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Avg. Price Paid: $29,663 - $39,440
Original MSRP: $48,850 - $64,800
MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Interior

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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class features an interior that combines ample tech features and old-school luxury, getting it high marks from most reviewers. The use of wood and brushed metal surfaces is kept to a minimum, and the interior emphasizes soft-touch surfaces and leather. The E-Class coupe and cabriolet are smaller overall than the E-Class sedan, so passenger space is decreased, especially in the rear seats. Reviewers generally note that taller adults may want more head- and legroom in the back seat.

The new-for-2011 E-Class cabriolet offers features such as AIRCAP and AIRSCARF, which provide greater interior comfort by blocking wind and warming passengers with a vent built into the seatback that blows on the occupant’s neck when you have the top down. Reviewers also note the quietness of the cabriolet’s thick fabric roof; rivaling that of hard-top convertibles.

  • "The controller dial for the COMAND system that programs audio and navigation systems is within easy and comfortable reach on the center console in all body styles. The system still requires some work to access and establish preferred audio and navigation settings. Some functions can also be carried out by an array of buttons on the console. The steering-column stalk for the cruise control is still located in a place where it can be confused for the turn signal and wiper stalk." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a cabin done in a style that is meant to recall solid, dependable Mercedes from the past. Angles are sharp, the materials first-rate and the look is decidedly somber, especially when adorned in monotone color schemes and dark wood trim -- very German, in other words." -- Edmunds 
  • "For us, Aircap didn't really affect front occupants' experience, but it did help cut down on wind rush in the back seat." -- Los Angeles Times  
  • "Mercedes' new Aircap and Airscarf systems keep the cabin comfortable with the top down, even at highway speed and in cool weather." -- BusinessWeek 
  • "The interface design for the cabin tech is good, although not the best we've seen." -- CNET 
  • "You kind of get the feeling that if you're lulled into sleep by the coffin-quiet interior, the Attention Assist will conspire with the adaptive shocks, Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake radar cruise control and Parktronic with Parking Guidance automatic parallel parking system to drive you home and tuck you into bed." -- Jalopnik 
  • "Over the road, though, it doesn't feel small at all: road and wind noise are unusually well hushed. In fact, the E coupe seemed to provide near S-class levels of quietness on the open road, even at its 130-mph speed limiter." -- Automobile Magazine

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Seating

Leather-appointed front and rear seats come standard on 2011 Mercedes E-Class coupes and cabriolets. The front sport seats are 14-way power adjustable, with heated and ventilated options available. Reviewers generally find the front seats comfortable and supportive, but note that seating is tighter all-around than what’s available in the E-Class sedan. The rear seats, although comfortable, are a little short on head- and legroom to be considered spacious for taller adults.

  • "The front seats (optionally heated, ventilated, and highly adjustable) are aggressively bolstered and very comfortable. The rear seats are also buckets, and there's plenty of legroom, but the low roofline restricts headroom for passengers approaching six feet tall. Headroom is tight up front, too, for very tall adults." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "In the front row, the low-mounted seats ensure a sporty driving position, and settling in is made easier as the seatbelts are presented on startup by motorized arms." -- Car and Driver 
  • "It's a completely different story in the coupe and convertible, where most adults will find their heads rubbing the headliner. Legroom is also in very short supply. Though not as awkward as in some coupes, entry and exit are not nearly as easy as they are in the sedans." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The convertible offers comfortable seating for four, provided rear passengers are about 5-feet-9 or less. In the coupe, the rear seat's legroom is about the same as in most luxury two-doors, but headroom is limited." -- Edmunds 
  • "The convertible has two rear seats separated by a cupholder console. The seats are decently sized, but the rear of the cabin is short on legroom, and passengers other than small children might need to bum some space by getting their compatriots up front to move their seats forward." -- Los Angeles Times 
  • "The front seat is about as spacious as the sedan's but the rear seat only holds two passengers (vs. three for the sedan) and offers a mere 30.1 in. of legroom. That's about average for a convertible -- a bit more than the Infiniti G37 and slightly less than the BMW 328i -- but it's nearly six inches less than the rear legroom in the E-Class sedan, and tight for adults over, say 5 ft. 8 in." -- BusinessWeek 

Interior Features 

The E-Class coupe and cabriolet earn high marks from reviewers for the optional Harman Kardon stereo system – which many reviewers think is among the best sound systems available. Some reviews, however, note that Mercedes’ COMAND interface is still not the easiest to use when it comes to audio, climate, phone and navigation functions.

