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2017 Mercedes E220d Cabriolet review – price, specs and release date

The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet completes the new E-Class line-up. Is it at its best in this 2.0-litre diesel form?

Words ByDoug Revolta

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Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet front

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You could already buy saloon, coupΓ© and estate versions of the new E-Class, and now, completing the set, we have the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet.

As a luxurious four-seater drop-top, its pool of competitors is shallow. However, there are still strong alternatives, most notably the Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 4 Series Convertible

Here we’re driving the E220d model, which uses Mercedes' four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine and, like all E-Class Cabriolets, has a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

2017 Mercedes E220d Cabriolet on the road

This diesel is undoubtedly the sweet spot of the range. Although you might expect a big, heavy car like the E-Class Cabriolet to need at least six cylinders, the engine pulls well from low revs and will smoothly hustle you up to the national limit with no trouble at all. Once you're there, it's barely audible. And 40mpg is perfectly realistic.

The E-Class Cabriolet is a car that's set up more for comfort than agility, though, so if you push it hard on winding roads, there’s not much in the way of enjoyment to be had. Its body flexes more than the coupΓ©'s, meaning the steering is inconsistent. And there's also quite a bit of body roll.

It’s better to relax and enjoy the car’s cruising manners. Well, on smooth roads, at least, because that flex in the body means the suspension struggles to do its job on broken surfaces – much like it does in the A5 Cabriolet and 4 Series Convertible.

It didn't help that our E-Class Cabriolet was fitted with the standard steel springs, rather than the optional (Β£1495) air suspension that we recommend on the higher-powered E350d and E400 models. But at least the ride generally settles down nicely on the motorway, losing the brittle, unsettled feel that you can get at lower speeds.

The roof can be retracted in 20sec at up to 31mph and buffeting is kept to a minimum at all times. With the roof up, meanwhile, the car is well insulated from the outside world. There are some squeaks and rattles from the interior, but overall the E-Class Cabriolet is much quieter than the A5.

2017 Mercedes E220d Cabriolet interior

Like other versions of the E-Class, the Cabriolet feels very classy inside, thanks to plenty of aesthetically pleasing wood trim and flashes of chrome. But while Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system is easy enough to use, it’s worth upgrading to the 12.3in widescreen (for Β£495).

What you don't have to pay extra for is Airscarf, which blows warm air through vents in the front seats to keep your upper body and head warm even when the roof is down.

There's plenty of space in the front, too, and a decent size boot. But adults will find the rear of the car cramped on long journeys. Read our full Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet review for a more detailed rundown on the car’s interior.

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