Apr 19, 2011
Reviewed By Chester Allen
Price as Tested $63,240
Likes

Nothing beats cruising around with the top down in the Arizona desert, and this impressive mid-sized two-door did that very well. In general, I prefer a canvas top to a retractable hardtop, as the lines of the car aren’t distorted to fit the top. This top worked easily, and the M-B was remarkably quiet top up. As you would expect from an E-Class, the steering was tight and accurate, the interior was logical and classy (not the punish-you-austerity of the BMW 5 Series), and the instruments were easy to read. The fuel economy was better than advertised. I could complain about the lack of back-seat room, but this car was really made for two people, so I won’t.

Dislikes

This car didn’t have the pep I’d like to feel in a two-door Mercedes-Benz. There is almost no trunk room, which is the price you pay for that nice, no-worries convertible top. The navigation system remained a painful mystery for most of the five days that I drove the car. How can something that should be so simple be so complicated? Couldn’t they just outsource the GPS to Garmin and be done with it?

Verdict

This is a car that is meant to take two people—who know how to pack light—on fun road trips in sunny climates. The white of our car didn’t show its lines as well as a darker color, but it still stood out in the parking lot. This car is more fun than practical, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 17/25