Fabulous E Class Coupe
The Mercedes E-Class Coupe is one of the best designs of a Mercedes coupe yet seen, despite the subjective opinion on the looks of a car. Two doors being the only option, and seating four in contrast to a modern trend of having four door coupes creeping into the market, the E class coupe possesses a sleek design, which puts it in a class of its own in comparison to the previous Mercedes coupes.
Currently there are three engine sizes available for purchase in the UK: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel 220 d, a turbocharged 2.0 four-cylinder petrol 300 and turbocharged 3.0 V6 petrol 400 4MATIC, with the latter possessing all-wheel drive as standard. Furthermore, nine-speed automatic gearbox is also standard across the range with AMG Line being the one trim level on offer. Six-cylinder diesel and performance AMG versions are likely to follow.
As the Mercedes E-Class Coupe goes on sale, it will do so distanced from its rivals. The BMW 6 Series and the Audi A7 cost a considerable amount more, whereas the Audi A5 Coupe and the BMW 4 series are smaller and are cheaper to purchase.
The 220 d diesel feels suited to the E-Class Coupe and is likely to be the best selling of the E class engines despite not being the most powerful engine available. The engine never feels out of breath and only beings to noticeably strain when pushed extremely hard. When cruising, the diesel noise is unnoticeable. The 300 petrol possesses more power but less low-down pull and needs to be worked much harder than the diesel to make the same progress. Further, it is not the smoothest petrol engine and does not sound overly sporty.
The 400 petrol gets six cylinders, so its inherently more powerful. It takes just 5.3 seconds to reach 62 mph from 0mph. Four-wheel drive as standard allows the 400 petrol to speed off the line quickly regardless of weather. Perhaps more importantly than outright speed, the 400 feels punchy throughout the rev range, making it a comfortable car to cover long distances in. The only issue, is that the extra ability comes with an increased price tag and increased running costs.
All the engines come with a nine-speed automatic gear box that when left to its own devices distributes power intelligently and responds rapidly to manual input at the paddles.
The E-class Coupe comes with either one of two different suspension types. Steel springs with adaptive dampers are available as standard or an optional air suspension that can be stiffened and softened too. Road imperfections at high speed are nullified by Mercedes air suspension, although the occasional pothole can throw it off. The steel springs are less compliant at all speeds.
The E-Class Coupes good performance, comfort and quietness are not matched with decent agility. Despite riding lower to the ground than the saloon and high levels of grip, the Coupes numb steering and body lean means there’s little enjoyment in throwing It round tight turns. However, it does possess good grip and balance between front and rear wheels.
The E-Class Coupe comes with driver and passenger electric seat adjustment, as well as electric lumbar adjustment. This means drivers and passengers will have ease in finding a comfortable position, furthermore the seats provide good lateral support and there is enough leg and head room that the tallest will not feel hemmed in.
The majority of Coupes suffer from restricted rear visibility and the E-Class Coupe is no different. It’s sloping rear end is aesthetically pleasing, however the small rear screen and large, thick pillars get in the way. The impact of this is lessened by all Coupes inclusion of front and rear parking sensors as standard, whilst the view forward from the car is very good.
The visually stunning infotainment system is only standard on the 400 petrol. The 220 d and 300 E-Class Coupes instead come with a 8.4 inch colour screen instead but do possess sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and two USB sockets as standard and the rotary controller means its pretty simple to navigate.
Upgrading to the 12.3 inch screen Command Online infotainment system is a considerable cost, however it does come with a more advanced sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as an onboard WiFi hotspot.
Whichever system chosen, the E-Class Coupe impresses with its interior quality. Everything seen and interacted with feels plush- it does not even feel much of a step down from Mercedes’ S-Class inside.
Space & Practicality
There is very considerable space around the E-Class Coupes front seats, however due to the sloping rear end, rear space is more restricted than in the E-Class saloon, but two average height adults will be able to fit. An Audi A7 seats two adults more comfortable, but the E-Class Coupe is on par with the BMW 6 Series and contains more space than an Audi A5 or BMW 4 series.
On paper, boot space seems generous with Mercedes quoting 425 litres. In reality, the space is quite flat and has narrow access. However, the rear seats can be split 40:20:40 as standard and can be folded down to ensure more space within the boot.
In the front, Mercedes provides a generous cubbyhole underneath the front armrest between the front seats and a decent sized door pocket in each door. The back of the car has a couple of cup holders between the rear seats as well as an armrest one each side, however there are no side pockets. The floor is raised in the middle, but this matters little given there are only two seats.
The pricing of the Mercedes E-Class Coupe seems a good deal, due to the fact the starting price of the 220 d diesel is a fair amount cheaper than its closest rivals such as the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 series. Smaller cars such as Audi A5 and BMW 4 series are quite a bit cheaper. Although it is yet to release figures, Mercedes’ financed deals are often some of the best around.
Of the engines that are currently available, the 220 d diesel makes the most sense. It is the cheapest of the range and is the cheapest company car choice due to its CO2 emissions of 119g/km. This is why Mercedes believes the 220 d diesel will sell the best. Every E-Class Coupe comes with a three-year unlimited miles warranty.