The E-Class Coupe looks fantastic, has a top-notch interior and it’s fantastically comfortable to drive. You’ll have to pay extra for some desirable options, however
The Mercedes E-Class Coupe is one of the best looking and most desirable large coupes on sale. It’s roomier than a BMW 6 Series and comes packed with more plush materials, too. It’s also available as a four-door saloon and a practical estate which are reviewed separately.
The Mercedes E-Class’ cabin looks and feels light years ahead of the rather old-fashioned 6 Series. Its swooping dashboard comes with lashings of aluminium, unvarnished wood trims and slick metal controls for the electrically adjustable seats.
Unfortunately, the standard 8.4-inch Garmin-based infotainment system really lets the side down. It’s well worth upgrading to the sharper 12.3-inch Comand Online system – it’s a £1,495 extra on four-cylinder models and standard on versions with a V6 engine.
A less worthwhile upgrade is real leather upholstery. The standard sports seats are easily comfortable enough and come with a very convincing man-made finish that Mercedes calls Artico leather.
Unfortunately, things aren’t quite as comfortable in the back. The front seats slide forward automatically to help you clamber in but there’s significantly less headroom than you get in the E-Class saloon. There’s just enough legroom for six-foot-tall passengers to stretch out but there’s no central seat so you can’t carry three abreast.
Fitting a child seat is fairly awkward, too. There’s only just enough space to squeeze in the seat and it’s all too easy to lose the removable Isofix anchor point covers.
It’s just as tricky to load the boot. There’s just about enough space in the Coupe’s 425-litre load bay for a baby buggy but the tall boot lip and narrow opening can make it a pain to lift large suitcases in and out.
Thankfully, you can flip the back seats down in a three-way (40:20:40) split to carry two passengers and some long luggage at once. With all the seats folded away there’s enough space for a few more suitcases but cramming in a bike – even with a wheel removed – is a near-impossible task.
The Mercedes E-Class Coupe isn’t as sporty as the likes of the BMW 6 Series but its fabulous interior more than makes up for its rather boaty handling
You can get the E-Class Coupe with two diesel and two petrol engines. The E220d diesel model will be the easiest on your wallet – it’ll return around 50mpg compared to Mercedes’ claimed 61.4mpg – but the E300 petrol model feels significantly more spritely. It’ll only return around 32mpg in the real world but it has more than enough punch to overtake slow-moving traffic. You can also get even faster E350d and E400 models.
Whichever you pick, you get adaptive suspension as standard. It helps the Mercedes iron out potholes impressively well but the optional £1,495 air suspension system is even more comfortable.
The E-Class saloon achieved an impressive five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2016. Expect the Coupe to offer almost identical protection in a collision thanks to its numerous active safety systems including automatic emergency braking.
The stylish E-Class Coupe is well worth considering if you’re looking for a comfortable motorway cruiser that’s as relaxing to drive as it is gorgeous to look at.