Firstly, let’s dispel a few myths, as we test the most frugal version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. Economy and soft-tops are not usually two words that get mentioned in the same sentence, but this entry-level E 220 CDI SE Automatic manages official figures of 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 126g/km. And far from being a slug, it serves up perky performance.
- Feels quick off the mark
- Efficient with great fuel economy
- Decent motorway cruiser
- Excellent quality cabin that feels nicely crafted
- Door mounted seat controls are perfectly placed
- Supportive chairs
- Infotainment and navigation logical to use
- Engine noisy both when cold and warmed through
- All the controls on one stalk is overly complicated
- Foot operated park brake feels old fashioned
- Space is limited in the back
- Rearward vision is restricted
- Limitations of rear-wheel-drive in the winter months
You can read the full report on this Mercedes-Benz E 220 in the August 2014 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue.