A lot of people tend to be self-conscious about the size of their nose. Some women and no doubt some men opt for plastic surgery to make their ‘honker’ look better. I have often read about celebrities who insist on being photographed from a certain angle to make their nose look good.
That’s all by way of introducing you to the new Mercedes E220 Coupe, which I think has a very distinctive nose. The Mercedes logo is embedded on the long bonnet, but underneath the diamond patterned grille is dominated by Mercedes’ famous three-pointed star which is very impressive. The lights at the back are also classy. Take one look in a garage or supermarket car park and you won’t forget the car.
I have seen red promotional pictures of the E220, but my test model was white and it certainly earned a few compliments from people I met during the week. Inside the dominant colours were red and black which were used on the Nappa leather seats and door interiors.
With a starting price of over 53K for the AMG line automatic version I drove it could difficult for a first-time buyer to get into one. But then PCP seems to be the way to go nowadays.
Externally it looks very long and officially it’s longer, taller and wider than the previous version. But there is only room for only four people inside. If you are tall you need to be careful getting in or else you could give you head a fair old bang. Only two doors, which means the driver and/or front seat passenger getting out to allow the back seats passengers enter and exit.
While there are no rear doors the rear windows do scroll down and when all four windows are down you certainly get that sporty look as there are no ‘B’ pillars to spoil the sports look. All you need is a bit of luck with the Irish weather to experience the wind in your hair. I would suggest a drive along a coast road on a Sunday morning.
Naturally there is plenty power form coming from the 2.0-litre diesel engine which has 194 brake horse power. The dash is like the cockpit of an aeroplane with so many services available. I always love the cruise control lever on Mercedes cars and if you exceed the speed limit a light flashes on the dash reminding you of the speed limit on the section of road you are driving on. A great idea.
There is a decent sized boot and space for a spare wheel, but none provided. Just by accident I contacted the Mercedes Control Centre which located in Barcelona by pressing a button above my head. It’s similar service to Opel’s OnStar. The young man in Barcelona had time to chat and reassured me that all was well on La Rambla.
The price of the automatic version I drove came to €53,690. Then there is a plethora of extras including panoramic sun roof, which costs €2,559 and that plus various other extras brought the price of the car as tested to €72,057.
It’s gorgeous, but probably not very practical for a family man like me. Maybe best suited to a singleton, on a decent wage.