The entry-level E200 petrol provides adequate performance, while the range-topping twin-turbo E400 is properly quick. However, the majority of buyers will choose a diesel: the E220 CDI is strong enough, so it's what we'd go for, while the E350 is effortlessly flexible, pulling smoothly from low revs.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet ride & handling
The soft suspension fitted to SE models suits the E-Class Cabriolet's relaxed nature, allowing you to waft around in comfort. AMG Sport versions aren't so impressive; they have firmer suspension, which spoils the ride and does little to tighten up the wallowy and imprecise handling. There is at least plenty of grip, and the steering weights up nicely through corners.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet refinement
Sitting in the back of a drop-top is often as enjoyable as going for a stroll in a hurricane, but things are different in the E-Class thanks to a clever contraption called Aircap. It's essentially a combination of a small flap on top of the windscreen and a deflector between the rear seats, which both raise to direct air over the cabin (rather than into it). The engines are pretty smooth and hushed, and wind noise isn't too bad with the hood up, either.