The ambience and aesthetic quality of its now prominently named coupé make good Mercedes’ perpetual claim to luxuriousness.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class aside, the manufacturer’s current synthesis of material distinction and progressive elegance suits the leisurely thrust of its two-door model arguably best of all – and without the swollen price tag of some big-name competition.

Priced, sized, equipped and trimmed well, but not perfect

Factor in the typically right-sized interior of a car still overtly concerned with genuine four-seat usability, and the E-Class Coupé ticks many of the boxes that its famous badge suggests.

However, the commendation comes with a sizeable reservation; one measured by the size of the car’s occasionally pronounced collisions with the kind of awkward road surfaces that are so common in the UK.

By being merely acceptable under such examination, the coupé has fallen short of its own nameplate’s standard. That leaves it good enough elsewhere to nudge above some less persuasive options, but beneath the standard required of a genuinely world-class GT.

With all that in mind, we can only place the E-Class Coupé in third place in our top five. It is comfortably ahead of the Lexus RC F and Audi S5, but lagging behind the BMW 640i and Porsche Panamera.

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