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Used Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet 2016-present review

Category: Convertible

Section: What is it like?

Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 16-present
Used Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet 2016-present review
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What's the used Mercedes C-Class sports like?

Many people desire a convertible but also occasionally need four seats and a well-sized boot, so the likes of a dainty little two-seat roadster are out of the question. What they need is something like this Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet, a car clearly based on the solid and dependable coupé version but one that can be flung open to the elements at the touch of a button.

Underneath, the C-Class Cabriolet does indeed share the same set-up as the coupé model, which in turn has a different front suspension, a lower ride height and quicker steering than the regular C-Class saloon. The convertible model also offers the option of air suspension and, since that seems to noticeably improve ride quality, we think that’s well worth seeking out.

Later, post-2018 facelift models changed these trims to the AMG and AMG Line versions, though you could add Edition, Premium Edition and Night Edition Premium Plus packs, just to confuse the issue. 

On the road, the C200 and C300 petrol cars are reasonably brisk but, perhaps surprisingly, don’t feel much smoother than the diesel options. The entry-level C220d feels lively, whereas the C250d feels encouragingly quick, as does the later C300d. All of them could be a little more refined, but the combination of performance and economy is difficult to beat. The ripsnorting AMG models all have fire in their belly, from the six-cylinder C43 to the twin-turbocharged V8 C63 and later C63 S, the latter of which is exceedingly quick.

In the bends, Sport models offer delightful handling, but if anything the stiffer AMG Line cars are even better tied down and more fun. Needless to say, the AMG models are properly quick, with lots of grip as well as adjustable and pin-sharp handling. All models ride pretty well, from the softer lower-level models up to the fastest ones, although there is some thumping through the seats on poor surfaces, so it’s worth seeking out a car equipped with the optional air suspension, which adds another dimension to the ride quality.

Pleasingly, the C-Class Cabriolet feels solid in a way that few convertibles do, with little shake through the scuttle.

Euro NCAP awarded the C-Class Cabriolet a full five-star safety rating when it was new and scores in each category stand up well against rivals. Automatic emergency braking and a driver attention monitor are standard across the range, while an optional safety pack adds features such as blindspot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.

If you're interested in buying a used Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet, or any of the other cars mentioned here, check out our used car classifieds site here. 

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