A big four-seater
The E Class is officially classified as a large car and the new cabriolet is bigger than its predecessor in almost every dimension. But while it’s quite spacious, the individually sculpted seats mean it’s strictly a four-seater.
Lisa was initially surprised by its size but once she settled in behind the wheel she found it a very easy car to drive and manoeuvre around town, while on the open road the stability at higher speeds and surefooted grip when cornering were impressive. Mercedes’ Air Body Control multi-chamber suspension with three selectable stages of firmness is augmented by an electronically controlled adaptive damping system to provide the desired ride comfort while maintaining excellent driving dynamics.
The E 300 has a sophisticated 2.0-litre turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 180kW and 370Nm, with drive going to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Lisa praised the performance, saying it was smooth and flowing, with rapid acceleration when needed.
Both Lisa and Clare commented on the noticeable changes in performance and dynamics as they tried out the range of selectable driving modes that allow the engine response, transmission, steering and suspension to be fine-tuned to suit individual needs.
Official fuel consumption for the E 300 cabriolet is 7.4L/100km but in a car like this the real-world consumption will vary significantly, depending on the operating mode and how the car is driven. Premium 98 RON petrol is the recommended fuel.
Clare loved the head-up display and vast amount of information that could be found on the comprehensive dash, including the expansive camera views. Mercedes has gone for a bold cabin layout, with a dash dominated by two high-resolution screens. This entire dash is digital, and drivers can choose their preferred look from three styles.