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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
It’s a four-seater, so fully grown adults can travel in the back with a minimum of fuss. The seats are quite upright, so we wouldn’t want to spend hours back there – but knee and shoulder room is more than adequate. A six footer could sit behind himself quite happily. If that were actually possible.
Bluster or turbulence is always an issue in cabriolets, but Mercedes is among the best in the business at turning swirling torrents of air into mere wisps. Its clever AIRCAP draught excluder (that sees one deflector rise up from the windscreen rail, and another from just behind/between the rear seats) isn’t as effective here as it is in the C-Class, though. At least not for those sitting in the front. AIRCAP also increases wind noise and looks a bit weird. Weird enough that anyone style-conscious enough to buy a cabriolet would probably leave that particular button well alone.
Nonetheless, even with the roof down and at motorway speeds you can still hold a conversation without raising your voice – that’s impressive. Stick the roof up, meanwhile, and you’ll soon forget you’re driving a cabrio at all.
For more on the E-Class Cabriolet’s dashboard and options, check out our review of the E-Class Coupe. The only difference between the two is headroom… in the Cabrio it’s basically limitless.