For many, the appeal of a coupe is confusing. It’s too weak for a race car and too small for a practical saloon or estate. The Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe attracts only a special group of people—those who can appreciate a two-door, four-seat car that has a superior interior, which you will see once you have gotten past the difficulty of climbing into the back seat.
The interior of the E300 is simply “superb,” thanks to the leather-wrapped chrome-pimpled seats with open pore Elmwood trim. On the dashboard are two high-resolution 12-inch screens that create the illusion of a “floating” widescreen display.
There are three engine choices, in case you would like more power and precision. There’s an option for either a diesel or two different combinations of petrol. The engines can power the E300 Coupe from 191bhp to 328bhp, depending on your choice of machine combination.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine currently under the hood of the E300 is a strong performer, but Mercedes could have done better by befitting it with something that can go beyond 242bhp and 273lb ft of torque.
This is paired with the same nine-speed gearbox that we saw in the entry-level E220d. It’s a non-4Matic model, so 100 percent of the power will be sent to the rear wheels. Although most are frowning upon the E300 Coupe’s low horsepower and torque production, its 1,685 kg weight can go from 0-62mph in just 6.4 seconds. If this does not content you, there’s a Sport Plus mode that will make shifting gears slicker.
The Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe is currently priced at £41,025.