As usual, Don Sherman sums up the experience quite well. I completely agree the E350 coupe looks good but needs more power, steering without the artificial level of boost, and something other than all-season tires on these AMG wheels. What's worse is the requirement of 91-octane fuel for this rather lethargic 3.0-liter V-6.
I'm disappointed by the interior quality in the E-class coupe. I had really hoped Mercedes would disguise the C-class roots of this coupe with a much nicer interior full of high-quality materials and that distinctly Mercedes feel. Instead, only the design of the interior is nicer than the C-class's cabin, and the materials don't feel any better than those in the C-class. Even the steering wheel feels cheap compared with other Benz offerings in the U.S. It's one thing to charge $48,000 for a smallish luxury or sport coupe, but this coupe feels neither luxurious nor sporty.
Still, I think the E-class coupe will sell well enough. As a fashion accessory, this car is wonderful. The distinct shape with no B-pillar could trick some onlookers into thinking you're actually driving a CL coupe. From the outside, this car still looks the part of a Mercedes, and it will be right at home near trendy boutiques and fancy restaurants -- which is a good thing, because enthusiasts driving an E-class coupe will walk away largely unsatisfied.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor