The C-Class coupé wears the same interior clothing that was gifted by Mercedes to the C-Class saloon and estate ranges in their mid-life facelift – and very impressive it is, too.

Three satin-rimmed dials dominate the central display, with a sweetly sized steering wheel in front of them. Its switches feel a touch flaky, but the wheel’s huge range of adjustment contributes to an excellent driving position.

Foot-applied, hand-released parking brake remains. Still can’t get used to it

The rest of the centre console and cabin is well finished in feelgood materials that are worthy of the C-Class coupé’s price. No model in the C-Class coupe range can be considered cheap, but the fit, finish and quality of surfaces passes muster alongside similar-priced rivals.

Its ergonomics are mostly sound, too. It’s a touch fiddly to flick all of the ventilation controls when the gearlever is in Park, and some of the audio controls take a little getting used to. But the major systems’ control knob, behind the gearlever, is pretty straightforward with familiarity. Certainly, there’s little to gripe about.

Unlike the CLC and that car’s predecessor, the Sport Coupé, this is the first C-Class-based coupé whose interior volume matches that of its rivals. It is a proper four-seater rather than a 2+2 and, to that effect, is capable of being pitched seriously alongside a BMW 3 Series coupé or Audi A5. Certainly, two adults won’t feel short changed in the back.

The boot capacity, at 450 litres, sits squarely between the BMW’s and Audi’s; there are only a few cartons of fruit juice between them. Pleasingly, even though it is only a space-saver, a spare wheel, rather than a can of foam, is standard.

Like the CLK Black Series before it, the C 63 Black Series has no rear seats.

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