2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet first drive review Page 4

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Ride comfort is every bit as good as you might expect from this long two-door, riding on an automatic air suspension—with raised mode for poor surfaces and a lowered “Controlled Efficiency” mode at 75 mph and higher.

This is one of the best convertibles on the market for back-seat space. There will be a little bit of negotiation if those in front intend to have their seats back all the way; but you can bring three of your best friends along—and not feel too bad about who ends up in the back seat.

Climate-control overload

Remember how great it is to have the heat on in a roadster on a cool, sunny day? The S-Class Cabriolet goes many, many steps past that. It has a Thermotronic intelligent climate control system with 12 different sensors and 18 actuators to help provide the right boost where it matters—a real challenge with the top down, though one which the system really rose to. A charcoal filter system removes odors from the cabin air, while a fragrance system will add them back at your whim; and in combination with the always-awesome Airscarf neck-level heaters (and yes, there are even heated armrests), we found plenty of comfort when we set out with cooler weather, and the system transitioned smartly to cool us later in the afternoon.

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Active safety systems are just as astounding here as in the S-Class sedan. There’s a pedestrian detection system, automatic emergency braking, cross traffic detection, adaptive high beam assist, a night vision system, and active lane keeping. Also of note in the Cabriolet is a special fully pyrotechnic rollover protection system, in which roof bars are deployed based on new yaw sensors.

There isn’t anything quite like the S-Class Cabrio; it’s simply more spacious and comfortable than the BMW 6-Series, and compared to the Bentley Continental GTC it’s not just more spacious but lighter and more nimble. It’s more practical and comfortable than either of those models; yet it feels less compromised than the current SL roadsters.

In the end, what makes the S-Class Cabriolet is what it truly is, rather than what it’s not. This is a truly comfortable four-seat convertible, one that looks glamorous—and makes you feel that way, too.


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