After redesigned the E-Class sedan and wagon last year, it’s now a two-door turn. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible is completely redesigned. Its ride on new platforms and boast richer design interior and more sophisticated driver safety features that keep Mercedes at the forefront.
Inside, the E-Class coupe now has the same excellent luxury aesthetics. As we expected, there are a large number of features available, including the latest nearly autonomous driver features. Whether you appreciate performance, comfort or technology in a midsize luxury convertible, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class must be at the top of your list.
For 2018, the E-Class convertible is fully redesigned.
Trim levels and features
Standard equipment for the E-Class E400 Convertible includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, automatic wipers, LED headlights, a sunroof, a power-folding fabric top, Mercedes’ Aircap wind deflector power-folding mirrors with heating, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive modes, driver-seat memory functions, power-adjustable front seats, premium simulated leather upholstery, a rear center pass-through and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats. Standard tech features include a rearview camera, a 12.3-inch display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation system, voice controls, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with a touchpad controller, a Bluetooth, two USB ports and HD radio.
Sport and Luxury versions are available for the E400 Convertible. The Sport get special styling details, bigger wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and brakes. The Luxury gets a different grille, some additional wheel choices and upgraded upholstery.
For the most part, all variants share optional package availability. The Premium 1 package adds keyless entry, rear cross-traffic alert, an automated parallel and perpendicular parking system, heated front seats, satellite radio, a wireless phone charger and a Burmester surround-sound system. The Premium 2 package includes the Premium 1 package content plus adaptive headlights with automatic high-beams, and a perfumed air freshener system.
The Premium 3 package includes all of the above along with active blind-spot assistance, forward collision and rear cross-traffic warnings and mitigation, a surround-view camera system, a speed-limit sign reader, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with steering and lane-change assist, a head-up display and Pre-Safe side and rear impact preparation.
The Warmth and Comfort package adds an adaptive air-ride suspension, additional sound and solar insolation, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded gauge cluster display, tri-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, rear side airbags, active multi-contour front seats with massage functions, a premium Burmester sound systems and rapid heating for upper door panels, steering wheel, front seats and heated front armrests. The Airscarf neck-warmer, various upholstery and trim options are also available.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Convertible is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that generates 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode is standard and sends that power to the rear wheels or all four wheels in the case of the 4Matic models. Also standard is an automatic stop-start technology, which shut off the engine in order to save fuel.
In performance testing, the all-wheel-drive E400 convertible accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which is a bit slower than most competitors. The EPA estimates fuel economy for the rear-drive models at 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway), while the 4Matic at 22 mpg combined (20 city/25 highway).
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible adopts a similar interior design as the flagship S-Class with a bold horizontal layout that extends from door to door. The central infotainment screen extends from the instrument panel, which can be selected with virtual instead of analog gauges. Like the S-Class, the E-Class interior has excellent material throughout and perfect craftsmanship.
The passenger space is similar to most other competitors in the class in terms of headroom, shoulder room and legroom. Seat comfort is also excellent, especially with the optional multi-contour seats. At the back, there are 10 cubic feet of trunk capacity, which shrinks considerably when the top down.
The standard Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system now features the latest interface that includes a touchpad hovering over the central dial. The touchpad allows users to use smartphone-like gestures to control the system, as well as alphanumeric input by searching with your fingertips. It’s not easy to use when driving, but the dial is just as intuitive as before.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Audi S5 Convertible, BMW 4 Series and Infinity Q60. Official pricing for the E400 Coupe starts at $66,000.