What's the used Mercedes E-Class coupe like?
If you’re after a suave and comfortable four-seat coupé that’s good to drive and wears a premium badge, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé could well be the car for you. It’s a handsome car, recognisably a Mercedes and, unlike any other car in this class, has a nicely understated elegance to its lines. Underneath, it shares its underpinnings with the E-Class saloon – it's a good thing, since that’s a very competent executive car.
There’s a good range of petrol and diesel engines to seek out, depending on your wants and needs.
There is only one trim level, however, and that’s AMG Line. It’s well equipped and features 19in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, cruise control, LED headlights, aDAB radio and Bluetooth.
We would say it’s worth trying to find a car with the upgraded infotainment system for the best experience. Entry-level E220d and E300 models come with an 8.4in colour screen, with sat-nav as standard. With a rotary controller, the system is pretty simple to navigate, too. However, upgrading to the 12.3in screen with the Comand Online infotainment system brings more advanced sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, as well as a wi-fi hotspot.
On the road, the E-Class Coupé lives up to its lively looks. The best seller is the E220d, with a 191bhp 2.0-litre diesel; it's a smooth performer at a cruise, with plenty of punch and reasonable fuel economy, and only starts to turn a little gruff when pressed into action around town. For a lot more power and a little more refinement, there’s the E350d, a V6 diesel that comes as standard only with four-wheel drive. Of the petrol cars, the 242bhp E300 has power on paper, but needs to be revved to achieve its best on the road and can be a little noisy. The E400 has four-wheel drive as standard, too, accompanied by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers plenty of oomph – 0-62mph takes only 5.3sec – and makes a nicer noise, but it’ll be costly to run.
All engines come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that does a fine job of distributing power intelligently when left to its own devices and will respond quickly to manual input via paddle shifts.
Two suspension types are available: steel springs with adaptive dampers, which are standard, or optional air suspension. The air suspension does a very good job of soaking up road imperfections at high speeds, although the occasional sharp-edged pothole or particularly rough stretch of road can throw it off. The steel springs work well, too, but smaller undulations can send judders through the car.
In the corners, the E-Class Coupé doesn’t match its good performance, quietness and comfort with great sporting agility. The steering’s a little numb and there’s a bit of body lean; should you push on, though, you’ll discover there’s plenty of grip and nicely neutral handling.
Inside, it’s easy to find a good driving position, thanks to an electrically adjustable seat and steering wheel. The dashboard is beautifully designed and the larger of the two infotainment options is visually stunning. All the major and minor controls are logically laid out, while all the buttons and switches are superbly damped and easy to operate. The quality of the materials is high, with plenty of leather on show.
Space wise, there’s a reasonable amount of room for two up front, but the two in the rear won’t want to be there for long, unless they’re very short. The boot looks a good size on paper, but in reality the space is quite flat and access to it is awkward.