Convertibles are invariably associated with long lazy summer days, and the feeling of the wind blowing in your hair. However, come wintertime, the idea of 2 degree Celsius wind blowing your hair starts to sound a lot less attractive! Mercedes-Benz have come up with some innovative solutions, and the new E-Class Cabriolet Hong Kong luxury automobile has a raft of modifications that, theoretically, mean that you can enjoy that freedom and joy of top-down driving all year round. So, do the modifications work? We ‘review the reviewers’ of this Hong Kong five star automobile to see if the E-Class Cabriolet is truly a convertible for all four seasons.
E-Class Cabriolet – Four Seasons Features
The two main features that differentiate the E-Class Cabriolet from all the other ‘summer’ convertibles in the class are the AIRCAP and AIRSCARF systems.
AIRCAP: This retractable spoiler is mounted to the top of the windshield, and diverts air over the passenger compartment to create a quieter, more comfortable ride. The mesh windbreak between the headrests of the rear seats helps cut down wind buffeting, also.
AIRSCARF: The AIRSCARF system is mounted in the headrests, and blows warm air over the occupants’ necks when it is in effect.
Additionally, if you decide that AIRCAP and AIRSCARF won’t be able to help you (for example, if you’re about to start highway or freeway driving), the cloth roof on this Hong Kong five star auto is fully electrically operated and can be either opened or closed at speeds of up to 40 km/h.
Does it work?
The general consensus among reviewers (and indeed, this concurs with the manufacturer’s recommendations for the devices!), is that AIRCAP and AIRSCARF on these Hong Kong luxury autos work well within their intended speed range.
Here are some of the reviewers comments about the AIRCAP and AIRSCARF systems, and their combined effects:
“With the airflow managed, the climate control and seat heaters set on high, and the neck-heating AIRSCARF engaged (another bit of proprietary thinking from Mercedes-Benz), you could conceivably power along with the top down in the dead of winter”, Caradvice.com.au
“Modern topless numbers like this 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet give lie to the idea that convertibles make lousy year-round companions. Benz … promised us that their new convertible is a four-seasons vehicle for four passengers, and after a couple of days in the saddle, we are ready to concede their point”, Autoblog.com
Automobilemag.com also noted that while the AIRCAP and AIRSCARF systems on these Hong Kong five star autos work well, they do have their limits. The reviewers said: “Aircap worked reasonably well during our drive on the Spanish island of Mallorca, but it is still no match for the fierce winds that buffet rear-seat passengers if all four windows are lowered when the car is being driven at speed”. Mercedes-Benz themselves concur, noting that the system ‘tangibly’ reduces draughts and facilitates conversation.
The verdict seems to be that AIRCAP and AIRSCARF are major improvements in the four-seasons drivability of the E-Class Cabriolet Hong Kong luxury automobiles… though it would be a pity to completely do away with the feeling of the wind blowing in your hair!
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