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Mercedes C-Class coupe (2011-2015) - Practicality & boot space

Mercedes C-Class Coupe is surprisingly practical for a sporty two-door coupe

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In many ways, the Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a no-compromise coupe, offering some serious style alongside decent practicality. If you want more space, then choose the Mercedes C-Class estate, the four-door Audi A5 Sportback hatchback or the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe hatchback. These models provide a larger bootlid – making it easier to load bulky objects – and four doors.

Mercedes C-Class Coupe interior space and storage

The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the sports suspension pack – which is fitted as standard on all UK cars – is really good, offering a decent blend of performance and comfort. The only disappointing aspect of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe when it comes to comfort is the driving position.

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The seat and steering wheel are adjustable, but the pedals are angled to the right of the driver, while the wheel is angled to the left, making things slightly awkward. This is another reason to choose automatic transmission, as with no clutch pedal it's slightly less of a bugbear.

The rear seats are strictly for two passengers, and as with most coupes, rear headroom is restricted. However, they're practical and adults can fit in relatively comfortably, although preferably only for fairly short journeys. Getting in and out of the back seats is made easier thanks to the motorised front seats, which just need a slight nudge to move forward and greatly improve access.

Turning to storage, the door bins aren't that practical, but since there's a foot-operated parking brake, the centre console has been freed up for a practical armrest with storage space. There's also a cubby next to the gearstick for holding essentials like your keys, wallet and phone. The BMW 4 Series has a conventional handbrake, but BMW has still managed to offer some storage space in front of the gearstick.

Mercedes C-Class Coupe boot space

The Coupe's boot is also almost as big as the saloon's, and at 450 litres, it's only five litres short of an Audi A5 Coupe's. The BMW 4 Series trumps both of them with its 480-litre luggage capacity. On the plus side, the C-Class Coupe's rear seats split and fold, which is great for those trips to IKEA or the DIY store.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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