree function
  • Two USB ports and one SD Card slot in centre console

  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust trim integrated into rear bumper
  • Semi-automatic boot separator
  • Acoustic soft-top with enhanced climate and noise comfort
  • Chrome pins diamond radiator grille with integrated stars
  • Door sill panels with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • AIRCAP wind deflector and draught stop
  • AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED third brake light
  • LED Indicators
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Multi beam LED headlights
  • Full LED tail lamps

  • THERMATIC 2 zone automatic climate control
  • Airscarf - neck level heating

  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • 3 spoke AMG flat bottom multi-function nappa leather steering wheel with touch controls

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Front LED reading lights

  • Seat comfort pack - C Class
  • Stowage pack - C Class
  • Keyless go comfort package - C Class Cabriolet
  • Interior lighting package - C Class
  • Mirror package - C Class

  • Automatic seatbelt pretensioner for driver and front passenger
  • Dual stage airbags - driver and front passenger, front sidebags, driver kneebag, pelvis bag and windowbags for driver, front and rear passengers
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points with top tether in rear
  • Active bonnet
  • 3 point automatic seatbelts
  • 2 rear seatbelts
  • Black seat belts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • Front head restraints
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • AMG sports seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats

  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Immobiliser
  • Anti-theft alarm system/interior protection with tow-away protection and interior monitoring systems

  • 9G Tronic plus 9 speed automatic

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 147
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 70
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 167

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 80.4
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 73.7
  • CC: 1497

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 34
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 37E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 57
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 184
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Prem Plus
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 207
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.5
  • Top Speed: 146

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2016
  • Height: 1409
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4686
  • Width: 1810
  • Wheelbase: 2840

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1655
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2195
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 335
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 540
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system: Included

  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter: Included

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with contrast stitching: £0

  • Designo special magno paint: £1,795
  • Designo special metallic paint: £895
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Soft top - Black: £0
  • Soft top - Dark brown: £0
  • Soft top - Dark blue: £0
  • Soft top - Dark red: £0

  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery: Included
  • Leather upholstery: £795
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column: Included

  • Driving Assistance Package - C Class: £1,695
  • Memory pack with Electric adjustable steering wheel - C Class: £600
  • Airmatic Dynamic handling pack - C Class: £895

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo special magno - Selenite grey: £1,795
  • Designo special metallic - Diamond white: £895

  • Towbar manually folding includes 13 pin socket: £750

  • Leather - Porcelain: £795
  • Leather - Black: £795
  • Leather - Saddle brown: £795
  • Leather - Cranberry red: £795

  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica - Black: £0

  • 18" 5 spoke aero alloy wheels in Tremolite grey: Included
  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted in high gloss black with run flat tyres: £595

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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