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Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet review: Convertible bond

Open top cars are riddled with compromises, but the Mercedes-Benz C 180 Cabriolet exemplifies their appeal

Published Fri, Feb 15, 2019 · 09:50 PM

Singapore

WHAT price glamour? Here's an easy answer in the context of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class: S$30,000. That's the premium you have to pay for a C 180 Cabriolet over the equivalent Coupe model.

The Coupe also has two doors and four seats, but if you want its roof to come off, you'll need a hacksaw, some muscle, and plenty of gumption.

In contrast, the Cabriolet is as ready to drop its top as an exotic dancer. Press a button for 20 seconds, and its cloth roof does a graceful act of contortion and vanishes under a cover. It all happens in near silence, whereas most open top cars do their thing to a chorus of whirring motors.

Making the roof go up or down is a trick you can pull off on the move, too, as long as you keep the speed to 50km/h or less, which is handy if you encounter a bit of weather, or if you spot a flock of b…

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