What will they cost?
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible costs nearly £6000 more to buy outright than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet. Haggling widens the gap further; the Evoque is so in demand, dealers won’t knock anything off, whereas you should get around £500 off the C-Class.
The difference is much smaller if you’re buying on finance. Put down a £10,000 deposit on a three-year deal and Mercedes will ask for £460 a month whereas Range Rover charges £500. Both deals limit you to 12,000 miles a year and require you to pay a big ‘balloon’ payment at the end of the term if you want to own either car outright.
If you take out a contract hire lease agreement, however, the Evoque is £60 a month cheaper.
In contrast, the C-Class’s lower list price and CO2 emissions make it much kinder to company car drivers. A 40% rate taxpayer, choosing the C-Class will sacrifice nearly £5000 less of their salary in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax over three years.
As you’d expect given their lofty price tags, both cars come with plenty of standard equipment. This includes climate control, heated electric front seats, a reversing camera, a DAB radio, sat-nav, adjustable ambient interior lighting and paddle shifters for the automatic gearbox. To this, the Evoque adds leather seats, a premium Meridian audio system and four-wheel drive. The C-Class fights back with LED headlights and an Airscarf that blows warm air around your neck; perfect for sunny winter days.
Neither car has been crash tested by Euro NCAP, although their hard-top siblings both received five stars (out of five) for safety. Both also come with automatic emergency braking as standard.
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