Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

Best buy more than £35,000: Mercedes E220 CDI Cabriolet SE auto
Mercedes E220

Face-lifts aren't usually significant, but in the case of the E-Class Cabriolet it was big enough for us to change our view entirely.

Mercedes has worked hard to improve the refinement of its four-cylinder diesel engines. In fact, it's done such a good job that we think the entry-level E220 CDI now makes more sense than the six-cylinder E350 diesel. The smaller engine responds strongly from low revs, with plenty of urgency for confident overtaking.

Sticking to SE trim now gets you more equipment than before, and a more comfortable suspension set-up, while Mercedes' seven-speed 'box improves the driving experience, the CO2 emissions and fuel economy.

The cloth roof does an impressive job of keeping things quiet at high speed when up and, when down, Mercedes' Aircap technology ensures that even those in the back are protected from wind by deflecting the flow of air over their heads.

Key facts
0-60mph 8.7sec
Top speed 143mph
Fuel economy 58.9mpg
CO2 emission 126g/km
Tax liability 20%
Insurance group 41
List price £39,985
Target price £35,704

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