Two dapper two-doors join the handsome E-class sedan family in the form of E-class coupe and cabriolet-which won our 2018 10Best Cars award-and, as with the four-door, their luxury mission is fully realized. Dramatic styling opens up to one of the most lavish cabins on sale today, charming your senses with lush leather, beautiful wood and metal trims, supremely comfortable seats, rich sound quality from the optional Burmester audio system, and even a bouquet of perfume wafting from the available fragrance diffuser. With twin-turbo V-6 power, speed is plentiful, but the E-class coupe and cabriolet stay true to their purpose: focusing first and foremost on sybaritic comfort.
What’s New for 2018?
Both the E-class coupe and cabriolet are all new for 2018 and mirror the mechanicals of the redesigned E-class sedan, but with more dramatic sheetmetal. The sedan’s standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine isn’t available in the two-door E-class’s lineup, which instead utilizes the sedan’s optional twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and, like the sedan, wears E400 badging to reflect the V-6’s higher performance. The coupe sports a beautiful pillarless side-window design that allows for a wide-open feeling when all four windows are lowered. The cabriolet comes standard with Mercedes-Benz’s Airscarf system, which gently blows warm air on the back of front-seat occupants’ necks on cool days to help extend convertible season into the fall and early winter. How’s that for luxury?
Trims and Options We’d Choose
Although the E400 coupe is well equipped in its base form, we can’t help but tick a few option boxes to luxe things up even more. For $950, the multicontour front seats with massage seem like a bargain, and we would pair them with heated and ventilated seats ($450) and the Premium 1 package ($3700). That package adds a host of useful features, such as:
• Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
• Self-parking feature with front and rear parking sensors
• Premium Burmester surround-sound audio system with satellite radio
• Wireless smartphone-charging pad
A sticker price of $64,995 is a big ask, but you get what you pay for-a prime cut of automotive excellence. A similarly equipped E400 cabriolet ratchets the spending up to $71,945, and all-wheel drive is available on both models for an extra $2500.