“Along with AirCap, Mercedes also offers its AirScarf neck warming system for the E Cab. At the press of a button, air is sucked from the rear of the seats, warmed by exchangers, and sent to vents positioned behind the necks of the front passengers. The effect is stellar, heating heads and napes to comfortable levels in otherwise extremely chilly conditions not normally suitable for convertibles. It’s soothing and completely relaxing, just what you want in a sporty cruiser. Flip on the seat warmers too, and you’ll soon forget about its capable climate control setup.”

“It was pouring during a large part of our Tennessee test drive, and we were thankful to be encapsulated under the Cabrio’s nearly inch-thick top. By the time the rain’s Gatling Gun-like “smack! smack! smack!” traveled past the layer trio, barely anything was heard inside the cabin while traveling at freeway speeds.”

“Each pull of seven-speed’s right paddle reveals more grunt and speed. Although lively, the 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter’s deep note is a smidge too muffled for our tastes. Do the same throttle smashing in the E350, and its 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 lets out a higher-pitched, athletic yell. Speed builds gradually in both, and that’s not a bad thing for this Cabriolet lineup.”

“Comfortable in the cold, rain, and dry? Check, check, and check. Attractive? Yep. Amply powerful in both V-6 and V-8 forms? Uh-huh. Capable of being tossed around a little? Absolutely. Luxurious? Duh.”

Read the full Motor Trend Review here.

April 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm by Jesse Cannon-Wallace
Category: E-Class Cabriolet