What should I be paying?
Time to state the obvious. Unless you go for the standard E220d without a single option (which will still set you back a not inconsiderable £45,000) then it’s not a high-value proposition. Unless you’ve been umming and ahing over the recently discontinued S-Class Coupe, in which case it’s basically half price.
We suspect this is the kind of car you’re going to be putting a fair few miles on, because quite frankly why wouldn’t you, when covering them is such a joy? In that case, the diesels come into play, specifically the E220d which Merc claims will return well over 50mpg, with remarkably low BIK tax if you’re a company car buyer. That it’s also a nicer car to work hard than the thrummy E300 petrol is just a welcome bonus.
If you’re throwing loads of options at your E-Class Coupe – as we’ve said, it’s far too easy to – then work out whether splashing out a bit more to upgrade to the largely related E-Class Cabriolet isn’t worth it. Not only will it still let you drop all four windows with a single switch, but the whole roof can be stowed with them. Like for like, an E-Class Cabriolet is around four grand more than a Coupe. A ten per cent hike up in price is easily done with options, so why not make that option a dramatic one?