The E-Class Cabriolet is a fine luxury drop-top, and this E220d variant is our pick of the range. Sensible running costs, elegant looks, good cruising ability and an opulent interior help the car fulfil much of its brief.
The only major downside in its unsettled ride over broken surfaces. But this is a problem that also afflicts the E-Class Cabriolet's rivals, so it's still the car we'd choose.
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Mercedes E220d AMG Line Cabriolet
Price £44,675 Engine 4cyl, 1950cc, diesel Power 191bhp at 3800rpm Torque 295lb ft at 1600-2800rpm Gearbox 9-spd automatic 0-62mph 7.7sec Top speed 147mph Official economy 57.7mpg CO2, tax band 126g/km, 27%
The best (and worst) convertible cars
The E-Class Cabriolet may not have many direct rivals, but if you just want a convertible, the number of options increases dramatically. Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the models to avoid.
There's no denying that, in terms of practicality, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet isn't up to the same standards as the bestselling Golf hatchback. That said, it's certainly a charming car and remains enjoyable to drive. There's genuine space for four inside and there's a version to suit all tastes – including a hot 261bhp R version, if you desire a whole lot of speed from your drop-top.
Our pick: 1.4 TSI 125 SE
9. BMW 2 Series Convertible
With prices for the BMW 2 Series Convertible starting from £27,540, it's more expensive than many of the models listed over the following pages. That said, it's fun to drive and comfortable over long distances. Our recommended Sport trim gets you sports seats and bespoke alloy wheels – and the 220d engine we recommend is punchy yet reasonably economical.
Our pick: 220d Sport
The second BMW offering on our list is the larger 4 Series. It isn't the most spacious four-seat model out there, but it does offer striking looks outside and a quiet, upmarket experience inside. We'd stick with SE specification, which has most bases covered, and team it with the smooth 420d engine.
Our pick: 420d SE
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