However, there was technology in this Mercedes-Benz, too. The brilliance of Mercedes-Benz comes in its ability to meld old and new. If you set an LCD TV down next to a Tiffany lamp on an English Oak sideboard, it's going to look haphazard. In the E550 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz much more thoughtfully integrated the 7-inch LCD into the dashboard, setting it into a nice frame so that its placement appears natural. Likewise, soft-touch plastics cover the top of the dashboard and doors, a nice-feeling material that doesn't detract from the luxury feel of the car.
Cruising down the freeway in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet, I took the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of luxury. The car afforded me plenty of time to ponder, as its adaptive cruise control handled the pedal work and its steering-assist system helped maintain its position in the lane.
Sending power to the 4MATIC drive system is Mercedes-Benz omnipresent “7G-Tronic” seven-speed automatic transmission. A slow responding letdown in many other applications, the calibration of the seven-speed in the E550 produced quick enough gear changes for both comfort and sporty driving. Maybe the gobs of power and torque masked any potential transmission inadequacies, but it felt great in this car where smooth, seamless gear progressions are key.