What's the used Mercedes E-Class coupe like?
The New Radicals threatened to smash one up, Lenny Kravitz bemoaned that they were the only cars that interested his crush and Janis Joplin asked a higher power for one. Indeed, a Mercedes-Benz is one of those cars that features on many fantasy lottery win shopping lists. However, you can actually buy a previous-generation E-Class Coupé for a piffling £5500.
Perhaps the widespread admiration of this posh two-door coupé exists because there's an engine for everyone. The range begins with various four-cylinder petrol and diesel units before rising to snappier V6s and a thumping V8 for those with no worries about fuel bills. The four-cylinder diesels can be a bit gruff when accelerating, but all the engines are nice and quiet when cruising.
There are two different suspension setups for the E-Class Coupé, depending upon which trim level you go for. If you value comfort above all else, go for an SE model to get softer springs. If you want something sportier, try a Sport (later renamed AMG Sport and then AMG Line) for a firmer set. Either way, the E-Class Coupé manages to soak up bumps well. Just don’t expect it to handle as sharply as the BMW 4 Series Coupé, because it rolls too much in the corners and its steering is quite slow.
Inside the E-Class Coupé has lots of high-quality plastics and fine leathers. Some SE cars feature a traditional bit of wood, but Sport and AMG Sport models have a more contemporary look to them, and all the buttons and controls are well laid out. Only the single stalk that controls the indicators and windscreen wipers and the foot-operated parking brake take some getting used to.
The front seats can pose a bit of a problem for shorter drivers, because the base is quite long and the head restraints are mounted a bit too far forward. The pedals in cars with a manual gearbox are offset, but going for an automatic solves this.
Space inside is pretty decent for a four-seat coupé, and there will be no complaints from those in the front. Anyone over 6ft tall will find their head brushing the rooflining, but leg and shoulder room are fine. The boot opening is shallow, making it difficult to load and unload large items. At least there's a 60/40-split folding rear seat bench for when you need to transport longer loads.
Standard equipment was generous, with all models getting climate control, front and rear parking sensors, leather seats, Bluetooth and automatic lights and wipers.
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