2017 Mercedes C300 Cabriolet: Ahhhhh-Inspiring

Published: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 7:00 PM

2017mercedesc300cabriolet475Few cars can induce ahhhhhs like the Mercedes and the 2017 C300 Cabriolet is no exception. Newly redesigned for 2017, the C300 Cabriolet has looks and extras galore.

Outside the C300 has a flashy grille, chrome exhaust pipes and wraparound headlights. Inside it is packed with the latest gadgets and doodads with enviable luxurious touches.

2017mercedesc300cabrioletintThe base C300 convertible comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, 10-way power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, synthetic leather upholstery, 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks, the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch central display screen and a console-mounted dial controller, Bluetooth and an audio system with a CD player, dual USB ports, an SD card reader and HD radio.

A rearview camera is standard on the convertible as is a power-folding rag top, wind blocker, blind-spot monitor and a great system that blows warm air on the neck and shoulders of the front seat passengers, what an idea!

Options on my test model included the Premium 2 package adding NAV and a larger 8.4 inch screen, upgraded Burmester sound system, and ambient lighting. Also included was the Sport Package which gave the car AMG bodystyling.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gives the base C300, 241 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic trany makes the whole thing go. Expect to get 23/city, 31/highway, and 26/combined mpg.

The interior of the C300 combines the classic with the modern. Soft, supple leather and ash wood trim give the interior it’s classic vibe. The 8.4 infotainment screen with trackpad makes it modern. Front seats are well-bolstered and comfortable for long drives. Most front seat passengers will find there is plenty of room but backseat passengers should be saved for children or groceries.

The turbocharged 4-banger delivers plenty of speed and steering around the curves is tight and controlled. Even with the rag top, road noise is kept to a minimum. The drive is smooth with minimal jarring from bumps.

It’s Southern California, what better place to own a convertible? If you are in the market for a rag top and want luxury too, give the 2017 Mercedes C300 Cabriolet a test drive.