2011 MercedesBenz EClass Cabriolet Auto Review

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Open-air elegance

Kirk on 05.24.2010

To some, cars are meant to get us from A to B. To others, extensions of our personalities, status and/or machines to be truly One of the most delightful ways to motoring is to experience it with the top and there is hardly a better or elegant way to do it than in a Mercedes-Benz.

New Convertible

One strategy was to use the AirScarf from the company’s other AirScarf uses a blower and heating element in each seat to blow warm air the necks of front-seat occupants, goes a long way to keeping comfortable. The second strategy was to AirCap, which consists of two deflectors, one that pops up the windshield header and another rises between the rear The front deflector routes air the cabin and the second prevents a of air into the interior. For the system to be effective, however, all four windows must be raised, is the automotive equivalent of wearing a protector with an Armani

Cabriolet Form and Function

tried AirCap and AirScarf the press launch in Knoxville, we can say that these systems work. With the temperature in the AirCap and AirScarf kept comfortable and the cabin temperature than the outside temp. We be perfectly at home using it in weather, even when on the freeway. Most convertibles turn you into a Popsicle it’s that cold. we can’t back up Mercedes’ that the E-Class Cabriolet is a convertible, we can say that it will do the job during any season but a cold, winter. If your winters include snow, the E-Class will definitely suit you all round.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the same size as the E-Class Both use a platform that is seven inches shorter that of the E sedan, with a more than four shorter. Compared to the outgoing CLK structural rigidity is up 30 percent, translates to a solid road and very little cowl even over bumps.

The Cabriolet comes in two flavors, one bland and the other more The $56,850 E350 is motivated by a V6 that makes 268 horsepower and 258 of torque. The $64,800 E550 a 5.4-liter V8 that puts out 382 and 391 pound-feet of torque. Both come only with a automatic transmission with shift capability. Thanks to a engine management system and control of the alternator, power pump, and fuel pump-all of only use engine power needed-fuel economy is up five for both engines at 17 mpg city/26 for the E350 and 15/23 for the E550. improvement was enough to eliminate the tax on the V8.

The bigger problem with the Cabriolet is that it’s not as to drive as the E550. Power is there when you put your to the floor, but otherwise the V6 is a bit too docile. both models use the same geometry, the E550’s electronically Dynamic Handling Suspension a better job of limiting body and keeping the car on its intended path, with the heavier front end due to the V8 The V6’s Agility Control tuning is softer, creating a that the driver has less The available Sport suspension things up a bit in turns, but it still feel as buttoned down as the standard setup.

Aside from handling, the V8 is also much more It launches the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 which is muscle car territory, yet smooth and refined. Stab the and the E550 roars to life, a refined growl. Power is available at any speed, making a breeze. Between power and handling prowess, the E550 is the one to buy. Despite the impressive Mercedes is also working on a new V8.

all E-Class Cabriolets offer a Mercedes-Benz interior, which is to say and elegant, if a bit austere. Occupants are by quality leather and soft-touch everywhere they can look and The gauges have a fine quality, but the sheer number of can be daunting to technophobes. In addition, the navigation and entertainment controls are run the automaker’s COMAND system, uses a rotating controller on the console. Like other of its kind, COMAND can take time to learn and complicate otherwise simple tasks.

Front seat occupants plenty of room, but back legroom will be tight if seat passengers are average height or taller. The trunk is for a convertible at 11.5 cubic of cargo volume, and room is by a standard ski pass-through. Note, that with the top down, volume is reduced by 30 percent. open-air driving we were to fit two carry-on luggage bags there, but just barely.


All things considered, the 2011 E-Class Cabriolet has many over its open-air competitors. In to offering more space for and cargo, it’s quieter, powerful, and the new AirCap and AirScarf really do extend the top-down Other convertibles may be sportier or affordable, but none match the comfort and prestige of the E-Class (www.mbusa.com)

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