The 2013 Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet come with more standard equipment over the outgoing model, which means that our pick of the range is now around 4600 more expensive. However, factor in the cost of the extra kit and the car is, arguably, better value than the car it replaces.
The entry-level Coupe is the E220 CDI SE manual, priced from 35,095, while the same spec Cabriolet starts at 38,465.
There are two trims SE or AMG Sport. Standard equipment on the entry-level SE trim includes DAB radio, Active Parking Assist, online sat-nav and partial LED headlights.
AMG Sport adds a sportier bodykit, larger alloy wheels, stiffer suspension and leather seats.
The AMG Sport Plus package available from October 2013 as a 1795 option gives you even bigger wheels, AMG sports seats, red stitching throughout the cabin, an upgraded stereo and keyless start.
From launch, Mercedes will offer one petrol engine the updated four-cylinder E200 and three diesel engines the four-cylinder E220 and E250, as well as the six-cylinder E350.
A six-speed manual gearbox is available on the E220 CDI, but the other engines are available only with the seven-speed automatic. Mercedes expects 95% of buyers to choose the auto.
Unfortunately, our preferred suspension set-up is available on SE spec only the adaptive sports suspension on AMG Sport models isnt uncomfortable, but the stiffer ride doesnt suit the character of the car as well.
The E400 twin-turbo V6 petrol has not yet been confirmed for the UK market, although Mercedes says it is 'very likely' to be sold here in due course. If it does arrive, we expect prices for the range-topping Coupe to start around 46,000, with a premium of about 3000 for the E400 Cabriolet.
Full E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet pricing
E220 CDI SE manual - 35,095 (Coupe) 38,465 (Cabriolet)
E220 CDI SE automatic - 36,615 (Coupe) 39,985 (Cabriolet)
E220 CDI AMG Sport manual - 37,590 (Coupe) 41,085 (Cabriolet)
E220 CDI AMG Sport automatic - 39,110 (Coupe) 42,480 (Cabriolet)
E250 CDI AMG Sport automatic - 40,730 (Coupe) 44,100 (Cabriolet)
E350 Bluetec AMG Sport automatic - 42,435 (Coupe) 45,840 (Cabriolet)
E200 AMG Sport automatic - 38,415 (Coupe) 41,800 (Cabriolet)