Raked and trim

Jack Evans belts up for a test drive in the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

Here’s the lat­est car to slot into Mercedes’ ev­er­ex­pand­ing line-up – the E-Class Coupe. Com­ing as a smaller ver­sion of the deca­dent S-Class Coupe but larger than the C-Class Coupe, it aims to give driv­ers all the lux­ury as­so­ci­ated with the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer’s high­est-spec­i­fi­ca­tion cars, but with a sleek, raked-back de­sign. The ex­te­rior is a real tri­umph. Pil­lar-less and raked, there’s just one trim – AMG Line – but that helps to keep things sim­ple. All cars come with large 19-inch al­loy wheels plus LED head­lights and tail­lights, which help give the E-Class a dis­tinc­tive vis­ual ap­peal. It uses the same in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as the stan­dard sa­loon, – we loved it in that car and it looks just as good here. How­ever, there are some touches that aren’t in­cluded in the E-Class. The vents, for in­stance, are new and give the in­te­rior a be­spoke look. As a coupe, you’d ex­pect prac­ti­cal­ity in the E-Class to be pretty lim­ited. How­ever, those in the back get 74mm more legroom than those in the car it re­places. The boot is a de­cent size too, and can be ex­panded thanks to fold­ing rear seats.

The en­tire cabin has a great sense of space about it. It’s a re­lax­ing place to be, and one that cer­tainly feels wor­thy of the Mercedes-Benz badge. The 2.0-litre diesel en­gine un­der the bon­net is a cru­cial part of the Mercedes-Benz range, and you can see why. It’s re­ally very re­fined, and set­tles down nicely at cruis­ing speeds. A wider rear track than its pre­de­ces­sor does help the E-Class Coupe cor­ner nicely. Prices for the E 220d Coupe start at £40,135. For that, you get park­ing sen­sors and a re­vers­ing cam­era, as well as an 8.4-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion. We’d be in­clined to pay £1,495 to up­grade that sys­tem to Mercedes’ pre­mium Co­mand in­fo­tain­ment, which re­places the screen with a large 12.3inch unit. For an ad­di­tional £495, Mercedes will add a sec­ond 12.3-inch dis­play, cre­at­ing a truly widescreen view­ing area. It’s an ex­tra that com­pletely trans­forms the in­side of the car, and one we’d pick in a heart­beat.

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