Driven: 2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet

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I’m no stranger to the W212-generation Mercedes-Benz E-class, having had the pleasure of driving the sedan, coupe, and cabriolet variants throughout the years. As we bid farewell to this generation, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of the most well-rounded offerings that Mercedes has ever produced.

If you’re familiar with the Mercedes brand, you’ll know that the E-class has always embodied its core values. Compared to the smaller C-class and larger S-class, the E-class strikes the perfect balance between size and space. With a range of engine choices and body styles, including a station wagon, the E-class caters to a diverse set of preferences. And while pricing may vary, it remains within reach for most buyers, making it an appealing option in its segment.

But while the E-class sedan might be the practical choice, the cabriolet is all about passion. Offering four real seats and a comfortable ride, it can even serve as a primary car for some owners. However, as with any drop-top, practicality takes a back seat. The E400 Cabriolet, in particular, has a small trunk and a higher price tag, reinforcing the perception that convertibles are more for pleasure than utility.

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However, I can’t help but be convinced that the E400 Cabriolet could, in fact, be an excellent primary car. It provides a smooth and comfortable ride, gracefully gliding over rough surfaces. The dashboard, though familiar, feels solidly built and user-friendly, while the adjustable heated and cooled front seats offer exceptional comfort. With the top down, the draft levels are impressively low, preserving your hairstyle even at higher speeds.

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These qualities were also present in the E350 Cabriolet, which we reviewed last year. However, the E400 sets itself apart with its V6 powerplant. Despite being 0.5 liters smaller in displacement compared to the E350, the addition of two turbochargers compensates for the difference. With an increase of 27 horsepower and 81 lb-ft of torque, the E400 delivers noticeable improvements in performance. Additionally, the more powerful engine manages to be more fuel-efficient, achieving an additional 3 MPG compared to the previous model.

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In practice, the E400 Cabriolet is not a speed demon, but rather subtly quick. It can keep pace with other sporty cars on the road, thanks to its well-calibrated 7-speed automatic transmission. However, it’s best to leave the paddle shifters alone and let the E400 work its magic. With the pace dialed back, you can fully appreciate the vehicle’s quiet competence.

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As we eagerly await the next generation of the E-class, we anticipate a long list of improvements. From increased power and efficiency to a larger, lighter, and safer design, the new model is sure to impress. However, it’s unlikely that it will capture the same essence as the current E400 Cabriolet. This model, with its tested price of close to $75,000, embodies the classic values of the Mercedes brand like no other. The new generation has big shoes to fill.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet

  • Base price: $62,275
  • Price as tested: $74,300
  • Options on test car: Premium I package ($3,430), Lighting package ($1,500), Sport package ($1,490), Lane tracking package ($875), Parking assist package ($1,290), Keyless-Go ($650), Heated/active ventilated front seats ($450), Metallic paint ($720), Nappa leather ($1,370), High-performance tires ($250)
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Powertrain:

  • 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 329 horsepower
  • 354 lb-ft torque

Observed fuel economy: 25 mpg

FAQs

  1. How much does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet cost?
    The base price of the E400 Cabriolet is $62,275, and the price as tested in our review was $74,300.

  2. What options were included in the tested car?
    The tested car included several optional packages, such as the Premium I package, Lighting package, Sport package, Lane tracking package, Parking assist package, and more. For a detailed breakdown, please refer to the article.

  3. What is the powertrain of the E400 Cabriolet?
    The E400 Cabriolet features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque.

Conclusion

As we say farewell to the W212-generation Mercedes-Benz E-class, the E400 Cabriolet stands as a testament to the brand’s core values. With its combination of style, comfort, and performance, it embodies the essence of a classic Mercedes. As we eagerly await the arrival of the next generation, we can only hope that it will live up to the high standard set by this remarkable vehicle.

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