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  • Choice of two petrol engines and two diesels
  • All come with nine-speed automatic gearbox
  • Hotter E43 AMG Coupe to arrive later

Mercedes E-Class Coupe: which engines does it have?

Mercedes E-Class Coupe: two diesel options

The E-Class Coupe is offered with a choice of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The four-cylinder E 220 d Coupe turbodiesel produces 194hp, powering the four-seat coupe from zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and on to 151mph.

A generous rush of torque does offer easy acceleration at moderate speeds, but the small diesel strains noisily if full acceleration is required on the motorway and can feel lethargic compared to more powerful engines in the range.

The other diesel option is the E 350 d 4Matic. With 258hp and a huge 620Nm of torque coming from its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, it provides a noticeable jump in performance over the E 220 d, enabling it to sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.0 seconds. Standard 4Matic all-wheel drive assists with traction here.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe petrol power

The E 300 uses a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. With 245hp, it accelerates from zero to 62mph in 6.4 seconds, and on to 155mph. The deep engine note sounds far more enticing than the diesel’s at idle, but while performance is acceptable at moderate revs, it feels inadequate under harder acceleration – joining a motorway slip road, for instance – and the exhaust note thrashes unpleasantly above 3,000rpm.

The refinement of six-cylinder models feels much more in keeping with the character of this large, luxurious four-seat coupe. The E 400 4Matic’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 produces 333hp, providing enough performance to accelerate from 0-62mph in a far swifter 5.3 seconds, with a 155mph top speed.

Its acceleration isn’t astounding, but the E 400 has more than enough muscle coming in one fluid surge of power, and emits a cultured, if suitably subdued, exhaust note even at much higher revs.

Select Sport Plus mode and the throttle responds almost too eagerly to small inputs, but in lesser modes it’s more relaxed without being lazy, which suits the E-Class Coupe perfectly. Keep it in Comfort, or select your own individual mode to get the most out of the E-Class’s refined, wafty nature.

All models are fitted with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, which is generally smooth and swift to react. Drivers wanting full control can change gear via the steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

Mercedes-AMG E 43 Coupe

A high-performance E 43 AMG Coupe is due to round out the range, with an expected 402hp, if performance figures from other AMG models are anything to go by. This is likely to be a 4Matic model, too.

  • No sports car, but composure and performance impresses
  • Air suspension provides wafting comfort
  • 4Matic models provide traction, grip and security

Mercedes E-Class Coupe: how does it drive?

For a car that could be forgiven for being a relaxed cruiser, the E-Class Coupe handles surprisingly well, particularly when specified with optional air suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

With its blend of comfort, performance and composure, the E 400 4Matic is particularly satisfying, gripping strongly and displaying an unexpected agility on twisting roads. The 4Matic system typically feels rear-wheel drive for a more satisfying drive – though less so than BMW’s xDrive system – but the extra traction out of tighter turns means it’s both more sure-footed and significantly faster than E-Class Coupes not fitted with 4Matic.

This is all if you drive it in Sport mode, though, as leaving it in Comfort will see you bouncing around corners with quite a lot of body roll – the E-Class can feel quite a heavy car in this mode. It makes it great as a car to just potter around in, but if you want to feel more involved in the bends, you’ll need to fiddle with the driving modes.

The E 400 4Matic doesn’t feel like an out-and-out sports car, but it’s highly impressive. In comparison, an E 220 d on standard suspension and with rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional on four-cylinder models) feels less poised and confidence-inspiring when driven harder.

Steering

The steering is electrically assisted and features a variable ratio – the latter means the steering turns the front wheels at a progressively faster rate the more the driver twists the wheel. So while the steering is slow and stable on a motorway, the driver’s hands don’t need to move as much on a meandering mountain road.

Mercedes E-Class Coupe rear driving shot

While the increasingly fast ratio is noticeable at first, it soon feels natural and contributes to the E-Class Coupe’s eagerness to change direction.

Electric steering also allows Mercedes engineers to significantly increase the level of power assistance at very low speeds, making it easy to twirl the wheel around while squeezing into tight parking spaces. The E-Class Coupe is quite a large car, and does have a relatively thick rear roof pillar and narrow rear window, so the standard-fit reversing camera is extremely helpful.

While this steering set-up makes light work of various situations, it also feels a little lifeless, with a limited amount of feedback coming through to the driver from the wheels.

You can dial up the weightiness by selecting a different driving mode, but it does all feel a little artificial, making the E-Class a much better car to waft around in than really lob it into corners like you would a proper sports coupe.