D.he demand for new convertibles has been falling for a long time. No wonder when there is less and less choice. Mercedes-Benz has also removed the open-top S-Class from its range and is giving the SL a break. But convertibles have a long tradition for Benz, the E-Class has been open-top for almost 30 years, about as long as the name has been used. The fifth series of the E-Class has recently been revised. In addition to a few retouches on the front, the most important thing is the new in-line six-cylinder that replaced the V6. However, it remained at three liters of displacement and 367 hp, but in the boost there are still 22 hp from the starter generator, which also assists when starting to reduce fuel consumption. This technology makes a 48-volt electrical system necessary in the E 450 4matic. In a convertible, the engine may not have top priority; four cylinders, two liters of displacement and 197 hp may also be sufficient in the E 200. Another variant of the four-cylinder has 258 hp and is called the E 300, there are also two diesels, which we are still strangling with in the convertible. But six pots and three liters are good in the E 400d 4matic for a hefty 700 Newton meters of torque. All attention. The petrol engine in the E 450 4matic has only 500 Nm, but that is certainly not a small amount.
All e-convertibles have in common a wonderfully lavishly made fabric top that opens or closes at the touch of a button in just under 20 seconds, even while driving at speeds of up to 60 km / h, and from a distance. The latter is a practical function because it is in an open convertible is easier to get into, especially if you want to go to the two rear seats. It’s less lush here than at the front, the backrests are steep, but there is reasonable legroom. Because the back seats are known to be particularly windy when the drive is open, Mercedes offers a few tricks. For a surcharge of 821 euros, a wind deflector can not only be raised electrically at the rear, a wind deflector also extends from the upper edge of the windshield, so that passengers three and four sit fairly protected. That both looks at least unusual should not be concealed. A conventional, manually assembled wind deflector is still on offer for 381 euros, but it turns the car into a two-seater. When the roof is closed, you sit pretty much locked in the rear, as in every convertible, and as in every two-door car, getting in and out of the second row is a gymnastics exercise. As in the coupé, all four windows can be closed at once.