17 January 2017

Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet 2016 car review

Open top luxury has just become a lot more fun as the Mercedes-Benz C-class is now available in Cabriolet form. Not only is the C200 Cabriolet an exciting and stylish vehicle that boasts an impressive list of standard features which emphasise its luxurious elements; its price tag is also very reasonable considering its pedigree.

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Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet 2016
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New Zealand models receive plenty of standard features, including metallic paintwork, 18” AMG wheels, AMG body styling, sports suspension, sports direct-steer system, LED intelligent light system and drive mode select. Inside, motorists also benefit from heat reflecting leather upholstery, Garmin Map Pilot Navigation, head-up display, electric front seats with memory function and Open-pore Black Ash wood trim.

Available upgrades on the C200 are the Aircap and Airscarf heating systems. Airscarf keeps the driver and their passengers warm in the cooler weather while still enjoying the fresh air generated with the roof down – no scarves are necessary. The warm air that’s released from the headrests around the neck and the heated seats create a very toasty ride. The Aircap system contributes to this by stopping draughts and minimising air turbulence that’s created by having the roof down. My passenger also found the Airscarf system extra handy as it doubled up as a hair dryer on the morning commute.

Designs taken from the S-class Cabriolet ensure that the soft-top is lightweight and exceptionally strong. It can also be easily opened in just 20 seconds during speeds of up to 50km/h. Throughout the testing process, the C200 was subject to 20,000 open and close cycles to ensure its reliability so you can be sure that the roof can open and close once a day for up to 54 years!

For those who are concerned about safety, there’s no need worry anymore. A roll-over protection system has been specifically designed for the Cabriolet, which incorporates two cartridges that are tucked away behind the rear seats. If the car is about to roll over, the cartridges are pyrotechnically fired out, providing a survival space together with the A-pillar

The boot may look small, but don’t be deceived as you can still stow a full size golf bag in there. The roof has its own pouch, so there’s no danger of items in the boot getting in the way. The two rear seats fold down 50/50 to add that extra length for skis, fishing rods or whatever else you wish to carry.

At a glance
Models C200 Cabriolet
Engine 2L Turbo 4 cylinder
Price From $89,900
ANCAP safety rating 5 star
Power 135kW
Transmission 9G-tronic, 9-speed automatic
Fuel economy 6.2-6.6L/100km combined
Towing capacity N/A
2WD/4WD/AWD 2WD (rear)
Seating capacity 4
Safety systems
9 airbags Blind spot assist
Collision prevention assist plus Pre-Safe®
Active bonnet 360 degree camera
Semi-autonomous braking Attention assist
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