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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

For a convertible of this calibre, Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet running costs are not unduly expensive. Addmittedly servicing costs can be high but this is offset by the relatively frugal engine range - both in terms of emissions and economy.

Insurance isn’t cheap but it is on a par with alternatives, while the E-Class Cabriolet should depreciate at a slow rate.

Thanks to standard stop-start, accross the range, Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet emissions are surprisingly low - starting at 126g/km. Even the range-topping 327bhp E400 AMG Sport only chucks out 185g/km.

The new E200 engine uses a special lean-burn process to achieve some startline economy figures - 441.mpg. But it's the 47.9mpg and 156g/km E350CDI that impresses most.

Across the range, emissions and economy compare well with key alternatives from Audi and BMW.

Mercedes-Benz is back on form with its latest E-Class for build quality and durability, and the Cabriolet is no different. Previous engines have already been proven in other models, though the latest engines are relatively new. Still, we see no reason for concern and you can expect the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet reliability to be trouble-free.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,322 - £2,771 *
Diesel 131p £1,027 - £1,527 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.2 CDi Diesel 126 g/km (Min) £125
5.5 Petrol 257 g/km (Max) £570

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £125 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 36 - 48
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.