Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe de grace for travelling in style
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is a large, luxurious cruiser with a strong image and good driving manners, says Jack Evans.
The new E-Class Coupe aims to give drivers all of the luxury associated with the German manufacturer’s highest-specification cars but with a sleek, raked-back design.
The exterior is a real triumph. Pillarless and raked, it’s exactly what you want in a large, executive coupe.
Inside, it shares the saloon’s infotainment system – no bad thing – but there are exclusive touches such as new design vents to help give a bespoke look.
Look and image
There’s just one trim – AMG Line – which keeps things simple. All cars get large 19inch alloy wheels plus LED headlights and tail lights for a distinctive visual appeal.
However, the E-Class Coupe doesn’t just benefit from bespoke styling touches. It’s also 143mm longer and 74mm wider than the car it replaces which gives a far sportier look.
Space and practicality
As a coupe, you’d expect practicality to be pretty limited but those in the back have 74mm more legroom than before and, while headroom isn’t bad, very tall passengers may have trouble thanks to sloping roofline. The boot is a decent size too and the rear seats fold down.
Up front, there’s a good amount of room and the cabin has a sense of space with large, pillarless windows and the sunroof.
Behind the wheel
Large, luxurious coupes, such as the E-Class, need to be cossetting and relaxing to drive, but involving and sporty when you want them to be. The E-Class Coupe ticks most of those boxes.
On standard springs, it rides very well. At slower speeds, it can be a touch jostling but, up and running it soaks up bumps impressively.
The big-selling 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine is very refined, settling down nicely at cruising speeds. There’s also a 245hp, 2.0-litre turbo petrol E300 and 333hp biturbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol E400 4Matic.
A wider rear track helps the latest E-Class Coupe corner nicely but it’s inclined to understeer if you go into the bends too hard.
Value for money
The E220d Coupe starts at £40,135. For that, you get parking sensors, reversing camera, 8.4in infotainment screen with satellite navigation but we’d be inclined to pay £1,495 to upgrade to premium Comand infotainment with a 12.3in screen and for another £495 a second 12.3in display creates a widescreen viewing area which transforms the fascia.
You also get heated front seats and steering wheel-mounted touchpads.
Who would buy one?
The E-Class Coupe is ideal for those who want a luxurious, well-specified, premium way of getting around. It’s also a fine car to drive, a fine place to sit and – importantly in this class – a fine vehicle to look at.
TECH AND SPEC
Model: Mercedes-Benz E220d Coupe, £40,135
Engine: 2.0-litre, 194hp, four-cylinder turbo diesel mated to nine-speed automatic
Performance: 0-62mph 7.4 seconds; top speed 149mph
MPG: 61.4 combined
CO2 emissions: 119g/km