• MisterZed

    When did the 7-speed automatic come out?  The Mercedes Australia website still shows the 5-speed as being standard on the E250.

    • Aleks

       It’s been out for quite a while now. First one I believe came out in 2003.

      • MisterZed

        Yes but all four cylinder Mercs until recently used a 5-speed.  The E-Class still uses them in the 4-cylinder diesels and E250 petrol models.

        • Anthony

           This E250 Cabriolet is a petrol model.

          • MisterZed

            That’s what I just said!!

          • Anthony

            Then sorry, I misunderstood you. The E250 cabriolet uses a 4-cylinder petrol engine mated with a 7-speed auto.

          • MisterZed

            We seem to be getting nowhere here.  Read my original comment – I asked when the 7-speed was introduced in the E250?  Because the Mercedes Australia site still shows it as a 5-speed.

          • Anthony

            Mercedes-Benz Australia are currently in the process of updating their website to show that the entire E-Class range (except AMG variants) come a 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic. I hope that is clearer for you.

  • gt86.com.au

    In red it must be every woman’s dream car :)

    • Rwihere

      My girlfriend here in Miami, Foida USA sure agrees RED is her favorite color. I’ve got the E350 as the four still isn’t available in USA yet. Just love it!

      • Kampfer

        Why bother with E250 in US… E350 is cheaper in US than E250 here in OZ.

  • Jazrod

    I think the hood shape of the E-Class Cabriolet looks very out of proportion when the roof is raised – however top-down it’s quite stylish. 

    The best looking Cabriolet in this class is BY FAR the A5/S5. It’s one of a very few convertibles that looks stunning top up or down (Aston Martin DB9 and Jag XK included). 

    Total shame there’s no E63 Cabriolet – open air driving in it would be an aural delight! 

    • Camski

      With regards to an E63, part of the problem would be the fact that the E Coupe is based on the C-Class platform, therefore making it a C63, with an E badge. Would conflict terribly with their marketing of the two cars, particularly due to the two engines they now use.

  • Tarquin, Hair Artiste

    The current E Class looks awful to me just like its S Class brother.

    • Judge

      I agree that the overall proportions of the coupe and cabrio are sublime, I think that the front light/grille treatment is too fussy, and the crease above the rear wheels would look more at home on some good ole boys, step-side ute!

  • Asdf

    This article seems like a puff piece to be honest. The E250 Cabriolet is not that great and the article tries hard to mask the negatives. It really does not seem independent at all.

    • Anthony

      I’d love to know why you think it’s not that great.

      • MisterZed

        Same here.  Not my cup of tea but couldn’t really fault the article or the car.

    • Stevo

      So what exactly are the negatives Asdf?
      Negativity is your specialty.

  • Vic

    Asdf doesnt know wat he is talking about.
    Do I sense a troll here.
    He states that the car has negatives but doesnt even mention one?

    • John

      Well there’s no overhead interior light and no rear parcel shelf to put your hat.

  • Asdf

    I personally think that the E Cabriolet is too much car for the engine. I test drove one and the whole thing seems too slow. This issue was skirted by the article. In a C Class Coupe, the engine seems better suited. In the E class, the 350 is much better.

    Admittedly, the rest of the car is fine, article just needs some more objectivity.

    • Anthony

      I disagree. In fact, what In said in my review of the car is this:
       
      “That said, jump on the throttle with any degree of urgency and you’ll
      immediately discover plenty of turbo lag. That is, until the rev
      counter starts climbing above 2000rpm and the E250 Cabriolet gets going
      with a fair degree of gusto.

      “Mercedes says the E250 Cabriolet will still sprint from 0-100km/h in a
      spritely 7.8 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to
      210km/h”.

      • Asdf

        Fair enough Anthony. A difference of opinion is fine and I welcome the discourse.

        Have you guys test driven the 350 Cabriolet? How would you compare it to the 250?

    • Camski

      I’m curious as to why do you think the engine is better suited to the C-Class Coupe. Talking numbers, granted there is ~150kg difference between the two cars with the same engine, however, if the E is too much car for the engine, so should the C. In fact, the C should be even more so ‘too much car’. They’re both based on the W204 platform (2,760mm wheelbase), however the C should be mildly more driver focused than grand tourer.

      Comparing apples to apples, the E-Class Coupe is only ~30kg heavier than the C-Class (i’m going to take a stab in the dark and bring it down to mostly sound deadening). Both cars should be more or less equally too much car for the engine.

      • Asdf

        The E coupe is heavier to begin with and once you add the extra features, it is heavier still. The cabriolet is even heavier than the coupe to take into account the roof mechanism. That futher blunts the performance of the 250 engine.

  • Derrg

    C-CLASS,C-CLASS COUPE(W204,S204 ยกเว้น C63 AMG COUPE),E-CLASS,E-CLASS coupe(W212,S212,V212),S-CLASS(W221),CLS-CLASS(W219,W219),SLK-CLASS(R170,R171,R172),CL-CLASS (C215,C216),M-CLASS(W163,W164),300 SL,190 SL,SL-CLASS(R231),GL-class(X164),GLK-class(X204) เป็นรุ่นเกาะถนนต่ำ แหกโค้ง ท้ายปัด ทำให้เพิ่มอัตราสิ้นเปลื้องใน ต่ำกว่า 1 กิโลเมตรต่อลิตร

  • sennin_ninsho

    C-CLASS,C-CLASS COUPE(W204,S204 ยกเว้น C63 AMG COUPE),E-CLASS,E-CLASS coupe(W212,S212,V212),S-CLASS(W221),CLS-CLASS(W219,W219),SLK-CLASS(R170,R171,R172),CL-CLASS (C215,C216),M-CLASS(W163,W164),300 SL,190 SL,SL-CLASS(R231),GL-class(X164),GLK-class(X204) which are low grip road,unstable,contorl point 0 in performent forever with below 1 km/litre. 

  • prumm

    That is an amazing consumption figure! Is there a diesel review coming out soon, because with 500NM and compression ignition, I’d love to see real world consumption figures on that – realistic dream car!

    • Phil

      We’ll probably still get some nutter commenting in here about how the Lexus IS250C is far more efficient (despite the fact it uses far more fuel @ 9.3L100km).

  • Nik1

    There must be something wrong with my E 250 then, cause i drive it very sensibly and still can get anywhere below 13L/ 100 Km. Any suggestions?

Mercedes-Benz E250 Specs

CGI AVANTGARDE : 1.8L TURBO MPFI - 7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
MERCEDES-BENZ
Model
E250
Variant
CGI AVANTGARDE
Series
212 MY11 UPGRADE
Year
2012
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
1.8L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
310Nm @  2000rpm
Max. Power
150kW @  5500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
90.9W/kg
Bore & Stroke
82x85mm
Compression Ratio
9.3
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.27
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
80
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.2L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1650
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1471mm
Length
4568mm
Width
1854mm
Ground Clearance
155mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1900  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.3
Front Rim Size
8.0x17
Rear Rim Size
8.0x17
Front Tyres
245/45 R17
Rear Tyres
245/45 R17
Wheel Base
2874
Front Track
1585
Rear Track
1604
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seats
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, PreSafe
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Heated Front Seats
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Package
AMG Styling Wheels & Body Pack, Competition Package
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
24 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-O-18
Country of Origin
GERMANY