Optional equipment packages for the E-Class include Premium 1 Package, which costs about $4,000 and adds hard-drive base navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, six gigabyte music hard-drive, Sirius Satellite Radio, an iPod interface, rearview camera, power rear sunshade and heated front seats. For an even better-equipped car, Premium 2 Package provides all the features of Premium Package 1, as well as bi-xenon headlamps with curve illumination, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, heated and ventilated front seats, LED Daytime Running Lights, heated headlamp washers and push button ignition. The Premium 2 Package adds about $6,500 to the base price of E-Class models.

Unique to the E-Class cabriolet are comfort features for top-down driving. These include Mercedes’ AIRCAP and AIRSCARF. AIRCAP incorporates a wind blocker at the top of the windshield that adapts with driving speed to improve passenger comfort, decreasing the rush of wind that hits convertible occupants. Reviewers generally notice little difference in the front seats, but comment that backseat passengers do see some improved comfort with AIRCAP in place.

AIRSCARF, which is included in the optional Premium 1 Package on E-Class cabriolets, is a neck-level ventilation system that’s integrated right below the headrests in the front seats. Reviewers say that the system is much improved over previous models, providing heat like a ‘virtual scarf’ for top-down motoring on cool days. Test drivers also comment that with the combination of AIRCAP and AIRSCARF, driving with the top lowered is comfortable at much lower temperatures than one might think.

  • "Strong winds were no match for the optional Harman Kardon stereo in our test car, which could be heard with clarity even in the rear seat." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The convertible's novel AIRCAP works as advertised. Normal conversation is possible at highway speeds with the top down and AIRCAP deployed." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "All E-Class models come with Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface, which combines a large display screen, a control knob and dash-mounted buttons. There's a bit of a learning curve involved, but it's generally neither better nor worse than similar systems from Audi or BMW." -- Edmunds 
  • "To make you keep the thickly insulated ‘acoustic’ fabric soft top down more often, Mercedes has improved the Air Scarf, the grille vents in the front seats, between the seat and headrest that blow warm air from the heater to the back of your neck. Mercedes has been working on this: It's much more effective than when it debuted on the current generation SLK a few years ago." -- Motor Trend 
  • "The backup camera is highly desirable in this car. Visibility out the rear window is limited, even with the rear headrests retracted. The backup camera is available in either of two premium packages ($4,000 or $6,450) that also include a hard-drive-based navigation and upgraded sound system, keyless ignition, Airscarf, and other upgrades." -- BusinessWeek 
  • "The iPod cable is poorly placed, and the stereo could use a USB port." -- CNET

Cargo

Reviewers generally approve of the cargo space available in both the E-Class coupe and the cabriolet, saying that even the convertible offers enough luggage space for a weekend trip. The E-Class coupe has 15.9 cubic feet on trunk space – the same as the amount that’s available in the E-Class sedan – while the cabriolet has slightly less space, 11.5 cubic feet with the top up and 8.8 cubic feet with the top down. The rear seat of the coupe features a 60/40-split, which can be folded down to increase cargo space. While the cabriolet lacks a folding rear seat, it does have a center pass-through, which can be used to stow longer items.

  • "Convertibles have less space on account of there needing somewhere to stow the top. As such, convertibles only have enough cargo room to accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two. They also have a center pass-through, which can allow for loading longer items." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Cabriolet's trunk, however, is surprisingly spacious, with 11 cu. ft. of space with the top up, 8.8 with the top down. Even with the top down, there's a pass-through for stowing long cargo." -- BusinessWeek 
  • "Mercedes-Benz has also done an impressive job of keeping the top from devouring trunk space, which has always been an issue with convertibles; the system folds primarily into a neat void behind the rear seats." -- MSN

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