Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe full 9 point review
The E-Class Coupe is available with same five engines as the E-Class Cabriolet, which includes four- and six-cylinder petrols and diesels. We've only driven the 220 CDI, which offers all the power you're likely to need, pulling strongly from below 3000rpm. Traditionally the larger 350 CDI is stronger and smoother, but we've yet to try it.
Ride & Handling
Both the SE and AMG Sport get Mercedes' speed-sensitive steering, which is precise and has a nice consistent weight. It's a shame you can only have the more supple SE suspension set-up on the entry-level SE trim, although the stiffer AMG Sport set up is more comfortable than it was on pre-facelift models. That said, body control is better on the AMG Sport.
The E-Class Coupe shuts out wind noise well, considering it has frameless side windows. However, its big wheels and tyres generate some road noise. The four-cylinder diesels are far more refined than they used to be, with little noise and vibration being transmitted to the cabin. The twin-clutch automatic gearbox changes smoothly.
Buying & Owning
The E-Class Coupe is expensive compared with rivals, but comes stacked with standard equipment. What's more, every model gets the company's Blue Efficiency measures to trim fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; even the E350 CGI petrol returns a very respectable 49.6mpg. Insurance groupings are also relatively low, but servicing is expensive.
Quality & Reliability
The E-Class looks and feel a premium product inside, and everything is well screwed together. Go for one of the more expensive models and you get a leather-wrapped dash which heightens the sense of luxury further. The pre-facelift E-Class Coupe did well in our recent JD Power survey, and scored particularly well for reliability.
Safety & Security
The E-class Coupe has nine airbags, force-limiting seatbelts and the company's Pre-Safe system that puts you in the best position to survive a crash, but it also does more than most cars to help you prevent one in the first place. There's a driver drowsiness detection system as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes, while the options include a speed limit alert, blind-spot and lane-change warnings, and automatic braking if a collision is inevitable.
Behind The Wheel
The seats are firm and supportive, and visibility is surprisingly good for a Coupe. However, while the interior layout is orderly, it's not intuitive; the menu-style control system is complex, and its shortcut buttons are on the dashboard rather than grouped around the controller where you'd expect them. The more options you specify, the more fiddly it gets, and there's also the quirky Mercedes single-stalk indicator/wiper.
Space & Practicality
The distance between the Coupe's wheels is 115mm shorter than the saloon's and it has a steeply sloping roofline – two factors which limit who can ride comfortably in the back. Rear legroom is adequate, and the rear seats fold to form a shallow, but large and square, boot; the large, wide-opening doors make access to the rear relatively easy, if sometimes slightly undignified.
There are three trim options with the Coupe – SE, AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus – and all are well specced. SE gets an online sat-nav system as standard, along with a DAB radio and an Active Parking Assist system. AMG Sport trim adds a sportier bodykit, larger alloys, the stiffer sports suspension, leather seats and partial LED headlights. The range-topping AMG Sport Plus version gets even bigger wheels, sports seats, an upgraded stereo and keyless start.