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2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet Review

High-Class Cabriolet

A three-quarter front view of a red 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet

In short: A powerful, good-looking, and advanced convertible.

his stylish and smartly-designed luxury cabriolet provides a posh drop-top experience that can be enjoyed all-year long. With the ingeniously-designed AirCap automatic wind blocker and AirScarf climate control, the E550 Cabriolet feels as quiet and comfortable as its coupe counterpart, while the convertible's extra roomy back row seating means that more than just the kids will be begging for a ride. Still feeling chilly? The E550's heated and active ventilated front seats and nearly one-inch thick cloth top is sure to keep you comfortable even in the worst of weather. Other driver-friendly features that provide for a more pleasing ride include Distronic cruise control and the COMAND system that offers the driver centralized control over the audio, video, hands-free calling and optional navigation functions. However, don't worry about getting too cozy. The intelligent Attention Assist driver drowsiness monitor senses sleepy behavior and gives audible and visual warnings to too-tired travelers.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile corrosion warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program

Base Price: $64,800 / As tested: $76,705

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door cabriolet

Engine: 5.5-liter DOHC 32-valve V8
Horsepower: 382 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 391 lb-ft @ 2,800-4,800 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed driver-adaptive manual

Curb weight:
4,048 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 185/79.3/55 in
Turning circle: 35.1 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS brake assist
Suspension: 3-link independent strut front with stabilizer bar; 5-link independent rear with stabilizer bar

electronic stability program with traction control

0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
15 mpg
EPA Highway: 22 mpg

driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags; front side window curtain airbags; driver and front passenger pelvic airbags; driver knee airbag; occupant classification system

Likes: solid build; performance; soft-top operable while car is in motion

Dislikes: mpg; price


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PNW060310 (Updated: 01/31/13 NW)