Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Luxurious cabin mirrors E-Class Saloon
  • Leather upholstery as standard
  • Highly adjustable driving position

Mercedes E-Class Coupe: what's it like inside?

The interior of the E-Class Coupe closely mirrors the E-Class Saloon, although some details such as the intricate air vents and trim, including open-pore wood, are Coupe-specific. Despite the commonality, the Coupe feels and looks extremely luxurious and displays a very high level of fit and finish.

It’s easy to mistake the cabin for that of a much more expensive car, and the choice of trim – be it gloss black, aluminium-look or wood – as well as high-quality artificial leather or optional leather upholstery and dials that click with Swiss-watch precision all underline this impression.

Good driving position and visibility

The driving position is also spot on, offering a wide range of adjustment for both the steering wheel and seat to ensure all drivers are comfortable. That the seats can also be lowered close to the floor creates a suitably low-slung and sporty feeling; the driver’s seat is electrically adjustable as standard, the passenger’s at extra cost.

You won’t want to sit too low, though, as the E-Class is a big car. Luckily, visibility is good and is aided by a good selection of sensors and cameras around the car, which you can add from the options list.

Modern multimedia set-up

Both the 12.3-inch digital cockpit display (replacing the analogue speedometer and rev counter) and same-sized Comand Online media screen are optional (see Equipment) but are must-haves. They transform the dash and feel suitably upmarket, while the standard set-up feels disappointingly low-rent for such an expensive car.

Mercedes E-Class Coupe cabin shot

Functions can be controlled either via the touch-sensitive capacitive switches on the steering wheel, or the rotary controller on the centre console.

If you’re familiar with modern smartphone technology, it should all be mostly intuitive and what isn’t is easy to learn. It’s still not quite as user-friendly as an Audi or BMW infotainment system, though.

Key climate control functions remain easily accessible via physical switches, helping to reduce the driver distraction caused by adjusting such settings via a touchscreen.

  • E-Class chassis means comfort is excellent
  • Genuine space for four tall adults
  • Luxurious interior feels special to be in

Mercedes E-Class Coupe: which is most comfy?

The E-Class Coupe is designed to be a refined and luxurious tourer, and mostly it succeeds. The seats are highly comfortable with good support, and the headrests are generously padded.

Even rear-seat passengers are well catered for, with significantly more knee room than the previous generation. It means four six-foot-tall adults can spend a long journey in comfort, even if their heads might be very close to the roof lining.

Two suspension set-ups are available, along with standard 19-inch or optional 20-inch alloys.

Dynamic Body Control uses conventional springs with adjustable shock absorbers, which allows the driver to choose between settings, ranging from comfort-focussed to progressively sportier. While less cushioned than air suspension, Dynamic Body Control does offer a good compromise.

Air Body Control is optionally available, replacing springs with chambers of air to smooth out the road surface. The result is a ride that’s generally plush, but can be firmed up at the press of a button for sportier driving.

While road noise is well suppressed, the early cars we drove did suffer from higher-than-expected wind noise. It’s worth paying close attention to see if this has been remedied on any car you test drive.

Four-cylinder petrol and diesel derivatives are also disappointingly vocal under heavier – but far from extreme – acceleration. Six-cylinder versions are far superior, and suit a car of this nature much better.