Luxurious Magazine Road Test: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé

Luxurious Magazine Road Test: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé

Simon Wittenberg spends the bank holiday weekend in the Peak District at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz E220d 4MATIC AMG Line Coupé.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé sits in the range between the Coupés of its close relatives, the smaller C-Class, and the more sizeable S-Class. This model actually has a long history and has been in the manufacturer’s genes for a while, with its first ancestor, known as the “Stroke Eight” coupé, dating as far back as 1968.

The latest generation of the two-door, four-seater E-Class Coupé arrived on UK shores in April last year, and in terms of price, the line-up starts with the diesel E220d AMG Line and culminates with the 435 bhp petrol AMG E53 variant, costing nearly £63,000 prior to specifying any extras.

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The E220d 4MATIC AMG Line guise (not to be confused with a growling AMG), which we tried, is available for a reasonably accessible £41,740 before you start adding options, of which there were a few that were fitted to our test car, thereby bringing the overall price tag to a notch over £53,000.

This included the smart Cavansite Blue metallic paint (an additional £685), which accentuated the beautiful curves of the E-Class Coupé’s smooth-lined exterior whilst contrasting nicely with the sporty silver front grille, the sharp-looking Multibeam LED headlamps and the eye-catching titanium grey 20-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, etched with the letters “AMG” (a £595 extra).

The side windows on this model are all frameless, and the arching profile of these is a similar shape to that which you would find on the upper deck of a superyacht, whilst the sloping rear has been furnished with attractive tail lights, the Mercedes three-pointed star (which doubles up as the boot opener) and twin exhaust pipes.

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On to the interior, and it’s got an exec feel about it – an ideal environment in which to admire the surroundings whilst nestled in a comfortable cocoon. The cabin is dressed in soft black leather, which is complemented by subtle silver detailing right down to the door-locking mechanism.

The wide centre console features elegant black ash wood trim that sweeps up past the analogue clock and ventilation controls to meet the four jet turbine-inspired air vents, which are certainly a talking point.

The ambient mood lighting, which illuminates the underside of the dash and the middle of the door inserts, was a particular favourite of ours, and I think we managed to go through several of the 64 shades during our round-trip from London. You can also flood the cabin with natural light thanks to the panoramic glass sunroof.

There are plenty of useful compartments and nets in the front and back to store drinks bottles and any other in-car paraphernalia, with two touch button-activated storage compartments in the centre console providing ample space for a couple of smartphones.

This is also where you will find the two USB and 12V sockets for charging your devices. Our test car was equally fitted with the COMAND Online system (costing £1,495), which allows the integration of a smartphone into the vehicle’s infotainment system by means of capacitive aerial coupling and wireless charging.

This eliminates the need to find a plug and connect a cable, and the system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Google’s Android Auto™.

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The dashboard, which sits behind the comfortable-to-hold three-pronged and sporty-looking steering wheel, is made up of a 12.3-inch-long widescreen electronic display (a £495 option – normally, the interface is 8.4 inches in diameter), resembling a grown-up iPad, and is divided into two sections.

The area on the left is for multimedia (delivered via the Burmester surround sound system – part of the £3,895 Premium Plus Package), whilst the one on the right-hand side is for driver information, i.e. the speedometer and rev counter.

The satellite navigation system, which is powered by Garmin, is controlled via the touchpad, which is mounted on the top of a curved controller between the front seats, which would also look nice as the gear shifter.

It’s intuitive to use and not too sensitive, plus there’s the added benefit of live traffic information on tap.

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In terms of the actual ergonomics and general layout of the E-Class Coupé, the electronically adjustable and heated seats up front deliver a supportive seating position with good all-around visibility.

They also recline electronically (granted, it takes a few seconds to complete this operation), but you don’t have to be a contortionist to get into the back.

Even though the car has a fairly pronounced roofline at the rear, there is ample head and legroom to accommodate passengers of a reasonably tall stature.

In addition, the rear seats fold down to give access to the boot, and with 475 litres on hand, thanks to the relatively bulbous shape of the rear, there was easily enough capacity to hold a couple of small suitcases plus a bit of shopping.

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So, what’s it actually like to drive?
Well, this particular E-Class Coupé is powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder 194 bhp diesel engine complete with a turbocharger, which has been mated to the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed gearbox, engineered to deliver fast gear shifts along with lower engine speeds for improved fuel economy.

You do get the unavoidable hum of the diesel unit when driving, but it’s far from intrusive, and one can happily meander along at 1,500 revs without really noticing it.

When you are after the added bit of power for overtaking or pulling away, the needle will swing around to about 4,000 revs and deliver the kick you were looking for.

With a respectable 0 to 62 mph sprint time of 7.6 seconds, coupled with a top speed of 149 mph, this car hasn’t been made for sportscar or race-winning performance, but it’s instead a comfortable cruiser, making it ideal for covering a run down to the shops or more extensive distances.

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The Peak District is abundant with winding roads and open stretches, and the E-Class Coupé seemed perfectly at home on both.

The steering felt precise, and the ride was smooth enough, which was helped by the “Air body control” or air suspension (costing £1,495 for the privilege), which coordinates two electronic systems to provide the perfect dampening power for each wheel according to the on-road conditions. The only bugbear

I had was that the steering does “pull” and seems a little heavier when the adaptive cruise control is on, which can, therefore, prove a little off-putting.

At just under five metres long, which is larger than its predecessor, it’s easy to manoeuvre courtesy of the numerous sensors lining the car.

Parking is also made simpler thanks to the mighty impressive reversing camera, one of the clearest we have ever used, even on a cold, crisp morning when condensation was in abundance.

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The quoted combined fuel economy figure is an impressive 53.3 mpg, and keeping to national speed limits, we managed a best of 56.5 during our 370-mile journey and used around half of the 66-litre tank, which therefore doesn’t do too much damage to the contents of your wallet. Also worth noting is the low CO2 output of just 137g/km – not bad for this size of car.

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All-in-all, the Mercedes E-Class Coupé is really in a class of its own as it doesn’t really face any direct competition.

It’s a car that ticks a lot of the boxes, is packed with equipment, and is simply a good all-rounder to fulfil many of life’s purposes for hitting the road. Congratulations, Mercedes, you’ve delivered a good one.

Mercedes-Benz E220d 4MATIC AMG Line Coupé – specification at a glance:
Price as tested: £53,270 (including options)

  • Engine: 1,950cc
  • Power: 194 bhp @ 3,800 rpm
  • Top speed: 149 mph
  • 0 – 62 mph: 7.6 seconds
  • Transmission: 9G-TRONIC plus nine-speed automatic
  • Combined fuel economy: 53.3 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 137g/km

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé – Where and How?

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé range, visit
Photography by Mercedes-Benz Cars UK and Simon Wittenberg.

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Simon Wittenberg

Senior Editorial Contributor

Born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and now based in London, Simon Wittenberg is the senior editorial contributor to Luxurious Magazine® reporting directly to Paul Godbold. A specialist in the automotive sector, he has now expanded his repertoire to encompass all aspects relating to luxury and lifestyle. Simon has worked with some of the world’s most iconic marques such as Lotus Cars, Ferrari and Tesla Motors. His passions include luxury goods, motorsport, fine dining and travel.

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