Joshua Dowling road tests and reviews the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe with specs, fuel consumption and verdict

Coupes historically have short bursts of popularity.

Because they are so style-driven, they tend to be bought by the fashion conscious - and fall out of vogue as quickly as people fell in love with them.

But we're spoiled for choice right now with this recent arrival - the Mercedes C Class Coupe - helping stimulate the rest of the segment.

Design

The Mercedes C Class sedan looks like it was always meant to be a coupe. The interior design is essentially the same as the sedan. The biggest difference, stating the obvious, is the lack of rear doors. Coupe owners rarely talk about it, but they pay a high price for style. The longer doors are a pain to open - and squeeze in to or out of - in tight parking spaces, and having passengers clamber into the back seat is never elegant, no matter what badge is on the car.

As with the sedan, the C Class Coupe is a serene machine.

About town

Despite the stretched appearance due to its sleek lines, the C Class Coupe is no longer than the sedan on which it is based, so the turning circle is the same (11.2 metres) and it fits in the same size parking space. The boot is generously sized: 400 litres is not as big as, say, a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic sedan, but it's enough for a decent shopping spree.

On the road

As with the sedan, the C Class Coupe is a serene machine. Despite riding on 19-inch wheels and low profile tyres, it doesn't crash through bumps. Visibility is fair for a coupe; blind spot warning makes up for a slightly restricted over-shoulder view. A 360-degree camera helps prevent scrubbing the alloy wheels on the gutter when parking.

As much as rivals may tire of reading this, it really is hard to fault the C Class coupe.

Performance

The 300 badge used to represent V6 power on a Mercedes, so I was surprised to hear a four-cylinder under the bonnet. It's the same 2.0-litre turbo engine used in the C200 coupe (from $65,900) but the wick has been turned up. It sounds a little flat but it has more than enough oomph (0 to 100kmh in a claimed 6.0 seconds) thanks in part to the seven-speed auto. It should get a bit smarter off the line once the nine-speed auto is added late this year or early next (bringing it in line with the cabriolet).