2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet Review: The Middle Way

– Phoenix, Arizona

The wealthy suburbs that surround Phoenix are perfect places to see and be seen in a Mercedes convertible – certainly the AMG GT Roadster went over quite well in that spot. Though for a pale-skinned Dutchman like myself, bringing you the full report of top-down action from under the merciless desert sun is not without danger.

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Still, this was my first crack at the C43 version of the Cabriolet, having already shared reviews on the lesser C300 and mightier C63. I knew it was my duty to put my fears to the side, slather on some SPF 50, and do the hard work of driving a rip-snorting convertible for the afternoon. Thank-you cards are always welcome.

 

 

 

Pros

Restrained, but not plain. Steven Ewing originally described the looks of the C Cab as “70 percent” of the current S-Class, and I think he nailed it. Mercedes is doing yeoman’s work with bodyside curves these days, and the C43 benefits with a trim top-down profile that still doesn’t appear slabby or graceless. I like the look more with the top down than up, but the shape really works alright in both configurations, which is rare when it comes to four-place convertibles.

Rear seats are clutch. You’re not going to find my six-foot, five-inch body in those back seats anytime soon. But the fact that they exist adds a lot of flexibility for the occasional baby on board, or just as a place to toss your bag when you have a passenger. I may be ...