The seven-speed automatic transmission shift lever sat in the middle, but we hardly ever touched it, instead opting to use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shift levers. Detailed audio With the top down, the wind noise at anything over 40 mph is intolerable. This thick steering wheel has a flattened bottom and sculpted thumbholds above the spokes, a practical style for slaloms and S turns. Soon to be replaced by the 2012 model, it is not perfect but it is still a load of fun to drive in its own way. After hearing the jet enginelike volume during a bit of freeway travel, I brought up the side windows, which diminished the sound considerably even with the top still down.
The leather seats and Harman Kardon audio system made the cabin a pleasant place to sit while covering boring stretches of freeway, but the short wheelbase and excellent engine note had me thirsting for the tight turns of a mountain road. Although the cabin electronics interface takes a little getting used to, I've used it in enough cars to be comfortable with it. It stacks up in the trunk or unfolds itself, protecting the cabin from wind and rain. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. It has the better ride quality, agility, refinement, boot space and fuel economy. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557535695210 ; listingsSearchManager.
Plus, while the engine is more powerful, its character is more laid back. The trunk is limited; it's only 6. It's well-equipped with safety features, however. The wide rear tires kept the back end from losing grip and the engine kept up its aggressive growl. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. However, the cabin appointments would go a long way toward making up for any rockiness in the driving quality.
Head-and-thorax side-impact airbags and a knee airbag are standard, as are anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Why you wouldn't: Your third husband just died and in the process of writing the kids out of the will left you with tons of money. Eco, Sport, and Manual Like the car's new front-end looks, the engine helped me feel secure in my manhood as I got behind the wheel of this former chick car. Expect to see other cars in the Mercedes-Benz lineup adopt this nomenclature. Furthermore, there are detailed descriptions of safety equipment, features, production changes, recalls and common faults or problems. It also shows some topographic detail, but that didn't show up in the area where I eventually got to put it through its paces on mountain roads. We loved the road feel we got while underway in and around South Florida.
From the back, the car looks like a space pod, something that would be floating around the International Space Station in 10 years or so. The interior is a high-class, low-key affair with lots of dark leather and low-gloss plastic putting a priority on driver controls. By these rules, as a compact roadster can muster, so broad is its range. I particularly liked the quality and multitude of audio sources, along with the sound from the Harman Kardon system. To see a review from AustralianCar. Integrated roll bars with head-neck thorax airbags as well as a full complement of standard inflatables is there, should a shunt occur.
But it does get better mileage. Make no mistake about it, it all functions well and such, but anymore it is not as slick and cutting edge most of the other cars in the Mercedes-Benz stable. As I threw it through turn after turn, the suspension held the car down well, never letting it wallow, and the traction control light flickered here and there, but didn't interfere with the driving. As with most modern movable tops of this type, it is power-operated, doing a bit of origami on itself at the push of a button. For more information on the current roadster, see TheCarConnection's. Yes, folding hardtops are getting some flak right now, and Mercedes has proved a fabric roof can be incredibly refined and quiet with the E-class cabriolet. The breakthrough was in the hardtop roof.
Competitors in this segment include the , , perhaps the Boxster, and the late and lamented S2000. That short wheelbase meant nimble cornering and the steering was precise, and allowed quick turn-in. The estimated 0-60 mph time is 4. I reveled in the growl of the engine and the tossable maneuverability of this little roadster, but could see becoming annoyed with its performance when dealing with day-to-day traffic. Three roofs are available: the standard one, a panoramic roof, plus a second panoramic roof with Magic Sky Control — press a button and an electric charge runs through the glass, changing it from clear to a dark purple-blue tint.
Of those, the and have retractable hard roofs. The Bad In sedate driving, the seven-speed automatic can shift uncomfortably hard. As a gee-whiz option, Mercedes-Benz also offers an electroluminescent top that changes opacity depending on the severity of the sun. For better or worse, lots of secondary controls-particularly on the radio-have been uniformly designed and grouped in squadrons of matching buttons. Why you would buy it: It would look as good on you as that leopard skirt, and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.
Mercedes-Benz also tried to minimize turbulence in the cabin, which mostly seems to work with the help of a screen between the headrests. There's enough small-item storage in the cabin for short trips, but the trunk space is severely limited when the top is folded away, with only 6. The brakes are discs all day, with 13-inch perforated and ventilated platters in front and 11. The seating position is quite low, so visibility can be an issue; when the top is raised, it's particularly difficult to see to the rear quarters. In other words, about 22 seconds. A high-performance body dresses this model up. Moderately stepping on the gas pedal initiated gear changes that threw me back and forth in the cabin.
With 355 horsepower on tap, and a seven-speed automatic with paddles for shifting. A button near the shifter takes the car from its default Eco mode to Sport, then to Manual. The Bluetooth phone system and navigation seemed largely unchanged from other recent Mercedes-Benz models. I would never want Mercedes-Benz to go back to the torque converter gearbox, but maybe a little refinement of this one's programming would eliminate the jerks. The car felt light, offering nearly the quick handling of a Mini Cooper. Lane guidance helps with complex freeway junctions.