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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
For:Svelte silhouette (it’s a coupe after all), jaw-dropping interior.
Against:Fine for wafting but not a driver’s car, dangerously long options list.
What is it?
A potential headache for new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe owners who are realising right about now that they just spent £50,000 more than they needed to. Less than a year after the saloon went on sale, the E-Class range has multiplied like a wet Gremlin with the Estate, AMG E63 (saloon and estate), jacked-up All-Terrain, Coupe and Convertible all either on sale, or arriving in the next few months. Here we have the Coupe – the hardest to justify, but the easiest to fall in love with.
The product of an almost 50-year history that stretches back to 1968 and the wonderfully named ‘Stroke Eight Coupe’, it’s Mercedes doing what it does best – luxury, space, technology and style. Sure, there’s a selfish element to choosing a coupe, but Merc has tried to ease that descision by making this new car 123mm longer and 74mm wider, with a 68mm wider track front and rear than its predecessor. That means 74mm more legroom in the back and better purchase on the road. Just make sure your parallel parking is up to scratch.