We found it surprisingly simple to operate the radio through the hand controller. The cabriolet comes with two engine choices, a 3. Getting into the backseat is decent for a convertible, and there is sufficient room for two small adults in the back. It's true that some E-Class rivals offer sportier, more dynamic handling, but we contend that for most buyers in this segment, luxury trumps performance. Prior to 2012, the E550 was powered by a 5. The elevation started at roughly 8000 feet above sea level, so we expected a decent power loss even with forced induction. It seems the Mercedes has the answers to questions never asked in the good old days when open air driving simply meant tossing the roof back.
Inside the engine the cylinder sleeves and timing chain are manufacture to close tolerances to minimize friction and the oil pump remains idle until it is needed, which helps squeeze a few extra ponies from this V-8. Again, Audi has gone with refinement over reinvention. Trunk space with the top up is adequate at 11. Audi has positioned the S5 to split the difference between its biggest competitors, the 335is and the M3. Fortunately I figured it out anyways, and the controls become easier as you get used to it.
. The sedan gets a power rear sunshade and a split-folding rear seat, while the wagon offers a panoramic roof. The leather seats are supremely comfortable, offering the right amount of the softness but not so much that it feels like you sunk into a super soft sofa. We expect the rear-wheel-drive variants to be quicker still. However, this new V8 has virtually no turbo lag, and its punch kicks in at low revs. Like the lights, the rear bumper was also redesigned; its diffuser is now much higher, and a honeycomb screen insert encloses the two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system.
This might be problematic for some people trying to find a decent driving position. On this day: 05-10-1869 Transcontinental railroad completed In 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. The suspension is well suited for normal roads, but this being a convertible, its loss in structural rigidity is clearly felt when approaching road imperfections in corners. Within its segment, the E is the most adaptable, rewarding and confident car for the widest variety of surfaces and situations. Mercedes-Benz hasn't yet announced the E400 Hybrid's total combined output. Wind buffering is non existent, and you can still hear the glorious engine note.
By 3000 rpm, the torque is thick and loosens all four tires on corner exit. The E350 sedan distills further into Luxury and Sport sub-trims, which vary in suspension tuning, styling, interior trim and wheel design. To add a little extra flare to the engine compartment, draped a coat of bright-red paint over the cylinder head covers. The A5 clearly has more direct competition in the form of the 328 and the C250. Many components of the five-link front suspension and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension are made of aluminum. The suspension is stiff enough for easy of handling on our twist and turn back country test track and up in our usual mountain crossings. Those together with the power tilt and telescoping steering wheel will get you situated comfortably behind the wheel.
Shifts are performed so quickly and smoothly by alternating the clutches that they are hardly perceptible. Straight off the line, or on the freeway, this was an amazing car to put the pedal to the metal. As an option, Audi can install a sport differential that actively distributes power between the rear wheels via two superposition gears. This positions the engine speed at a perfect level for clutch release prior to launching the car out of a complete stop. Many buyers will lean towards the Audi purely for the all-wheel drive; some will fall for the styling; but likely none will be disappointed. It's always nice to know there won't be any distractions from local authorities. In Sport mode, body movement is controlled by the stiffened dampers and the steering ratio quickens.
Audi better be making the pot pretty sweet to pull people away from that sexy, sexy Benz. The new F30 3 Series with its 2. If you are going 15-40 and you give the car a heavy push to the gas not quite to the floor , there was a significant hesitation. The last 335i sedan we tested did the same in 4. We love that nice and wide 73. Every E-Class is relatively comfortable and spacious for their respective segments.
The quick response of the V-8 is exhilarating and it will bring a smile to your face as you ask for more and it delivers. The only place that it really differs from the hardtop is its final descent toward the trunk, which is at a steeper rake. Likewise, buttons for the heated seats, including the Airscarf neck warmers, are located in a row at the bottom of the stack. That is how much fun I had with this car. It gives the convertible a nice sense of urgency measured at 6.
A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on every E-Class, as is rear-wheel drive on all but the wagon. We enjoyed many of the extras including the navigation system, premium audio system featuring 550 watts and 12 speakers, a satellite radio, and adaptive cruise control. The 2008 A5 was met with plenty of praise and adoration. The inside door handles consist of two slender ribs, and the pedals and many other controls glisten in aluminum look. Also standard is the updated Mercedes-Benz mbrace emergency telematics service, a drowsy driver alert and pre-collision automatic braking. Among sedans, we rank the , and as very close 2nd-place finishers.