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MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS COUPE

E400 4Matic AMG Line Premium 2dr 9G-Tronic

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In its most desirable mainstream form, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet provides year-round open-top pleasures. Jonathan Crouch drives the E400 4MATIC variant.

Background

Other German premium brands offer you one option if you're in the fortunate position of being able to decide upon a prestigiously badged premium executive class cabriolet. Mercedes though, offers two, the C-Class Cabriolet and the E-Class Cabriolet. The latter design is our focus here, in its top mainstream E400 4MATIC petrol form. Once, an E-Class Cabriolet buyer looking for the most desirable mainstream engine in the line-up would probably have signed up for the E350d V6 diesel variant, but with the recent backlash against black pump-fuelled motoring, variants like this E400 are gaining in popularity again. Let's put it to the test.

Driving Experience

Mercedes had already established the market demand for 4WD models of this kind with the previous generation E-Class Cabriolet. This time round there are also E220d and E350d diesel models equipped with the brand's on-demand '4MATIC' system - plus there's the top petrol version we elected to drive, the 333bhp 3.0-litre twin turbocharged V6 E400 petrol model. This makes 62mph from rest in just 5.3s and has to be artificially restrained at 155mph. It's certainly a very refined thing, especially when you're cruising along at highway speeds, roof-down with the 'AIR CAP' device activated on the top of the windscreen to reduce buffeting. At motorway speeds, most convertibles are usually quite unpleasant with the roof down, but this E400 is quiet, easily allowing you to conduct a conversation with your passengers without raising your voice. What this car isn't is any kind of real sportscar - but then if you wanted one of those with a Mercedes badge, you'd probably have bought the brand's SLC model. Still, bodyroll is well controlled and there's no undue twist and flex from the chassis, even over quite pronounced bumps. As with all E-Class Cabriolet models, you get 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and the DYNAMIC SELECT system that allows you to tweak steering feel, throttle response, gearshift timings and stability control thresholds to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's now the option of super-smooth air suspension if you want it too.

Design and Build

When the soft top is up, the E-Class Cabriolet has a silhouette similar to that of the E-Class Coupe. A striking front section with a low-positioned diamond radiator grille and centrally located star, LED High Performance headlamps, a drawn-out bonnet with powerdomes and fully retractable side windows underline the more dynamic looks of this generation model. The fabric soft top is available in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. More importantly, it can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 31mph and buyers can specify the AIRCAP electric draught-stop system and the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system. The roof's multi-layered structure with sophisticated insulation reduces wind and driving noise, which makes it easy for the occupants to hear each other talk, even when driving at high speed. The soft-top structure is equally effective when it comes to climate comfort, making the Cabriolet suitable for use all year round. After opening, it folds down into a bespoke compartment in the boot and a retractable cover separates the soft top from the remaining boot space. The boot capacity of 385-litres (310-litres when the roof is open) means the E-Class Cabriolet doesn't compromise too much on practicality. Plus 50:50 folding rear seat backrests create a through-loading feature for longer items.

Market and Model

You won't be expecting this top mainstream petrol-powered E-Class Cabriolet variant to be inexpensive - and it isn't. You'll need a budget of around £56,000 for this E400 4MATIC derivative; to give you some perspective, the entry-level point to the range is about £10,000 below that. A V6 diesel E350d 4MATIC model will cost you about the same as this E400, but there, you only get 258bhp to play with, rather than 333bhp. There's a kind of 'junior Bentley' feel about this car that gives it a more up-market feel than you'd get in any C-Class Cabriolet. Yet the outlay needed for ownership shouldn't require too many potential owners to need a lottery win first. Those who do have more to spend will inevitably be plied with plenty of options. We'd be tempted by the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension to get a magic carpet-style ride. And the full COMMAND infotainment system would also be nice to have, including a 'COMMAND Online' feature that give owners access to the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' 'phone connectivity systems.

Cost of Ownership

Weight-saving measures, aerodynamic improvements, fuel-saving electronic Direct Steering and low rolling resistance tyres feature among the eco-measures implemented with this car, along with an ECO Start/Stop function to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. As a result, if you keep an eye on the optimum gearchange indicator, the E400's V6 petrol engine can return a combined economy figure of 39.2mpg and around 194g/km of CO2. Insurance is rated at group 44E. What else? Well, we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year unlimited mileage warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. It's also worth mentioning that the optional 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your E-Class Cabriolet to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

Normally, the one time you'd think you wouldn't want a cabriolet is when it's lashing down with rain. Yet in his E400 4MATIC model, even in these conditions, you'll fell pleased with your choice of executive convertible conveyance. In fact, here is a convertible you can use for roof-down motoring almost whenever you want. It can be cold or windy. Your journey may be at high speed. Or it may include rear seat passengers. Either way, it matters not. In few other five-figure soft-top will you find yourself retracting the hood quite so often. And that's the beauty of this car. It isn't the sharpest steer in its class. Nor is it the most lavishly equipped or the most affordable to buy. But it's the best at being all the things that typical executive cabriolet owners want their cars to be. If for you, petrol power is preferable in a car of this kind and the required budget for this variant is attainable, the E400 has a certain charm that could be difficult to resist.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency33.60mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • COMAND HDD navigation with CD/DVD/Radio, media interface, linguatronic, 10GB music register, SD card slot + online
  • Direct steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • AirMATIC suspension

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/aux-in in centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
  • AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof
  • Heated windscreen wash system
  • Illuminated door sill inserts
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Polished aluminium upper window surround
  • Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Twin exhaust pipes

Interior Features

  • 2 way rear head restraints
  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel in nappa leather
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient lighting
  • AMG floormats
  • Artico man-made leather upper dash trim
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Black roof lining
  • Centre armrest and door handle illumination
  • Child seat recognition sensor
  • Chrome door pins
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Easy entry seats
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Front seatbelt electric feeders
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Multi contour front sports seats
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Partial electric front seats/backrest/height adjust
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Storage net in luggage compartment
  • Stowage compartment with 12V socket
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Twin front cupholders

Packs

  • Interior lighting pack - E Class
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class

Passive Safety

  • ABS
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Crash sensor (auto door unlocking)
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front and rear window airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Head airbags
  • Seat occupancy sensor
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • High gloss black centre console

Wheels

  • Run flat tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.4
  • CO2 (g/km)
    189
  • HC
    0.037
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    72
  • NOx
    0.019
  • Particles
    0.0003
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2996
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    88
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    82.1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    33.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    42.2
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    25.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    333
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4Matic
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    41E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    333
  • Engine Power - KW
    245
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    354
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    49
  • Engine Torque - NM
    480
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    155

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1438
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4846
  • Wheelbase
    2873
  • Width
    1860
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2055

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2360
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    425
  • Max. Loading Weight
    515
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1845
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.61
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