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Used buyer's guide: Mercedes E-Class Coupe

The classy, two-door Mercedes E-Class Coupe is more affordable than ever

Despite its size, the E-Class Coupe is surprisingly efficient, with frugal engines and slippery bodywork – although it can still be expensive to run. While all cars come well equipped, it’s worth checking the exact spec of any potential purchase. Desirable extras include Distronic adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof and the COMAND multimedia system, as well as upgraded seats and safety systems. Models with V6 power are the pick of the bunch, but no matter which engine or trim level you go for, the E-Class Coupe won’t disappoint.

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The CLK was a huge success, so when Mercedes replaced it with a significantly bigger car – the E-Class Coupe – in 2009, some critics questioned the decision.

But the newcomer proved a step up over its predecessor in every way. It was better to drive, more spacious, more generously equipped and more practical – although it was pricier, too.

As those first Coupes approach four years old, this classy two-door is now more affordable, especially with the imminent arrival of a new model. Here’s what to look for.

History

Mercedes launched the E-Class Coupe in June 2009, with E200, E250, E350 and E500 CGI petrol models, plus E220, E250 and E350 CDI diesels. There were SE or Sport trims, and all cars got adaptive dampers, heated front seats, leather trim, Bluetooth, climate control and parking sensors, plus automatic lights and wipers.

While Mercedes offered a 525bhp E63 AMG saloon and estate from August 2009, there was no Coupe edition. The revised Coupe arrives next month, with fresh styling, extra kit and SE or AMG Sport trims in place of SE and Sport.

Alternatives

The main rivals to the E-Class Coupe are the Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series Coupe. The Audi is arguably more attractive, but not as much fun with its front-wheel-drive chassis, although four-wheel drive is available.

The 3 Series Coupe trails the Merc on rear seat space, but is better dynamically and, as with the A5, has a choice of superb engines and transmissions. It’s also worth looking at the four-door Mercedes CLS, which mixes the coupe silhouette with better access to the rear seats.

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