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First drive: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Friday10 March 2017, By Autovolo

First drive: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

First drive: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

What’s new?

The E-Class Coupe is the latest model to join Mercedes’ ever-expanding range. Smaller than the decadent S-Class Coupe but larger than the C-Class Coupe, it promises all of the luxury of the German manufacturer’s higher-specification cars but with a sleek, raked-back design.

On the exterior, this model is a winner. Pillar less and raked, it’s exactly what you want in a large, executive coupe.

Meanwhile, in the cabin, the E-Class Coupe is equally successful, featuring newly designed elements, such as the vents, which help to give the interior a bespoke look.

This model does use the same infotainment system as the standard saloon but that’s not a bad thing – we loved it in that car and it looks just as good here.

Looks and image

The E-Class Coupe comes in just one trim – AMG Line. This means that all cars come with large 19-inch alloy wheels plus LED headlights and taillights as standard, which lend a distinctive visual appeal to the model.

At 143mm longer than the car it replaces, and 74mm wider, the new coupe could be considered bulky. However, there is no fear of that, with its hunkered-down shape giving it a far sportier appearance than the previous-generation E-Class Coupe.

Space and practicality

One would expect practicality in the E-Class to be seriously limited in comparison to the estate. However, this model is impressively capacious, with rear legroom increasing by 74mm on its predecessor, while headroom isn’t bad either (very tall passengers may be troubled by the car’s sloping roofline). The boot and front seats offer decent space too.

In fact, the entire cabin has a great sense of space about it, which is thanks to the large, pillarless windows and the sunroof.

Behind the wheel

A large luxury coupe such as the E-Class needs to achieve a delicate balance between cossetting and relaxing to drive, while also involving and sporty. The E-Class Coupe does an admirable job of ticking these boxes, riding well on standard springs. At slower speeds it can be a touch jostling, but otherwise it soaks up bumps in the road impressively.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet is a staple of the carmaker’s range, and it’s easy to see why. It’s refined at cruising speeds, and only occasionally grumbles at lower speeds – but that’s to be expected of a small-capacity diesel.

The E-Class Coupe corners nicely thanks to a wider rear track than its predecessor. However, enter bends too hard and it will be inclined to understeer.

Value for money

The E 220d Coupe start at £40,135. This includes parking sensors, a reversing camera and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation. However, for £1,495 you can upgrade that system to Mercedes’ premium Comand infotainment, which increases the screen size to 12.3-inches. And if you’ve paid that, you may as well pay £495 for a second 12.3-inch display, which creates a truly widescreen viewing area, which completely transforms the interior of the car.

Heated front seats and steering wheel-mounted touchpads are also included in these options.

Who would buy one?

The E-Class Coupe is the ideal comfortable, stylish and premium way of getting around. With three engine choices – and two more on the way – there is a powertrain for just about everyone, and high levels of equipment as standard mean that there shouldn’t be too many costly extras needed.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Model: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Performance: 0 – 60mph in 7.2 seconds, 149mph top speed
Economy: 61.4mpg (combined cycle)
Emissions: 119g/km CO2