MercedesBenz EClass Coupe Review

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Review

Pros: Elegant styling, ample choice of models, refined ride

Cons: Interior doesn’t match the exterior style, rivals offer a more dynamic drive, expensive

Model range

What is the Mercedes E-Class Coupe?

As its name suggests, the Mercedes E-Class Coupe is a two-door coupe version of the current Mercedes E-Class, replacing the previous CLK range. Like the saloon, it too was facelifted for 2013.

Road test

Performance

The Mercedes E-Class Coupe range is fitted with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. The E 220 CDI has a surprising 170hp, can accelerate to 62mph in 8.3 seconds and is best matched to the slick seven-speed automatic transmission.

Performance lovers should look at the E 400 AMG Sport Plus though with 333hp and 0-62mph acceleration in 5.2 seconds. As Mercedes doesn’t offer a full-fat E 63 AMG in the Coupe range, it’s the hottest model fast car fnas can buy.

Ride and handling

You shouldn’t expect the same dynamic drive you get in a BMW 4 Series with a Mercedes E-Class Coupe; instead, think of this car as a sportier version of the E-Class saloon – but with all that car’s excellent ride quality in tact.

There are three chassis options; the first being adaptive Agility Control Suspension, which has Comfort and Sport modes. We preferred Comfort, as the Sport mode wrecks the ride. The second is Agility Control Sport Suspension, while the E 400 has a Dynamic Handling Package, with selectable transmission modes.

Behind the wheel

Dashboard and driving position

Like the E-Class saloon, the Coupe has a comfortable driving position, with plenty of adjustment allowing all shapes and sizes to get comfortable.

However, the dashboard design looks dated when compared with modern rivals such as the BMW 4 Series. We have issues with its centre console in particular, as there are too many small, fiddly buttons for the stereo and climate control. Features such as the gear selector on the steering column and the foot-operated parking brake might not appeal to all, either.

Visibility

Thick roof pillars and curvy front and rear styling make manoeuvring and parking more difficult. Thankfully, Parktronic with Active Park Assist, which not only picks parking spaces but guides the car in too, is fitted as standard on all models.

Gadgets and technology

Gadgets

Every Mercedes E-Class Coupe is fitted with the COMAND Online Multimedia and navigation system, with features including radio/CD player, a bigger seven-inch colour screen with 3D map display, access to the internet via a mobile phone and Bluetooth.

Other COMAND standard kit includes SD memory card slot, 10GB music stowage and MP3 compatibility. There is also a Media Interface included for the connection of media devices, such as an iPod via aux-in or USB cables.

Tech guide

— Smartphone connectivity: Bluetooth connectivity is standard on all models, and there are also USB and aux-in sockets

— Navigation: COMAND sat nav, which is hard drive based, is standard on all models

— Personalisation: Telephone integration displays menus from user’s devices on the car display screens on all models

— Audio: A USB socket and a DAB digital radio are standard on all models. Bluetooth audio streaming is part of the COMAND Media Interface.

— Internet: The COMAND Online system, offers internet connectivity via a mobile phone

— Can it Tweet or Facebook: Yes, but you need the optional Drive Kit Plus

— What is the standout gadget on the Mercedes E-Class Coupe: The optional Drive Kit Plus, as it gives social media access in the car via a mobile phone

Passenger space and practicality

Passenger space

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There is room for two in the back of the E-Class Coupe, but legroom is only adequate and the curvy roof eats into the rear headroom. With its large doors and easily folded front seats, access to the rear seats is excellent; we also like how the rear windows fold right down.

Boot space

Considering this is a coupe, with 450 litres, the E-Class has a massive boot. Bigger than both the Audi A5 Coupe and BMW 4 Series, it is deep and well-shaped with a low loading sill. To help practicality further, a split/fold rear seat is fitted as standard on all E-Class Coupes.

Refinement

The sharp styling cuts through the air well, so there is no wind noise at speed (and the superb aerodunamics cut fuel consumtopn at speed). However, even with the smallest 17-inch alloys, road noise can become tiresome on long trips. The four-cylinder engines can be disappointingly noisy, too.

Safety

No fewer than nine airbags, the clever Pre-Safe system that prepares the car for a crash and even an active bonnet are all fitted as standard. The E-Class Coupe has not been individually tested, but the E-Class saloon with similar kit was awarded a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Running Costs/Value for Money/Pricing

Fuel economy

It might be a Mercedes coupe, but the E-Class Coupe is surprisingly cheap to run, although you’ll see the most benefit with diesel power. Our favourite, the E 220 CDI, has 170hp yet it has CO2 emissions of 123g/km, which equals tax of Ј105 and a combined consumption of 60.1mpg.


The BMW 420d is probably the hottest competition and has more power with 184hp but has slightly higher emissions at 124g/km.

Quality

Quality is, overall, impressive, but look closer inside and there are too many hard, unappealing plastics and surfaces on show considering the prices. Still, like the saloon and estate models, this Mercedes has a reputation built up on durability and reliability.

Pricing and equipment

Pricing for the E-Class Coupe kicks off at Ј35,095 for the SE. AMG Sport editions look sharper, with more aggressive AMG body styling, lowered suspension and bigger 18-inch wheels and with the same engine and transmission costs Ј2,495 more at Ј37,590.

Compared with BMW’s new coupe challenger, the 420d in M Sport trim, the BMW costs over Ј2,000 less and is more of a driver’s car.

Value for money

This Mercedes almost justifies its high prices with impressive levels of standard equipment; even the SE has leather trim and the COMAND sat nav. The options list can, however, see this quickly spiral.

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