Mercedes currently sells seven cars with the word “coupe” in their name. More than half of them are, in the strict sense of the term, not cut off. They have four doors or, in extreme cases, the ride height of an SUV. And the visibility of a mailbox.
I can’t accuse the E-Class Coupé of such things…
Absolutely not. It’s a two-door four-seater in the most traditional sense, with the purposeful proportions and languid character of the best Merc coupes of yesteryear. Although with an absolute Santa Claus sleigh on board so that it is respectful of the past and aware of the future; Few cars in this class have as much technology and potential for autonomous driving as the E.
It is the product of more than 50 years of history, dating back to 1968 and the wonderfully named “Stroke Eight Coupe.” And Mercedes does what it does best: luxury, space, technology and style. Of course, there’s a selfish element to choosing a coupe, but Merc has tried to make that decision easier by making this new car much longer and wider than its predecessor. Ultimately, that means 74mm more legroom in the rear and better handling, too.
What is it powered by?
The E-Class Coupé comes with a mix of petrol and diesel engines. The first consists of three options; the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder E300, the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder E450, and the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder E53 AMG, all of which also happen to be mild hybrids. No, there is no proper version of the E63 AMG with a V8 engine. There never will be.
There are also a couple of diesels, which may be less fashionable than ever, but probably fit well on some lists of more luxurious and accommodating company cars. There’s the 2.0-litre 4-cyl E220d and the 3.0-litre 6-cyl E400d, the former being the cheapest way to get an E-Class coupe, priced at over £45,000, with a 34% BIK rate. With a claimed 47.9mpg and 154g/km CO2, it’s predictably the cleanest way to go for an E Coupe, at 30.1mpg and 212g/km from the dirtiest E53 AMG. However, his BIK rate is 37%.
All cars come with at least a UK AMG-style trim coat, while all have a nine-speed automatic gearbox and all but the E220d and E300 come with four-wheel drive as standard.
No rear-wheel drive heroism here?
The E-Class Coupe is too fancy for that. And like the closely related E-Class convertible, it lives in something of a class of its own. Neither Audi nor BMW has a direct rival (their coupe offerings are either smaller or significantly more expensive), while occasional esoteric rivals like Infiniti (remember them?) and Lexus have lived much more expensive lives than the E.
What’s the verdict?
The E-Class Coupé is not an exotic and exciting option, but rather (deliberately) the opposite: you buy it if you want chic luxury that blends in with the decor and low your heart rate. And it’s exceptionally good at everything.
The E53 AMG is also on sale, if you want a decent dose of performance from your E-Class coupe. We’d still prefer a proper E63 V8, with rear-wheel drive Drift mode, of course. But that would clash too much with the elegant and relaxing experience. Embrace maturity and drive, with the pillarless windows down, if you like, at a more distinguished pace.
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