The Mercedes E class coupe is the perfect definition of what Mercedes does best: style, luxury, space, and technology. This is a leading-in-class coupe with wonderful interior design, more than enough space, and simply next-generation body style. Unlike many other models that try too hard when coming up with body styles, Mercedes seem to know just the way it should be done to appeal to all. As expected, under the hood, drivers have an option of three monstrous engines: The 191hp 2.0-liter diesel engine, a 242hp 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, or the best-in-class 328hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo v6 petrol engine. Built on the reliable and stylish E-class chassis, the coupe handles like a dream, and the advanced driver-assist features make this a dream car for many.
AT A GLANCE:
- Jaw-dropping interior
- Sleek body design
- Comfortable drive
- Economical and punchy engines
- Doesn’t handle as sporty as it looks
DESIGN: 4.5 / 5.0
Looks are mostly subjective but in the case of the E-class coupe, there is very little to argue about. The first impression of the car is a touch of S class and AMG sports design. The front grille and bumper make the car look aggressive and sporty. Just like the E-class sedan on which the car is based, Mercedes has matched the elegant body design with an even more sumptuous interior design. Everything in the cabin screams class and luxury and there is no reason as to why anybody wouldn’t want to drive this car. One unique thing about this car is the long-wheelbase for a conventional coupe and thus making the car very spacious. The coupe comfortably sits four people.
ENGINE, DRIVETRAIN, PERFORMANCE: 4.0 / 5.0
The E class coupe borrows the engines used in the Mercedes E class sedan cars. The best of all is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, available in the E400, which is very “torquey” thus giving the drivers a sporty feel when driving the vehicle. The 220d is powered by the 2.0-liter diesel engine while the E300 is powered by the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline-four engine. All the vehicle ranges are equipped with a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox. The E400 4matic also gets an all-wheel drive as standard.
Overall performance on the road is excellent especially the E400, which has a more powerful engine and better all-wheel drivetrain. The cabin is well sealed to minimize road noise to almost zero at highway cruising speeds.
TRIM LEVELS: 4.0 / 5.0
The Mercedes E class coupe only gets one trim level, which is the AMG line. Instead, these coupes have three switches on the center console which give three driving modes: comfort, sport, and extra sporty. These different driving modes alter the suspension settings, change gear shift points, add weight to the steering and reduce stability control intervention. However, the settings are configured to the coupe class, and hence even in extra sporty mode, you won’t get the actual sporty feel of a sports car.
SAFETY: 4.5 / 5.0
Mercedes never leave anything to chance when it comes to the safety of their cars. The E-class coupe has all the luxury safety features available in the luxury E-class sedan and an additional semi-autonomous driver-assist package. This package is radar and camera-driven and hence enables the car to perform a host of activities without the driver’s intervention. Semi-autonomous driving is engaged when the driver double clicks cruise control and in this mode, the car can change lanes, overtake, brake, and accelerate; all this while staying within the speed limits of the roads.
CONCLUSION: 4.5 / 5.0
The Mercedes E-class coupe has no real competition in its class as its performance is way superior to any rivals. Furthermore, its supposed rivals, the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 coupe are smaller in size and don’t really offer the kind of luxury offered by Mercedes. Thus, this is the go-to car for any driver who wants high-end luxury, large cabin spaces, and fun highway driving.