2019 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet vs. 2019 Bentley Continental GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

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Safety

The E-Class Cabriolet’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Continental GT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The E-Class Cabriolet’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The E-Class Cabriolet has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the E-Class Cabriolet and the Continental GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The E-Class Cabriolet comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Continental GT’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The E-Class Cabriolet’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Continental GT’s (5 vs. 3 years).

There are over 8 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Cabriolet’s warranty.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Bentley Continental GT is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Continental GT.

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Cabriolet can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Continental GT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Cabriolet’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Continental GT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 750 pounds less than the Bentley Continental GT.

Passenger Space

The E-Class Cabriolet has .6 inches more front headroom and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the Continental GT.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Cabriolet’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Continental GT doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the E-Class Cabriolet’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

On extremely cold winter days, the E-Class Cabriolet’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Bentley Continental GT isn’t available as a convertible, sedan or station wagon.

The E-Class Cabriolet is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Continental GT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Bentley Continental GT by over 55 to one during 2017.

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