Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Should you buy one?

When the entry level E 220 d is as good as it is, it’s hard to see the case for going up the range unless you want 4Matic all-wheel drive - but undoubtedly the cachet of larger-capacity engines – and their badges - will be hard to ignore and diesel engine notes are rarely pleasant. As an indulgent luxury car the E 400 is really the only one to offer the exhaust note and effortless performance to suit.

Option packages represent good value too, with only the enhanced leather trim looking like an indulgence – the convenience and technology you’ll want is priced very competitively against similar upgrades from rivals, despite looking expensive as a pack.

Refinement, optional all-wheel drive security and cutting edge interior design position the E-Class Cabriolet as one of the most accomplished all-rounders you can buy today. It is a large car though, and benefits from the sensors and driving assistants to reduce stress when driving and parking in cities.

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