Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet Side View
Mercedes Benz E-Class

The standard audio system of the Mercedes Benz E-Class comprises a single CD with MP3 compatibility, radio, 8-speakers and a telephone keypad. The test car had quite a few of the optional extras in the form a DAB tuner (£320), the Harman Kardon surround sound system (£625), a TV tuner capable of receiving digital and analogue signals (£930) and the COMAND multimedia system. This latter comprises Hard Disk Drive navigation, voice control and 7-inch screen, a 6-CD/DVD autochanger and a media interface for iPods and the like.

AIRSCARF was introduced by Mercedes Benz in 2004. It is heating system that blows air onto the neck of the front seat passengers from the base of the headrests. For 2010, and especially for the Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet, the system has been upgraded and can now be adjusted by 36 degrees so that people of all sizes can benefit from the warming air.

In addition, we now have the AIRCAP system, which is a standard feature on both the SE and Sport trims. AIRCAP has two parts: a wind deflector that extends by 6cm above the top of the windscreen and a draught-stop between the two individual rear seats. The wind deflector can be activated at speeds of up to 99mph and in combination with the self-adjusting draught stop, ensures that even with the top down, the heat or the cool air-conditioning stays within the car for longer, so open air driving is much more comfortable during the cold months. It also means that you don't have to wrestle with a detachable draught-stop or use valuable boot space storing it and the two rear passengers can make the most of the ample leg-room.

Another thoughtful touch is that the seatbelt has been angled at 35 degrees to the occupant's shoulders, which stops the annoying thrapping noise that sometimes occurs in open-topped cars. Moreover, I particularly like the way that the seatbelt is pushed forwards, when you sit in the car, ready for strapping in.

The Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet's soft-top can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 25mph. It is available in black, blue or beige and the heated rear windscreen is made of glass, so it is scratch-resistant. The roof also offers great insulation from noise and temperature with low noise levels. Even more impressive is the fact that it will go through an automatic carwash without any problem. Should the roof fail, which is unlikely, the hydraulic system can be depressurised and the roof closed by hand.

When opened, the roof folds away into the boot but is separated from the main luggage area by a retractable cover. It does take up 90-litres of space but there is a remaining capacity of 390-litres.

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