It’s not exactly the ideal car for the weather recently but still, a huge thank you to Mercedes for visiting this week in this beautiful soft-top – the Mercedes-Benz C CLASS DIESEL CABRIOLET C220d AMG Line Premium Plus 2dr Auto!
The cabriolet used to be a popular in the UK. For many road users, the weekend-car used to be the epitome of success.
Having an enjoyable vehicle to drive on the weekends was very much the thing to aspire for. However, as the economic situation has changed/insurance has increased/space on the drive or garage has decreased, the actual reality of having a second car or weekend car has meant that the cabriolet has seen a decline in popularity.
While there are beautiful cars in the form the C-Class, the BMW 4 series convertible, the Audi A5 cabriolet (to name but a few), many drivers are forced to consider vehicles which meet all of their needs and requirements while not affecting their budgets dramatically. This is perhaps why the SUV and crossover type of vehicle has continued to grow at a considerable rate. Add to that the indifferent UK weather and you have a challenging market for manufacturers producing warm-weather type vehicles!
In terms of the car shown here, the C220d Cabriolet AMG Line Premium Plus 2dr Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Metallic – Obsidian black
· Artico leather – Black
· 18″ 5 spoke AMG alloy wheels in Titanium grey
· Soft top – Black
The car show is very much the ultimate in luxury for the C-Class Cabrio range; with only the C43 and 63 AMG sitting above. As standard you get a reversing camera, cruise control, sports suspension, LED lights, green tinted glass, rain sensing wipers, adaptive brake system, hill hold and hill start assist, AMG floormats, active park assist, Bluetooth, attention assist, COMAND navigation, collision prevention assist, DAD radio, media interface, keyless entry and start, sports seats, memory pack, storage pack, LED reading lights, sports pedals, 18” alloy wheels, airscarf (neck level heating), climate control, heated front seats and electric folding/heated door mirrors.
On the technical-side, company car uses can note the P11d at £45,335.00 and CO2 at 126g/km for a standard vehicle. As we recently discussed, the P11d value is instrumental in the calculation of your benefit in kind. With changes now making running a business contract hire vehicle more expensive, the individual driver does need to be educated on their tax position. The 2143CC 9 speed auto engine delivers 204ps, 0-62 times of 7.2 seconds and combined MPG of 57.7. Service intervals on the C-Class soft-opt are mileage based – every 15,500 miles.
Should you take a driver maintained or funder maintained deal on the C Class Carbio?
With servicing/tyres you do need to consider whether to elect for a driver-maintained contract or funder-maintained contract. In the former, you (or the business) are agreeing to service and maintain the vehicle for the duration of the contract. For some finance companies you have to use a Mercedes dealer but, in some cases, so long as you use genuine Mercedes parts (and this is carried out by a VAT registered garage) you are operating properly. In the latter, the funder-maintained agreement, all the servicing, maintenance and tyres plus breakdown recovery can be included for the duration of the lease.
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