In 2016, Mercedes Benz launched the C Class Cabriolet, making it the most affordable convertible in the market with the Mercedes badge on it. A first look at it will immediately reveal to you that it looks like a C-Class sedan; in fact, both cars share the same platform, and are similar in terms of length, width and wheelbase.

Cabriolet panache

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have done a swell job in transforming the sedan into a convertible. At the front, the Mercedes Benz C-Class Cabriolet looks just like the sedan, while the rear looks like a scaled-down replica of the S-Class Cabriolet. The 17-inch wheels don’t do justice to the car’s stance; we would’ve liked bigger wheels filing up those wheel arches. However, the design does have a hint of sportiness to it. You get different colours to choose from, not only for the car, but for the fabric roof as well, which can fold and unfold in 20 seconds and the best bit is that it can be done up to speeds of 50kph.

Wind in the hair

Sitting in the driver’s seat, the Mercedes Benz C-Class Cabriolet gives you the feeling that you’re seated in the C-Class sedan. The dashboard is the same, and so is the premium feeling in the cabin. The contoured front seats are huge and feature full electric adjust while also getting cool belt-feeders. Space at the back isn’t great; yes, the doors open wide and the front seats slide forward electrically, but the upright backrest and limited headroom are the party-poopers here. Boot space decreases further when the roof is folded back in. The Mercedes Benz C-Class Cabriolet comes loaded with features like LED headlights and satellite navigation, a Burmester surround-sound system, 3-colour adjustable ambient lighting, front seats with memory and park assist.

Surge ahead

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have equipped the C300 with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine developing 241bhp and 370Nm of torque; the car sprints from 0-100kph in 6.4 seconds and if you’ve got a clear road ahead of you, it can do a top speed of 250kph. The engine has a good amount of punch and it pulls nicely from low in the rev range and the 9-speed transmission works well too. The engine sounds nice, but nothing to excite you or turn heads. However, when you start pushing hard, the engine starts to show it’s happy to be driven at the limit. The 9G-Tronic ‘box is quite responsive to manual inputs but using the paddles isn’t satisfying. It also comes with five drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport +. Even in Sport+, it doesn’t feel particularly sporty; it just feels like a comfortable cabriolet that likes darting around town. The steering is precise but the tyres start squealing if you corner too hard, plus there’s lots of body roll too. If you’re looking for a sports car, then you might want to consider looking elsewhere. The ride quality is great, despite there being no air springs. It soaks in bumps well for as long as you’re driving over them at parking speeds.

A perfect blend of style and luxury?

The refinement levels are excellent and the multi-layer fabric roof does wonders to keep noise away from the cabin; wind-buffeting is contained impressively too with the roof down. The ‘Aircap’ above the windscreen and another above the rear seats brings down turbulence to an extent. It is costlier than the Audi A3, which is smaller, but we think that’s fair enough. Just don’t expect sports car-like handling; it’s just a comfortable cruiser that can look very cool parked outside a restaurant.

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