The Mercedes C-Class Coupe looks and feels pretty plush inside, but add a few unpolished wood trims and things start to get very tasteful indeed. Sadly, they cost extra in entry-level cars
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe’s cabin comes with an elegant design that doesn’t try to look overly sporty. The metal air vents on the dashboard and cool metal switches look more like they belong in the range-topping S-Class limo? than in a coupe. It’s these type of stylish features that make the Mercedes’ cabin feel more special than what you get in a BMW or Audi.
If you don’t like the Sport model’s standard glossy black trims, you can replace them with unpolished wood items or some carbon-fibre effect inserts as part of the rather expensive Carbon Fibre Pack. The latter comes as standard in top-spec C43 models, and brings with it an analogue clock on the dashboard.
Whichever Mercedes C-Class Coupe you pick, you get some metal buttons on the doors to adjust the position of the front seats and some soft padding where you naturally rest your elbow. Unfortunately, you don’t get leather seats as standard on any C-Class Coupe, but at least the man-made Artico alternative feels almost as good as the real deal.
Flashier than the Mercedes C-Class Coupe’s faux-leather seats are the laser-etched speaker grilles on the doors Sadly, they only come as standard if you pay extra for the Burmester stereo.
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe comes with a 10.3-inch infotainment display on the dashboard. It’s a huge improvement over the old car’s 8.4-inch screen but doesn’t look quite as slick as the futuristic dual-screen display you get in the smaller A-Class hatchback.
Unfortunately, it isn’t particularly easy to use, either. The shortcut buttons on the centre console make it a doddle to switch between key features, but the rotary dial on the centre console for scrolling through menus is partly hidden beneath a bulky touchpad. Thankfully, Mercedes’ reasonably reliable voice controls let you bypass some of the system’s less intuitive controls.
Just as helpful are the S-Class-style touchpads on the steering wheel that eliminate the old car’s cluttered-looking plastic buttons. These also help make it a breeze to configure the optional digital driver’s display. This 12.3-inch screen replaces conventional analogue dials with a customisable readout of your speed, sat-nav directions and media playback information, right in your eye-line.
Unfortunately, it’s only standard on C43 models and comes as part of the rather expensive Premium Equipment line on other versions. Thankfully, though, this pack also comes with Apple and Android smartphone mirroring so you can use your phone’s navigation and music-streaming apps through the car’s built-in screens.
To make the most of these features, you might want to upgrade to the 590W Burmester stereo. It’s much punchier than the standard unit but only comes as part of the very expensive Premium Plus pack.