One of the great advantages to living in a warm weather climate like I have been for the past year, is the fact you can drop the top on your convertible in January. While the Northeast and Midwest get crushed by winter snowstorms. I am riding around Orlando, Florida behind the wheel of beautiful Mercedes-Benz ragtop. But this is not just a Florida, Arizona, or California marketplace. Interestingly enough convertible sales are strong in many four weather states like Massachusetts and Michigan, but the months of usage are limited.
This 2015 E400 Cabriolet for Mercedes is the brand’s only four seat convertible and is stunning in design and execution. This not a high performance AMG variant but a well-constructed luxury car heavy on safety, luxury, and respectability,
Styling-wise, conservative is the word, but I really love the design DNA that has populated the entire Mercedes-Benz lineup for the last decade or so. For 2015, the E400 touts 4-lamp LED headlights set off the nose, which takes on a particularly aggressive form with a large Mercedes-Benz emblem on the grille. Two-door coupe and convertible models are roughly seven inches shorter than E-Class sedans, highlighted by the lack of a traditional B-pillar between the side windows. which look might cool.
Inside, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior offers profoundly comfortable seats, plenty of headroom and accommodating ergonomics all around. While wood trim is standard on most models, my test model had the sport package which included super comfortable heated and ventilated seats with a ton of available adjustments at your beck and call. The optional Harmon/Kardon 7 Surround Sound System with CD/DVD capability is fantastic.
The convertible top construction and the feel and look from the inside is world class. Talk about a country mile from the ragtop convertibles of the 1960s-80s.
I really enjoy Mercedes’ COMAND multimedia system with Bluetooth, it is great mix of modern technology with good old fashioned buttons. My test vehicle had the optional navigation which could use some improvements in accuracy. Perfect for top down cruising in even four weather states is the combination of heated seats along with Cabriolet variants can be equipped with the wind-taming Aircap and the Airscarf neck-heating systems. Very well done and it works great.
Under the hood the E400 is new model with biturbo 3.0 liter V-6 engine touting 328 hp and 354 lb feet of torque
matched to a perfect 7 speed auto. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mPG City and an impressive 29 MPG highway.
So how does the E400 drive? In one word: smooth. Steering is light but very accurate, brakes are excellent and overhanding is good. The new powertain does not disappoint and delivers some zippy 0-60 runs. It smooth and easy to drive, not a hot rod, not a luxury floater – just a perfect balance.
If you’re in the market for a four seat, luxury convertible and would love to own a Mercedes-Benz product, the 205 E400 Cabriolet is a great vehicle.