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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Obedient; good balance and grip; safe, stable but just a touch sedate. Mercedes’ manual gearbox is typically un-sporty to use, and as such the automatic gearbox is the more popular model.

The cockpit is quite cosy for space, but is as quite as a coupe with the roof up. Leg and head room are limited for those who are particularly tall. Seats are saloon car comfortable rather than sportscar supportive.