Comfy, spacious coupe impresses with bigger engines
- 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
- E 220 d and E 300 lack performance
- Some wind noise
- Optional technology features are expensive
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.