2013 Mercedes E-Class Coupe driven
* Revised E-Class Coupe driven in UK * New look; cleaner engines and more kit * On sale now; priced from £35,095...
The Mercedes E-Class Coupe has been heavily revised in line with the rest of the E-Class range.
The most obvious changes are outside with the Coupe's restyled grille and headlights. Inside, the three trim levels (SE, AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus) offer more standard equipment for your money.
CO2 emissions and fuel economy have improved, too. The old V8 petrol (E500) has been replaced with a more efficient twin-turbo V6 (E400), while the E200 petrol has been updated to make it more frugal.
The four-cylinder diesels (the E220 and E250 CDI) are still available, plus there's a six-cylinder diesel E350 Bluetec.
A six-speed manual is fitted to the entry-level 220 CDI, but a seven-speed auto is standard on every other engine.
What's the 2013 Mercedes E-Class Coupe like to drive?
We drove what Mercedes believes is going to be the biggest seller the E220 CDI. It's the only engine that's available with entry-level SE trim, although our test car was an AMG Sport model.
Unfortunately, unlike the SE, the AMG Sport comes with sports suspension, which can't be deselected. This makes the ride slightly firmer than we'd like, but at least the Coupe doesn't thump and crash its way along bumpy roads like equivalent versions of the E-Class Cabriolet.
What's more, the stiffer setup helps the Coupe control its body movements through corners, and while there's a bit of play in the steering around the straight-ahead, it has a nice consistent weight to it throughout bends.
Ultimately, though, although we haven't driven the softer SE suspension on the facelifted car, we'd still recommend sticking with it, as it helped make the ride more supple on the pre-facelift model.
The Coupe does a better job of masking the four-cylinder diesel engine's gruffness, too. The engine is still noisy when really pushed, but it's smoother and quieter than ever thanks to better soundproofing and new engine mounts.
On the motorway, the engine noise blends into the background, and although there's some tyre roar, wind noise isn't too much of an issue.
The E220 CDI's healthy torque reserves offer all the performance you're likely to want. The only thing that lets it down is the optional twin-clutch, seven-speed automatic gearbox, which has a tendency to dither in both automatic and manual modes.
That said, we'd still recommend the automatic over the notchy six-speed manual gearbox that comes as standard with this engine.
What's the 2013 Mercedes E-Class Coupe like inside?
New interior trim makes the dash look and feel classier than before. However, the Coupe's standard Comand infotainment system keeps its confusing three-layer menu, so is still tricky to navigate.
There's plenty of head- and legroom in the front seats, which are comfortable and easy to adjust using the standard electric controls. The steering wheel benefits from a good range of adjustment, too.
Things aren't so impressive in the rear. Shoulder-room is okay and the seats themselves are comfortable, but there isn't enough head- or legroom to accommodate anyone approaching six-feet tall.
The boot is a good size, and a nice square shape, although the small, saloon-style opening prevents you from loading bulky items.
The 2013 E-Class Coupe has gone up in price, but it comes with much more equipment than before.
Entry-level SE models get 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.
Should I buy one?
The latest E-Class Coupe is a better value proposition than before, because although it's gone up in price, it comes with more standard equipment and most versions are cheaper to run.
The 220 CDI is also more refined, which is important for the large number of company car drivers who are likely to consider one. It's just a shame you can no longer choose the more comfortable SE suspension with the more powerful diesel engines.
As such, our pick of the range is now the 220 CDI SE, which merits a four-star rating. It isn't as fast or refined as our previous favourite, the 350 CDI, but it's more affordable to run and now over 7000 cheaper to buy.
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Price from 35,095
Torque 295lb ft
Top speed 146mph
Fuel economy 60.1mpg