There’s absolutely loads of space in the Mercedes’ front seats. They come as standard with enough electric adjustment for really tall drivers to get comfortable and four-way adjustable lumbar support to reduce back ache on long journeys. The steering wheel comes with electrical adjustment too, and silently slides out of the way to make jumping in and out a little bit easier.
There’s significantly less space in the back seats than you’ll find in the standard saloon but there’s still enough knee room for six-foot-tall passengers to stretch out. The front seats slide forward automatically (albeit very slowly) to help you squeeze into the back seats, but the Coupe’s stylish two-door layout means it’s not as easy to make a graceful exit as in a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
Unlike the saloon, there are only two seats in the back and the Coupe’s elegant sloping roofline limits headroom for those over six-foot tall. There’s plenty of elbow room, however, and cars fitted with the £2,795 Premium pack feel a touch more airy thanks to their panoramic glass roof.
Fitting a child seat is more difficult than in the saloon, because the lack of rear doors gives you less space to work. There isn’t quite enough space to fit a rear-facing child seat but you can squeeze in a smaller front-facing version without too much hassle. The Isofix anchor points are clearly marked but you’ll have to be careful not to lose their removable plastic covers.
The E-Class Coupe comes with bundles of handy cubby holes to keep its smart cabin looking as uncluttered as possible. The door bins are big enough to hold both a large and medium-sized bottle each and the glovebox is absolutely huge.
There’s a small storage tray in the centre console with a USB port for charging your phone and a pair of large cupholders under a flip-out cover. The split central cubby hole under the front armrest isn’t particularly deep but it’s big enough to hide a few valuables safely out of sight. There’s a second pair of cupholders for passengers in the back and a deep bottle-sized bin beside each seat, too.
The E-Class Coupe’s 425-litre boot isn’t quite as spacious as a BMW 6 Series’ 460-litre load bay and lags some way behind the much more practical (but also more expensive) 535-litre Audi A7. The boot opening is quite slim and there’s a large lip that’ll make it tricky to load large suitcases. The boot’s shallow shape means there isn’t much room for bulky items, either.
Unlike the saloon, you get three-way (40:20:40) split rear seats as standard so you can carry two passengers in the back and some long luggage at once. The seats fold using handy levers in the boot but you’ll have to give the seat backs a shove before they’ll lie completely flat.
With the seats out of the way there’s enough space for a few large suitcases and plenty of soft bags. The low bootlid means it’s difficult to pack in large boxes, however, and there isn’t enough space to carry a bike – even with a wheel removed.
There’s some space under the floor for storing a few valuables out of sight and a netted cubbyhole for securing smaller items. Two fold-out shopping hooks will help stop your groceries rolling around in the boot and you get a few tether points as standard, too.