First things first – the V6 that powers the E400 Cabriolet 4Matic sounds absolutely incredible. It’s fair to say that we fell in love with this car from the moment we heard it – but of course its looks more than live up to that magnificent sound too. You’ve got the AMG branding to thank for that – the design team behind the E400 have produced a beautifully tough looking car, with big bumpers and skirts and sleek lines, that stay sleek even when the roof is down.

Power with control

So, what’s it like to drive? Well, that twin turbocharged V6 will propel you up to 62mph in a little over 5 seconds, but this isn’t a car that ever feels like it will throw you around. The 9G-Tronic gearbox unit is as smooth as you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz, and it complements the power of the V6 sublimely.

That AMG trim also means that the E400 comes with 4Matic four wheel drive, and overall the handling is great – while this is in no way one of the most responsive drives you’ll have in terms of handling, we loved the way it felt at speed.

A gorgeous driving experience

One really nice touch is the choice of suspension Mercedes have given you with the E400 – take your pick from a steel sprung system, or – our preference – the more expensive air suspension set up that delivers a truly sumptuous ride.

The AMG E400 not cheap – prices start around £55,715 – but this is a beautifully refined car that’s a lot of fun to drive. And, as the clocks go back, the days are getting longer and the weather warms up, you might just get a chance to roll that roof back and enjoy the wind in your hair this summer.