I find the new E-class very attractive - its larger grille, crisper lines, and more swooping profile all add up to a car with a more compelling design than the CLK coupe that it replaces in Mercedes' lineup. Inside, the instrument panel now has five round gauges (speedo, tach, fuel gauge, oil gauge, and analog clock) placed in front of the driver. One of my colleagues said that he thought the steering wheel felt a little flimsy, but I personally like the wood rim - although I can't say that I'd tick it off on the options box, seeing as how it costs $750. A leather-rimmed steering wheel would probably do just fine, thank you. If you think of the E350 coupe as a posh highway cruiser or an upscale grocery-getter, you won't be disappointed. As others have pointed out, however, those who are looking for performance to match the $1950 appearance package will likely be dissatisfied.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor