Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review

Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review

Many years ago when I was a youngster, a music video with Olivia Newton-John used to play on the television that featured the Australian singer driving a silver Mercedes-Benz convertible.

Now I can’t remember the name of the song, but the image of the sleek looking silver-grey Mercedes-Benz convertible with the three pointed star badge taking pride of place on the bonnet has never left my consciousness.

2015 E 250 Cabrio side profileMercedes-Benz have never yet managed to produce an ugly convertible or cabriolet, and the new E 250 is no exception. It’s design is pleasing to the eye, regardless of whether the roof is 2015 E 250 Cabrio rear 3:4lowered or raised into place.

The Night Edition is a limited production model which adds a number of optional extras to the E 250 Cabriolet at no extra charge to the usual retail price of $118,900.

So depending upon the model chosen (sedan, 2015 E 250 Cabrio interiorcoupe, or cabriolet), prospective Mercedes-Benz buyers will enjoy the benefit of added value between $15,000 and $19,000.

Spec

Key standard features on the E 250 Cabriolet include the Comand APS with reversing camera, the driving assistance package plus, Keyless-Go, and the LED intelligent light 2015 E 250 Cabrio bootlidsystem.

Our Night Edition test car arrived in the Palladium Silver Metallic paint and was fitted with the Black AMG Leather interior.

The Night Edition package consists of a number of items and packages such as the instrument panel in Nappa leather, the Vision Package, the AMG Sport package plus, and the night package with striking design elements in 2015 E 250 Cabrio grilleBlack.

Normally the Vision Package would be an additional $3300 for which the car is equipped with the 360 degree camera (which is a godsend when the roof is raised as the rear view has some rather large blind spots) the Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, an anti theft alarm with tow away protection and an interior surveillance system.

2015 E 250 Cabrio ILSThe instrument panel in Nappa Leather is normally a $1000 extra cost option, as is the Harmon Kardon Logic 7 system which costs $2250.

But it is the $7100 AMG Sport Package Plus option that is added at no additional cost, which really gives the Night Edition its own individuality, and sets it apart from the standard cabriolet model.

2015 E 250 Cabrio front 3:4The exterior of the E 250 Cabriolet Night Edition is distinguished by the addition of AMG body styling comprised of the front apron, rear apron, and side sill panels. Theres an AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid which is painted in the same colour as the body, and the finishing touch are the four 19 inch AMG 7-twin-spoke alloy wheels painted in high gloss black with a high sheen finish.

The Night Edition also benefits from the Dynamic handling package as well, in addition to the agility control sports suspension.

Power

The performance from the direction injection 2-litre turbocharged engine combined with the 7G-tronic automatic transmission is excellent. I’ve praised this particular unit before when we sampled the E 250 Special Edition sedan, and my opinion remains that the humble 2-litre four is no longer humble.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the engine power is rated at 155kW and maximum torque is 350Nm. Whilst it may not have the pin-you-in-the-seat thrust of a AMG V8 or turbocharged six-cylinder V6, when in normal mode the E250 has more than enough get up and go, and this turbocharged four-cylinder never seems to run out of puff despite propelling what is a fairly heavy car.

It’s heavy because of the huge amount of active and passive technology on board, not to mention the folding roof mechanism, the electrically operated and heated front seats, and the driver assistance systems.

That said Mercedes-Benz quote a zero to 100km/h sprint of 7.5 seconds, and a combined fuel economy of 6.5L/100km which is more than respectable for a mid-sized cabriolet.

Inside

Not only has Mercedes-Benz equipped the E250 Cabriolet Night Edition with heated front seats, these are also fitted with the Air Scarf, a rather nifty invention that blows warm air from an aperture just below the head rest onto the back of your neck and shoulders.

As part of the AMG Sport Package Plus option, the E 250 Night Edition benefits from a number of luxury touches including the three-spoke AMG sports steering wheel in Nappa Leather with contrasting red topstitching, black leather upholstery again with contrasting red topstitching, and this combination of upholstery and stitching is also found on the centre console armrest and door centre panels.

To complement the dark textured-grain aluminium trim, there are brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs for extra grip, black floor mats with AMG embroidery and red edges, and the seat belts are also usually red in colour but can be changed to black if required, as seen in our test vehicle.

In typical Mercedes-Benz style, the cabin is functional, beautifully put together, and once you master the myriad of controls around the dash and the steering column, using the features while driving becomes intuitive.

Experience

The advanced design and technology of the modern cabriolet (or convertible) now allows you to enjoy top down motoring all year round except when it’s bucketing down with rain.

I did get caught out once with the weather, and found myself driving into a rain shower, but by maintaining open road speed the raindrops thankfully passed over the car rather than landing inside the cabin, but I did manage to pull off underneath a motorway over bridge and put the top up.

You can raise or lower the fabric cabriolet roof while on the move up to 40km/h but I much prefer to operate this while the car is stationery and parked on a level surface. I still have nightmares about borrowing a friends Peugeot 307 cabriolet once and the electrically operated roof jammed halfway through being raised simply because the car was parked on a slope and the mechanism didn’t like it!

No such problems in the E 250 Cabriolet, but once bitten twice shy!

The ride and handling is also quite exceptional for a car that has a fabric roof rather than a rigid steel structure, and there’s not a hint of the dreaded scuttle shake, that afflicted many convertibles of yore.

Despite riding on low profile rims and tyres. and being equipped with the agility control sport suspension with the dynamic handling package, the Night Edition provided a reasonably comfortable ride over all the different roads we travelled during our week with the car.

With the top down but the windows up I was able to drive comfortably at motorway speeds, and never felt cold or uncomfortable. The sound system does a superb job of providing good quality music even when the roof is lowered.

I was also grateful for the front and rear parking sensors working in conjunction with the 360 degree camera when manoeuvring the car through a parking building or parallel parking. I was particularly anxious not to damage the inside alloy rims on any leaping kerb stones or raised medians.

It was also nice to know that if you were distracted momentarily, the car would send an audible warning if you were getting too close to the car in front. No doubt this feature will save many embarrassing nose to tail incidents in the future.

Verdict

Being a cabriolet there are always compromises, and in the case of the Night Edition this would be rear legroom for the passengers and rear boot space due to the folding roof. The rear seats are more suited to carrying small children or dogs, and a weekend away will require the use of soft luggage that will slide underneath the plastic shroud in the boot that protects the roof when folded down.

There was no way I was going to fit myself, four rugby players, and a 96 litre chilly bin in the Night Edition, but fortunately I also had the use of a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV as well that weekend.

But most people don’t buy cabriolets for their practicality, they buy them for their style, performance, and the ability to drop the top whenever the mood takes them. I particularly enjoy driving convertibles at night because it adds a different dimension to the experience being able to view the stars above.

The E 250 Night Edition cabriolet easily meets this criteria but limited production numbers from the factory means those buyers ought not to dally too long.

Price: $ 118,900

Pros:

  • Fast, comfortable, well equipped
  • Good value proposition
  • Excellent build quality

Cons:


  • Tight rear legroom
  • Restricted boot storage

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