2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet - Greater than a century before the creation of the vehicle, France introduced the world to the cabriolet: a two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage meant for brief jaunts regarding the town. The small carriage notably showcased a folding roofing that could be tucked away in good weather or raised to safeguard guests from nature's aspects. Although the cabriolet carriage was long back been successful by the vehicle, the principles of the 18th-century rig's technique folding leading survive on in modern-day convertibles such as the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 cabriolet. Initially presented for the 2017 design year, the C300 Cabrio is the newest participant of the German brand name's small C-class household.
Like Mercedes-Benz's bigger E- and S-class convertibles, the C300 cabriolet abandons a fancy retractable hardtop for an easier soft top. The power-operated towel roofing is well protected and stores under the cars and truck's integrated rear tonneau cover in less than 20 seconds as well as while taking a trip at accelerating to 31 mph-- a complete 20 miles per hour greater than the limit for the BMW 4-series convertible. (The C300's roof likewise can be elevated in less than 20 seconds, once again at accelerating to 31 miles per hour.).
While BMW claims the 4-series's retractable hardtop includes a tremendous 463 pounds to the two-door's curb weight, on our scales this C300 cabriolet, weighed a much less outright 236 pounds more than an in a similar way outfitted 2017 C300 coupe. The extra heft didn't appear to trouble the automobile's 241-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, which pressed the rear-wheel-drive convertible to 60 mph in 6.1 secs and also with the quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 94 miles per hour, numbers that are virtually identical to those of the C300 sports car.
A most likely reason the cabriolet equals the lighter sports car is its smooth-shifting nine-speed transmission, which subs in for the seven-speed device located in the 2017 C300 sports car as well as the car. (For the 2018 version year, all C300 body designs include the nine-speed automated; only the Cabrio had it in 2017.) The updated transmission additionally profited the C300's passing performance, with this cabriolet running from 30 to 50 miles per hour in 3.7 secs and also from 50 to 70 miles per hour in 4.6. Both times are 0.1 seconds ahead of the seven-speed C300 coupe.
Although fuel economic situation is ranked by the EPA at 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and also 25 mpg incorporated, we observed simply 22 mpg over the course of the cabriolet's stick with us. Nonetheless, we did manage to coax 32 mpg from the C300 on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy loophole.
Using $500 worth of 19-inch wheels covered in Pirelli P No Run Flat efficiency tires, the droptop C300 never desired for grasp. The sticky rubber and tight framework aided the compact convertible skirt around our 300-foot skidpad at 0.94 g. Stopping from 70 mph, nonetheless, consumed 158 feet of tarmac-- tolerable, yet 13 feet much longer compared to a 140-pound-heavier Audi A5 convertible on comparable rubber.
Our examination car also featured the $1325 AMG Line package, which brings a hostile outside body kit, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedal covers, and also package-specific adjusting for the suspension, guiding, as well as brakes. The firmer suspension together with the 19-inch run-flat tires' slim as well as unrelenting sidewalls intensified the cars and truck's stiff trip. We 'd recommend passing up the big wheels or the AMG Line plan. Or even better, skip both.
As in the car as well as the coupe, the cabriolet's indoor functions a contemporary control panel style and high-quality products. This C300's Crystal Grey vinyl seats (MB-Tex in Mercedes-Benz parlance), natural grain black ash timber, and brushed-aluminum trim items bestowed a small Scandinavian vibe to the German droptop's inside.
At a base cost of $52,295, the C300 cabriolet comes requirement with dual-zone automated climate control, a distance secret with push-button begin, LED headlamps and taillights, blind-spot tracking, as well as power, warmed pole positions with Mercedes-Benz's Airscarf neck heating systems. In addition, our $58,440 test auto likewise came furnished with the $2200 Multimedia plan (navigating as well as an 8.4-inch center display) as well as the $1750 Premium bundle that adds power-folding side mirrors, a costs stereo, a dividing within the convertible's nine-cubic-foot (leading up) trunk, as well as the brand's Aircap system, which depends on an electrically deployable looter installed in addition to the windshield header and also a wind blocker aft of the two petite back seats to suppress top-down turbulence.
The vehicle's sticker label was further inflated by a $750 coat of Selenite Grey paint and a vehicle locks for $150. Especially missing from the alternatives sheet were the $350 Smart device Assimilation package that includes Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto compatibility as well as the $1800 Motorist Help bundle that includes active-safety items such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and also automated emergency braking. As in the sedan and the sports car, four-wheel drive is a $2200 choice.
While the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 cabriolet's good-looking exterior, appealing inside, and also top notch soft top gives the automobile with an undeniable appeal, its brittle ride top quality makes this certain instance a high-pressure salesmanship versus more forgiving but similarly qualified convertibles such as the Audi A5. We 'd suggest you miss the sporty things and live much easier-- it is a cabriolet, nevertheless.