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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

First Drive: 2014 E-Class

Though renowned for its Mercedes has traditionally reserved its driver-assistance and safety technology for crust models like the CL and

With the introduction of the 2014 Mercedes has decided to share the packing in a host of digital along with a handsome ultra-efficient turbo diesel and wicked pair of E-Class (a wagon and sedan) that the himself would be proud of. Mercedes reps didn’t right out and say it, the result is a car that you feel safer inside a bank vault, and virtually of driving itself when the calls for it.

Just how capable is the E-Class’ driver tech? Mercedes’ recommendations, I took my off the wheel – and into the hands of a – to find out.

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I’ve extensively about autonomous for a while now, but I’m still for a car I can get in, tell it where I want to go, and it care of the rest.

That’s not what we have with the E-Class, but apart from the Car and Toyota’s own AASRV. the 2014 is as close as you’ll get to driving a car doesn’t really need input – at least until new S-Class flagship hits lots in the coming months.

Most notably, Distronic adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Steering will let you take your off the pedals and your hands off the entirely at highway speeds – for a while, anyway.

Flicking an stalk to the left of the steering engages Distronic Plus. there the car continues to chug at its current pace without foot on the gas, just regular cruise control. But traffic slows to a crawl, the E-Class reacts by slowing on its own and picking up again as traffic to move. It can even bring the car to a stop, with only a tap of the gas needed to re-engage the system it has fully stopped moving.

… a rep once confided in me that a luxury car was easy… Creating an car worth giving two craps he said, was the hard part.

has offered Distronic Plus in models years, but Steering is brand new – and far more impressive. It the car to automatically steer itself to slight variations in the road. didn’t approve, but I was able to my hands completely off the wheel and let the car itself on roads with markings that were visible. The system isn’t to function that way though, is why after about 10 seconds or so the car that my hands were off the and kindly flashed a graphic in the LCD to scold me for misbehaving.

Despite my best efforts, isn’t a way to game the system, so thinking that they can relinquish control of the car for prolonged of time is out of luck. Even my index finger placed on the wheel the E-Class knew I really “steering” the vehicle and reminded me to place my hands on the wheel.

In short bursts, the E-Class really feels it’s driving itself, and a totally surreal experience to the car going around slight and keeping itself in the center of the – and at a distance from cars – all on its own.

The Driver Assistance even includes an Active Keeping assist system applies one sided braking to the most tire and pulls the car into the road when it the car veering off the side of the road. Up this year, the system was able to pull the vehicle into a lane when it a solid line, but Mercedes has the system so that even if the car is off into oncoming traffic, and a striped-lane marking is detected, it still pull the car back the lane to avoid a collision.

Driving through the snaking roads along our route to the coast wasn’t exactly the environment to test out Steering or Distronic Plus, but I managed to do and was surprised at how well the system was to follow the curve of the road. it’s only capable of slight turns, but for car tech it’s an undeniably awesome to get a of the future in a modern car.

The has some tricks for the city, An automated Parking Assist maneuvers the car into spaces all on its with the driver only for operating the gas and brake pedals. In models, a 360-degree camera to the E-Class that gives a perspective – a top-down view of the car and its surroundings along with guide lines that parking and navigating tight at low speeds a breeze.

When all wrong

For all its swanky autonomous-driving the E-Class also has an impressive of standard safety features for less-than-everyday situations. Like you’re about to crash.

Plus adaptive cruise will let you take your off the pedals and your hands off the entirely at highway speeds…

Collision Prevention Assist front-facing radar to scan the directly in front of the car, off an audible warning to drivers if a rear-end collision is detected. An brake assist automatically the appropriate amount of braking even if a driver hasn’t firmly enough down on the

If you intend to take the E-Class on hauls, Attention Assist can prevent you from ending up in a when all that coffee to wear off. It continuously 70 different parameters to measure alertness. We’re not at the point the E-Class can just whip up a cappuccino for its drivers, but a visual and warning will let you know it’s time to find a Donuts or a hotel.

In the event measures fail and crunching metal is inevitable – a collision or – the E-Class still has you covered. A called Pre-Safe prepares the by tightening front seatbelts, the front passenger seat, and the car’s windows and sunroof, all in an to protect occupants moments a collision. Like the other tech crammed into the Pre-Safe is one of those of things hope you never have to use but you have onboard.

If you shell out for the driver assistance package – now in the E-Class for the first time – get even techier.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Two stereoscopic mounted just in front of the mirror sit 45 degrees apart, scanning distances of up to 1,600 ahead of the car. At a distance of 165 they can even differentiate other cars, pedestrians, and A central control tells safety systems what to do it spots a potential collision. For the car could autonomously brake at a a split second before into a pedestrian, or warn the of a potential collision and apply the level of braking as soon as the steps on the brake pedal.


After an evening’s of adult beverages, a Mercedes rep confided in me that designing a car was easy; automakers can simply money at a model and hope all the and cash results in something buying. Creating an economy car giving two craps about, he was the hard part.

If you’re for the closest thing on the market to a self-driving car, Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class is it.

Despite the challenge, the E-Class makes conjuring up an mid-size sedan that all the right boxes look It’s fun to drive, handles a dream, and the raucous roar of the cabriolet’s 4.6-liter biturbo V8 was enough to give me goose Even the thrifty E250 with its 2.1-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, cornered a champ and provided an impressively ride, despite being by only 195 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of

While technically a mid-cycle Mercedes says the tweaks and to the 2014 E-Class just as constitute a redesign. And at first it’s clear that a deal of sex appeal has been into the entire E-Class

But more than just sheet metal, the E-Class’ features lie in tech – including autonomous driving features make this car one step from having a heartbeat. If looking for the closest thing on the to a truly self-driving car, 2014 E-Class is it.


of driver assistance tech

engines, even the diesels

facelift adds more and style to the entire E-Class


Various packages total price very

Seating isn’t as comfortable as it be

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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