Comfy, spacious coupe impresses with powerful engines
- Spacious, luxurious interior, large boot
- Very smooth ride with air suspension
- State-of-the-art technology
- Good to drive with six-cylinder engines
- E 220 d and E 300 lack performance
- Some wind noise at speed
- Expensive to buy in the first place
- Optional tech expensive, too
Despite being a familiar body style, the E-Class Coupe actually has few direct rivals. The BMW 4 Series and BMW 6 Series are perhaps closest in concept, though the former is more of a rival for the C-Class, and the latter has 14mm less rear legroom than the Merc, and isn’t available with all-wheel drive or four-cylinder engines.
However the 6 Series is much more expensive than the E-Class. Other four-seat luxury coupes are either significantly smaller (such as the Audi A5 and Lexus RC), or significantly more expensive (Lexus LC and 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 the diesel is available with 4Matic all-wheel drive at extra cost. All come fitted with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic gearbox that’s present in many other Merc models.
If at all possible, however, we’d recommend avoiding the four-cylinder models. The E 400 4Matic steps up with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and standard all-wheel drive, adding the silky refinement and prestige that the striking looks deserve.
If you prefer diesel then the E 350 d will appeal with silky-smooth performance and surprisingly frugal running costs. This comes exclusively with 4Matic, like the E 400.
A high-performance E 43 AMG (featuring a re-engineered version of the E 400’s 3.0-litre V6 engine) is expected to join the line-up, too.
Just one trim level to choose
All UK cars are offered in desirable AMG Line specification, adding sporty 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 (which you should definitely go for), and while a basic infotainment screen with sat-nav is standard, the Comand Online system introduces several feature-packed systems 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.
The Parkers Verdict
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is an extremely appealing coupe with genuine space for four in its sumptuous yet modern interior. There are strong engines and a relaxed driving experience, but it’s very easy to spend a small fortune adding desirable extras on. But with few direct rivals, the E-Class appeals for its air of quality and exclusivity, especially because it looks just like the much more expensive S-Class Coupe.
Read on for the full Parkers Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe review.
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