Mercedes E-Class Coupe (2016-2020) review
The Mercedes 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
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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 Coupe’s 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 Mercedes E-Class Coupe’s 425-litre boot 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 Mercedes 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 Mercedes E-Class Coupe to offer almost identical protection in a collision thanks to its numerous active safety systems including automatic emergency braking.
The stylish Mercedes 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.
Silky smooth six-cylinder engines fit the Mercedes E-Class Coupe’s comfortable cruiser image perfectly but they’re expensive to buy and thirstier than the four-cylinder models
The optional air suspension is a real must-have if you do lots of miles – it makes this already comfy Mercedes one of the most buttock-friendly coupes out there
You can get the Mercedes E-Class Coupe with two petrol and two diesel engine with either four or six cylinders. All models come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard and high-performance V6 models get four-wheel drive, too.
Pick an E220d model if you’re not too bothered about going quickly and want to save money at the pumps. Its 2.0-litre diesel engine isn’t quite as perky as the petrol versions but it’ll still accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 7.4 seconds. Mercedes claims it’ll return an impressive 61.4mpg, but expect to see around 50mpg in normal driving conditions.
The E300 petrol version can’t match the diesel’s economy – it’ll deliver around 32mpg in the real world – but it’s got a little more power to help make overtaking slow-moving traffic a breeze. It also grumbles slightly at idle and the artificial engine sounds piped through the car’s speakers make it sound a little more boy racer than luxury coupe.
Both the six-cylinder E350d diesel and E400 petrol models are smoother and quieter on the move but cost significantly more to buy and run. Neither can match the fuel economy of their smaller siblings – 333hp E400 models will struggle to top 25mpg – but both come with four-wheel drive for a little extra grip in slippery conditions.
The standard nine-speed gearbox does a good job of slushing through gears and helps make the Mercedes E-Class Coupe dead easy to drive around town. If you prefer to use the manual shift paddles on the steering wheel each gear change is accompanied by an unpleasant surge. It feels neither sporty nor particularly responsive and somewhat ruins the Coupe’s otherwise sublime driving experience.
The Mercedes E-Class Coupe isn’t quite as easy to see out of as the saloon so it’s a touch trickier to thread through tight city streets. The thick pillars where the doors meet the windscreen produce some large blindspots at junctions and the small rear windscreen makes parking a little nerve-wracking, too. Thankfully, you get front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and even a self-parking system that’ll steer you into bay and parallel spaces automatically as standard.
The E-Class Coupe’s very comfortable at slow speeds. Its standard adaptive suspension does a good job of ironing out potholes and bumps around town but the optional £1,495 air suspension is even better. It comes as standard on V6 models and makes the Coupe a fabulous mile-munching cruiser.
There’s barely any wind noise or tyre roar – even at speed – and you get cruise control as standard. Neither the Audi A7 nor BMW 6 Series are quite as relaxing to drive as the stylish Mercedes.
Models with air suspension get selectable driving modes, too. Comfort makes the Mercedes feel as wafty as possible while Sport mode stiffens up the suspension to stop the heavy coupe from leaning too much in corners. It’s still not quite as engaging as the BMW 6 Series on a twisty backroad, however.
Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the Mercedes E-Class Coupe but its saloon sibling scored an impressive five-star rating in 2016. Expect this two-door model to offer near-identical protection in a collision.
You get automatic emergency city braking as standard on all models but the £1,695 Driver Assistance pack comes with a bewildering array of advanced systems to help keep you even safer. They’ll accelerate, brake and even steer for you on motorways – providing you keep your hands on the wheel – and can automatically adjust the car’s pace to match changing speed limits.
Every Mercedes E-Class Coupe comes in high-spec AMG Line trim so they’re absolutely packed with plush materials – it’s just a shame the standard infotainment system looks so outdated