2019 Mercedes C 300 Cabriolet: More to Love

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 8:06 PM

2019mercedesc300cabriolet475There’s a reason that many people sigh or stare when they see a Mercedes C 300 Cabriolet, it is the epitome of luxury, style and performance that so many of us seek. The 2019 version of the C 300 Cabriolet is no different, with a bit of a refresh from the last redesign two years ago.

On the outside the C 300 Cabriolet gets a facelift of sorts with updated headlights and taillights. Technology is upgraded by adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 10-inch info-screen makes everything easier to see and use. And just for the fun of it, Mercedes added extra power to the engine.

The C 300 Cabriolet comes in two trim levels one without all-wheel drive and one with all-wheel drive. It also comes in the sporty AMG model-level. This review will focus on the C 300 without all-wheel drive.

This model is loaded with features like a power-folding fabric top, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, and keyless ignition and entry. A 10.25-inch infotainment display and a console-mounted dial controller makes the Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual USB ports, and an audio system with HD radio system work. The Airscarf system, which blows warm air on the neck and shoulders of front passengers, and a removable wind blocker also come standard (I loved, loved, loved this feature. It was coldish and I wanted the top down with warm air blowing on my neck I was warm and cozy).

2019mercedesc300cabrioletintThere are all sorts of options available for the C 300 including the Premium package that adds an upgraded sound system, power-folding mirrors and an Aircap that deflects the wind in the cabin. The Multimedia package adds nav and enhanced voice controls. The Parking Assistance package adds a self-parking system and surround-view parking camera. The Drivers Assistance package adds safety features like a self-steering system, adaptive cruise control, plus other assists to help prevent collisions. All of these extras were included on my test vehicle.

My vehicle also had many AMG styling additions like larger 19” wheels, leather upholstery, and body styling additions. However, it sported the C-Class four-cylinder engine.

A turbo-charged four-cylinder engine produces 255 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 21/city, 29/highway, and 24/combined mpg.

The interior is nothing less than what you would expect from a Mercedes with plenty of high-quality materials and polished finishes. Seating up front is comfortable with lots of seating positions but the backseat room is limited and best suited for children.

Controls in the cockpit are easy to reach and most of the everyday functions like climate control and sound system are easily accessible. Lesser-used functions take a little looking around the system.

There’s not a lot of cargo space in the C 300 Cabriolet which is to be expected, the top takes up a lot of the available room in the trunk. There is 8.8 cubic feet of cargo space and the back seats do not fold flat for extra storage but that’s the trade off for driving down the road with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair. For that I’ll give up cargo space any day.

The C 300 is a speedy car with plenty of quick acceleration for passing slower vehicles or entering a freeway speeds. Steering is accurate and cornering is tight. The C 300 Cabriolet is a pleasure to drive with mixture of quality, comfort and drivability.