Stepping inside the new E-Klasse Coupe for the very first time is quite an experience, from a number of viewpoints. First of all, the doors are of course huge, but the seat-belt support system automatically glides forward in order for the seat-belts to be more easily reached by the front passengers. Of course, older Mercedes coupes had the very same feature, but that doesn't make it less original.
Second of all, getting into the rear is as easy as 1-2-3, thanks to the wide doors, the lack of a B-pillar and the semi-automatic gliding mechanism of the front seat. It doesn't beat a sedan from this point of view, but it's probably one of the most practical coupes when it comes to rear access.
The overall space is more than enough for a maximum of four passengers, on almost every direction, since the E Coupe is actually a 2+2. The only quarrel from this point of view was the headroom, which is a bit limited in the rear because of the swooping line of the roof. Four full-size adults should fit with no problem though.
The luggage compartment is one of the largest in its segment, with no less than 450 liters (15.9 cu ft) of volume available, more than enough for four passengers. To put things a little bit into perspective, the Volvo S60 we tested a while ago had a trunk with 70 liters (2.5 cu ft) less volume than the E 350 CDI Coupe we tested.
As far as the interior quality goes, we couldn't find almost anything to complain about in our test car. Some old-school Mercedes aficionados might be a bit offended by the complete lack of wood, since instead of that our car's interior was adorned with what seemed (and felt, for that matter) like aluminium inserts.
All four seats were covered in black perforated leather of a quality expected from any Mercedes-Benz, despite the fact that it wasn't part of the quite expensive Designo package. Overall, the interior design follows the exterior angular cues, giving a rather 80s feel. We were quite impressed of the overall atmosphere inside, since the pictures don't exactly do it justice from this point of view.Continue reading