A CAR’S LOOKS are a subjective matter, but few would argue that Mercedes-Benz’s saloons aren’t sleek and interesting to behold. Its coupe versions are often even better, and we’d suggest that its latest E-Class Coupe is one of the firm’s best designs yet.

Three engine options are initially available: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel 220 d, a turbocharged 2.0 four-cylinder petrol 300 and a turbocharged 3.0 V6 petrol 400 4Matic, the latter getting all-wheel drive as standard.

The biggest-selling engine is likely to be the 2.0-litre diesel, which feels nicely suited to the coupe. It isn’t the most powerful engine, but it never feels out of breath and only becomes noticeably grumbly when pushed hard; kept at a cruise, its diesel noise fades into the background. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that does a fine job of distributing power when left to its own devices.

Steel or air suspension
Two different suspension types are available in the UK: standard steel springs with adaptive dampers or optional air suspension (Ј1495). The air suspension does a very good job of soaking up road imperfections, especially at high speeds, although the occasional sharp-edged pothole can throw it off. We also tried the car on steel springs (but without the adaptive dampers) and it, too, was comfortable, suggesting the version we’ll get will be even better.

However, the E-Class
Coupe doesn’t match its good performance and comfort with outstanding agility. It rides lower than the saloon and there are high levels of grip, but its numb steering and body lean mean there’s little enjoyment in flinging it about. Electric front seat adjustment is standard, as is electric lumbar adjustment. The front seats also provide good bolster support, and there’s enough leg and head room that even the very tall won’t feel hemmed in.

Due to the coupe’s sloping rear end, space in the back seats is inevitably more restricted than in the E-Class saloon, but two adults will be able to fit. They just won’t want to be there for long. Boot space looks generous on paper at 425 litres, but the space is quite shallow and has relatively narrow access. Still, the rear seats can be split 40/20/40 and folded down to open up the space further.

Extra-wide screens
The visually stunning infotainment and digital instrument displays you see in these pictures are standard only on the high-spec E 400. The cheaper E 220 d and E 300 come with conventional dials and an 8.4in screen instead, although satnav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and two USB sockets are standard. With its rotary controller, the infotainment is simple to navigate, too.

Upgrading to the dual 12.3in screens of the Comand Online infotainment system costs Ј1495 on the cheaper models, but it does bring more advanced sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an onboard wi-fi hotspot. Whichever system you go for, the E-Class Coupe impresses with its interior quality. Everything you see and interact with feels suitably plush. The E-Class Coupe may not be the sharpest coupe to drive, but it is quiet, comfortable and high in quality. It’s also very well priced, being more of a match for the smaller BMW 4 Series than the 6 Series against which you might expect it to compete. Considering that the E 220 d is clean and frugal, and that every car comes with luxuries such as 19in alloy wheels, cruise control, LED headlights and sat-nav, the E-Class Coupe makes a very convincing case for itself.