The new E-Class Cabriolet is the latest in a long line of convertible four-seaters from the German company. This latest 2010 model is, in our eyes, the most stylish yet, combining the svelte lines of the coupe with a fabric, not steel, folding roof.
Why fabric? The jury is still out on the best option, and of the direct rivals to this Mercedes, only BMW has a metal folding top. Fabric certainly allows more design freedom, and with multiple layers that combine to 23.5mm thickness in this E-Class, they can be quiet and warm inside too.
The established Mercedes Airscarf system now has adjustable outlets for the vents that blow warm air onto your neck. The new 'Aircap' is a spoiler that rises from the windscreen to calm the turbulent air in the cabin.
The previous model, the CLK, was based on the smaller C-Class saloon. This E-Class Cabriolet owes a lot to the C-Class, but calling it an E-Class makes it sound posher.
As prices are actually down a touch that hardly matters. More confusing is the Mercedes insistence on model names that have only a passing resemble to engine capacity.