2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

Judging from reactions as I drove it for a week, people love the look of Mercedes’ new C300 Cabriolet, especially with optional AMG styling tweaks and wheels.

There are four top colors available including the black on our review car. You can put the top down at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. An air scarf system blows warm air onto your neck on chilly days. Hit a button for the rear wind deflector to pop up, and the same switch activates an air deflector on top of the windshield. It’s very effective at keeping things calm in the cockpit.

Bengal Red and black interior is a $3,000 option. Our review car also has the $7,000 Premium 3 Package that includes a full suite of electronic driver aids, intelligent LED headlights, navigation, and Burmester premium sound.

The nine-speed automatic has a column-mounted shifter because the confusing electronic interface takes up much console space. Row two is as tight as expected, but the seat backs fold to extend cargo space. Trunk space is reduced by the folded top, typical of any convertible.

Tthe 2.0-liter turbo four has 241 horsepower for adequate performance. Our review car has optional all-wheel-drive and handles quite well, especially when you choose Sport Mode.

So, for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet, I say thumbs up to the styling, well-appointed interior, and good handling; thumbs down to the confusing electronic interface and pricey options.

I averaged about 26 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker price is $69,125.

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