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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Comfy, spacious coupe impresses with bigger engines

PROS

  • Spacious, luxurious interior, large boot
  • Very smooth ride with air suspension
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Good to drive with six-cylinder engines
  • Cheaper and more spacious than BMW 6 Series

CONS

  • E 220 d and E 300 lack performance
  • Some wind noise
  • Optional technology features are expensive

Verdict

The E-Class Coupe is a four-seater coupe from Mercedes-Benz, which is positioned between the smaller C-Class Coupe and larger S-Class Coupe in the German manufacturer’s growing range.

Despite being a familiar concept, the E-class Coupe has few direct rivals. The BMW 4 Series and BMW 6 Series are perhaps closest in concept, though the latter has 14mm less rear legroom, and isn’t available with all-wheel drive or four-cylinder engines. The 640i is most directly comparable, but is almost 20% more expensive. Other four-seat luxury coupes are either significantly smaller (Audi S5, Lexus RC), or significantly more expensive (Lexus LC, Maserati GranTurismo).

Comfortable and great to drive

The E-class Coupe is comfort-focused and luxurious first and foremost, with a plush interior, high-quality materials and excellent build quality, but it can also be surprisingly agile and fun to drive in the right specification. While the four-cylinder E 220 d turbodiesel and E 300 turbocharged petrol might bring the E-class Coupe in reach of those on lower budgets – and company car schemes, with up to 70mpg and just 106g/km CO2 for the diesel – they feel underpowered and too unrefined for a four-seat coupe wearing a premium badge.

Both the E 220 d and E 300 are rear-wheel drive, but available with 4Matic all-wheel drive at extra cost. While most derivatives will be fitted with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic gearbox, a lower-powered E 200 four-cylinder petrol will be launched from mid-2017 with a six-speed manual gearbox.

If at all possible, however, we’d recommend avoiding the four-cylinder models. The E400 4Matic steps up with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive, adding the silky refinement and prestige that the striking looks deserve.

The E 350 d (a six-cylinder turbodiesel) and high-performance E43 AMG (featuring a re-engineered version of the E 400’s 3.0-litre V6 engine) are set to arrive soon after launch.

One trim level upon launch

All UK cars are offered in desirable AMG Line specification, adding sportier body styling, 19-inch alloy wheels and useful extras including a reversing camera as standard.

It’s still easy to spend a large amount of money on options, however, especially when it comes to state-of-the-art technology. ‘Widescreen’ digital screens that stretch out across the dashboard are optional, and while a basic infotainment screen with sat-nav is standard, the Comand Online system introduces more advanced navigation, wireless smartphone charging and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (allowing restricted smartphone functions such as Maps and Media to be controlled via the vehicle’s media system) at extra cost. Advanced driver-assistance systems – which include the capability to bring the car to a stop in traffic, move off again, and steer for short periods – are also available.

Mercedes has logically bundled many of these features together in attractive options packages, strongly incentivising owners to spend thousands of pounds extra to create their perfect specification.

Read on for the full Parkers Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe review.

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