A bit of a behemoth, in truth. This era of E-Class Cabriolet is longer than a prototype and scarcely 70mm wider of track. Not that a categorical controls aren’t formally undemanding, it’s only that a distance of a footprint and weight of a strengthened framework are tangible from a impulse we expel off a E400’s moorings and it slips kindly into motion.
To get to that theatre you’ll have swung open a long, immensely complicated door, slid aboard and substantially marvelled for a impulse during a attractiveness of a interior. With a further of some metal-dipped, roof-related switchgear during a front of a executive armrest, it’s matching to a tin-top coupe, with an array of frail digital displays juxtaposed opposite some-more required sweeps of wood, leather, and some plastic. It’s unconditionally apropos of a big-engined Riviera glorious with a cost that’ll transcend £60,000 once you’ve ticked a few options boxes.
And it is a glorious engine. With twin-turbocharging comes robust torque during low engine speeds – ideal for rub-down a E400 along with minimal bitch – and nonetheless extend those half-dozen cylinders and you’re rewarded with a serrated carol that’s customarily frail for a forced initiation setup. Supposedly, it’ll glow a automobile to 62mph in 5.5sec, that is adult there with a really discerning prohibited hatches, yet record never feel quite that frenzied, that we suspect is a intention. The claimed 39.2mpg meanwhile is a bit desirous in churned driving, yet you’ll conduct 35mpg during quick journey – distant from an annoying figure.
The immeasurable fabric tip – accessible in brown, blue, red or black – does a decent adequate pursuit of support a standards of excellence set by a coupe, yet breeze sound is undoubtedly amplified. It means review is no aria unless you’re holding advantage of an autobahn, and what competence warn we is that a many forward sound on a motorway is that of atmosphere crashing into cars we pass by.
Peeling a E-Class open is a work of 20 seconds and brings Mercedes’ headrest-mounted ‘airscarf’ vents into play. They’re a godsend on cold days, kindly warming a neck. You also have a ‘aircap’ breeze deflector, that pops out of a tip of a windscreen frame. It does an glorious pursuit of shortening turmoil in a cabin, though looks a bit ungainly and is shrill above 60mph.
Does this automobile float like a long-legged Mercedes soft-top should? For a many part, yes. However, that a atmosphere cessation (standard on AMG Line cars) is tasked with handling an additional 90kg brought about by a weight of a folding roof does tell. At low speeds there’s only a small too most penetration from ruts and bumps, though once adult to speed a E400 settles into a distinctively loose gait. To this end, we’d hang with a customary 19in wheels.
Don’t design scalpel-sharp dynamics. Body hurl is sufficient tranquil and traction is never a problem given a inlet of a driveline, though there’s really small communication of what’s going on down during a highway aspect and steering response is hulking during best. Very few people in a marketplace for this automobile will caring quite about possibly trait, of course.
One some-more thing: if it’s between this and a coupe for you, remember also that we remove 65 litres of foot ability to a roof mechanism.