The Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet: A Year-Round Convertible

January 25th, 2017 by

The Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet: A Year-Round Convertible 

By Megan Busch

I’m not a girl who knows a ton about cars. I’ve driven Jeeps all my life (as has my mother), and I really haven’t veered off that track—ever. So, I’ve teamed up with the group at Baker Motor Company to try new things, namely cars outside my norm. A few times each month, I’ll be driving one of Baker’s cars and letting you know what I think. This isn’t going to be a series of Car and Driver or Motor Trend reviews. It’s just a girl sharing her honest opinion about some nifty vehicles.

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Is it possible to have an emotional reaction to a car? Because I’m pretty sure I just did. Perhaps it was because my husband had been sick and we had stayed inside all week, or maybe it was because the days prior were rainy and dreary in Charleston. But when I sat in this convertible, put the top back, and turned Darius Rucker on the sound system, it was absolutely magnificent. I was actually happier sitting in this car in the 75-degree sunshine than I had been in days. I felt like I was having the perfect Lowcountry experience. The Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet was just what I needed to break the monotony of the preceding week.

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A Convertible for Any Time

When I was considering putting together this blog, I thought, Would I like this car just as much on a cold day in the middle of Charleston’s four-week winter? As it turns out, Mercedes-Benz thought of this dilemma too. Normally, a convertible is only great in the summertime when the sun is shining and it’s warm outside. This is the relatively limited timeframe when I can enjoy the top down on my own Wrangler. If it drops below seventy, I’m freezing on the interstate even with the heat blowing full blast. Mercedes-Benz wanted to fix this issue, and they did with the C300 Cabriolet.

Several features work together to allow drivers to enjoy the top down even in colder months. AJ Geffert, Executive Manager at Baker Motor Company, said that he’s driven the convertible on a 42-degree day, and after feeling the various heating and wind-blocking elements, I can believe it. To start, there is a small wind deflector that can be activated on the top of the car. This, in combination with rolling the side and back windows up, pushes the wind out of the car, only allowing a small amount to get in the cab and blow your hair around. Two features on the seats work to keep the driver and passenger warm—traditional heating capabilities and a heat vent that blows warm air on the back of the neck from the headrest called an Airscarf. Add the car’s standard precision heat settings, and you’ve got a warm ride on a cool day, even with the top down!

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Integrated Technology

Before I test drive these vehicles, I normally don’t take the time to pair my device with the infotainment system. This time, I did. It was great to hear my own music blowing through the Burmester speaker system. My iPhone synced flawlessly via Bluetooth. I was able to integrate maps, and when I left the car, my phone actually alerted me exactly where my car was, eliminating the annoyance of losing a car in a parking lot. The C300 had all the standard technological features I could want in a vehicle.

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Drawing Conclusions

Not only was this car exciting and smart, but honestly, it’s super sharp too. Mercedes-Benz really upped the wow factor by installing deep red leather seats that complement the white exterior and black dashboard. Overall, this was one of the most fun cars I’ve driven, except for maybe the Porsche 718 Boxster. Unlike the Boxster, though, the C300 Cabriolet was a little more practical; it had back seats spacious enough for an average adult, plus plenty of storage space in the trunk. Yet, it still has that sports-car convertible feel. It’s 75-degrees out again today—why not take the C300 for a spin?

 

About this 2017 C300 Cabriolet

2.0L Inline 4-Turbo Engine

241 Horsepower

Polar White Exterior

Cranberry Red Leather

Natural Grain Black Ash Wood Trim

Eco Start/Stop

Steering Wheel Mounted Shift Paddles

Bluetooth Connectivity

Keyless-Go

Airscarf

Collision Prevention Assist Plus

Premium 2 Package

Sport Package

Price: $50,900

Test drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-300 Cabriolet at Baker Motor Company in West Ashley or Mercedes-Benz of Mount Pleasant.