Sleek two-door sits on new platform and exudes class
This really is a new E-Class Coupé. The last one was actually based on the C-class platform, but now we have the new MRA platform which makes the Coupé – you guessed it – bigger. But is it better?
The result of the chassis changes makes this Coupé not only better than the old E-Class Coupé but also better than the current E-Class saloon. That’s quite an accolade. We’ve tried it here with the latest four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine, complete with a selective catalytic converter and urea injection system.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé E 220 d 4Matic
Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbodiesel
Gearbox: Nine-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 1735kg
Top speed: 150mph
Economy: 61.4mpg (combined)
CO2/tax band: 119g/km, 23%
Other engines, as they say, are available, including a pair of petrol engines, with power from 191bhp to 328bhp. But the 191bhp diesel provides plenty of punch, all powered smoothly through the nine-speed auto box. Even with the pedal hard down, this is a sophisticated and smooth unit, showing plenty of torque.
On the motorway it is totally serene, and in theory can manage 70.6mpg with such usage – which is handy as the fuel tank is now smaller.
Our test car had the optional 4Matic all-wheel drive which keeps things under close wraps so there’s little chance of you doing anything silly like spin the wheels or slide off the road. The steering is well weighted and responds in a balanced way to speed changes, but overall the effect is one of calm enjoyment rather than any excited involvement.
Our car had yet more options, this time in the shape of the Air Body Control air suspension, and that did a great job of keeping things comfy while also fairly flat unless you really pushed on at which point you’d definitely get some roll.
Overall the ride quality is excellent indeed, and you’d have no complaints wafting along at a decent pace hour after hour, even if the roads weren’t in perfect condition. That gives you time to enjoy the new cabin.
There are some lovely bespoke touches, like the new air vents and some of the wooden trim. You can also specify two 12.3-inch displays, one for infotainment, one for instruments, and they sit well in the sweeping dashboard.
The latest version is a whole 123mm longer and 74mm wider, with a wheelbase up by 113mm. That means not only a bigger footprint on the road, but also an even more spacious cabin, with head, shoulder and elbow room up in the front, mirrored by more knee, head, shoulder and elbow room in the rear. You won’t be cramped for space, even if the boot has, for some reason, shrunk by 25 litres to 425 litres.
The new E-Class Coupé isn’t the most involving of drives nor the sharpest handling coupé out there, but it is so much more. It’s a definite step forward from its previous model, and now even better than the current saloon. It’s sophisticated, accomplished, comfortable, spacious and very classy. If you’re after a two-door coupé with a real-world diesel engine, then this should be on the shortest of shortlists.