And during the stylish times when Freddy Mercury had long hair, and Hunt and Lauda were fighting for the F1 championship. There were a few cars, which showed that you were a success in life, but were deadly serious about it. And if you had a Mercedes during those times, chances are you were looked at without questioning, you were the most important one in town! (Excluding those in Rolls Royces and Bentleys).
So if you drove a Mercedes, you were seen as important. But if you were rich enough to drive a convertible Mercedes, then you really were the one to beat in terms of money and success.
However these days, things changed a notch. Mercedes drivers (stereo-typically) are seen as boring businessmen who could only care about their car, as it makes them look professional, and therefore important on the road. However, if you slice the roof off the luxurious euro box, then the situation is very different, thrusting young entrepreneurs and trendy fashion queens are more likely to drive Benz drop-tops, particularly the SLK and the C-Class convertible .
Question is: Is the E250 convertible a nice car to be seen in? And a good car nonetheless?
The Styling- It Won’t Disappoint You
That’s because in 2 door form, and with the roof cut off. You have to say, it looks absolutely fantastic! It’s not too flashy and angry, unlike the BMW 6 series, and yet Mercedes have somehow made this car look very elegant! By cutting the roof off, the designers from Stuttgart have given a boring businessman a bottle of shaken Martini. It adds personality, character and mostly, style. It’s almost as if Sir Alan Sugar went into Primark, and came out looking like Tom Hiddleston!
And with the AMG line body panels and the 18 inch AMG wheels, it’s ready to roll into London’s west end and it won’t look out of place going there. There’s a sense that when you’re driving this car, you find it hard to feel embarrassed, you’d expect the E-Class convertible to be a show off’s office. But you sort of want people to look at you in a smiling fashion. A peaceful, warm feeling that you simply won’t get in any other convertible. It’s a nice place to be seen in, showing off isn’t this car’s priority, that’s for BMW’s 4 and 6 series convertibles.
Performance- Is It Really Needed?
That’s incredibly impressive from Mercedes, especially as this car can average out 57mpg! If someone needs to be quickly impressed, then this car is a place to start. But let’s gloss over the facts, I mentioned in my review of the Maserati Ghibli that diesel engines weren’t supposed to deliver any pleasure. But after I got out of this Merc, I highly regretted saying that…
That’s because this tiny little gem of an engine, has managed to win me over, despite doubting it at first. It’s wonderfully smooth and quiet at ANY speeds, and even with the roof down, the loudest thing you can hear, is the wind hustling over the tips of your hair. Obviously, it makes a conspicuous sound, but unlike BMW’s diesels, it doesn’t shout about itself. Because if a diesel shouts, then you might have a £50k+ convertible, that sounds like a builder’s van.
And Mercedes were careful about this, and delivered fabulously! Not only is it quiet, it’s punchy too. Put it into sport mode, accelerate moderately, and this car will shift, quite quickly in fact! You won’t need to worry about overtaking, because it’ll do it no problem. As well, the 7 speed automatic gearbox shifts very smoothly, it preserves the engine’s power nicely, so none of the momentum is lost, when you’re changing gear (in manual mode of course, but full auto is awesome too!).
Then again, with the likelihood of buyers cruising around town, and stopping every 5 yards to buy the latest watch. Is there really any point in caring about performance on the E-Class convertible? I mean the 500 V8 makes an awesome noise, and shifts extremely fast, but this car really makes you want to cruise around slowly. To allow yourself to chill out, and glance in humor at lesser cars with roofs on them. And if you don’t want to be seen, but still need to keep moving, you can simply raise the roof. While up to speeds of 25mph!
This is perhaps the ONLY car I’ve come across, where it actually makes sense to opt for the small diesel engine, rather than the much more powerful V6 or V8 units. THAT’S how impressive the E250 is!
A Plush Interior- What a Nice Place To Be!
Then during the late ’90s and early 20th century, corners were cut, money had to be saved and cars at Mercedes HAD to be built at a lower cost! And this showed in some of their cars, I once went in my Uncle’s CLK 320 and I have to say the interior quality in that car was just SHOCKING. The sagging leather on the door felt like I could rip it off! And when I came to opening that door again, it felt as loose as my hopes did, for Mercs of modern times.
However, I’m happy to report that in this car. The quality is back! The seats feel comfortable, but nice and firm in terms of touch. The leather on the dashboard feels expensive, but also long lasting, which is important in a car like this! As well, the dashboard is glittered with excitingly beautiful and expensive feeling buttons and switches, which feel like they’ve come from a 5 star hotel in Switzerland. This doesn’t feel like a cheap car, it feels plush, prestige and very Mercedes-like indeed. Exactly how the E-Class should be, this is no BMW man’s driving machine, or Volvo family man’s car, this is a Baller’s car! And one that’s nice to be seen in too.
But glossing over the image, the seats hug you in with more support than my first girlfriend. And on top of that, the ride itself is incredibly smooth. Despite the AMG line’s low profile tyres and aggressive looking body, the car I tested had been fitted with the adaptive suspension system. Which really made an awesome profile of the car’s personality. It BARELY rolls when you’re going sharply through a tight bend, and it literally steamrolls over rough tarmac! This is one heck of a smooth and comfortable car. Well done Mercedes!
But you know what?
I’m completely won over by this car, it’s an elegant drop-top that would prefer to whistle some classical ‘Clair De Lune’ rather than a sporty BMW that prefers the idea of rapping some Drake. I really like this car, and I hope with it’s upcoming replacement, Mercedes plays the same game.
The E250 Convertible may be a small diesel, £42,000 small yacht. But if I was on the lookout for a new, reasonably priced (ish) drop-top, then I honestly wouldn’t look much further than this car. That’s how good it is!
REVVING – IT – DAILY RATES: 7.5 out of 10
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