Re: DB’s ICE trains.
Yes, second class is comfortable. That’s probably one reason why the first class capacity on these trains consists of just a small compartment.
Contrast that to Virgin Trains’ Pendolinos. On an 11-coach Pendolino you find that first class takes up four carriages.
However, the UK’s rail network has a restricted loading guage compared with its counterparts in mainland Europe.
For that reason the Pendolino trains operating in the UK are narrower and hence less spacious inside because trackside space must be found for the ’tilt.’