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MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS DIESEL COUPE

E250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Sport 2dr [SS] [Pan/Roof]

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By Andy Enright

Introduction

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is one of those models that really doesn't have to try too hard. In a world where car manufacturers throw all sorts of gadgets and gimmicks at cars in order to gain our attention, the E-Class Coupe was rather quietly marketed to a mature buyer profile and very well it did too. It makes just as much, if not more, sense second time round. Here's what to look for when shopping used.

Models

2 dr coupe (2.1, 3.0 diesel, 1.8, 3.5, 5.5 petrol)

History

Of course, Mercedes has sold us coupes in this class before. You only have to look back to the rather lovely CE-badged models of the Seventies, Eighties and early Nineties for evidence of this. These increasingly collectible cars set the template for what was to follow. It wasn't about sportiness, it was just about wafting about serenely. That theme was lost a little with the rather confused CLK model, which didn't ride particularly well and which often seemed to have ill-advised delusions of sportiness. Mercedes got back into the coupe groove in 2009 when the E-Class Coupe was launched at that year's Geneva Motor Show. Although it only shared 60 per cent of parts with the E-Class saloon, its name said all you needed to know. Here was a car that embodied the traditional E-Class virtues of solidity, luxury and elegance, just in a two door body style. There was no tarmac-scorching AMG model offered, just a range of sensible powerplants. That's pretty much how it remained for the duration of its life. Small tweaks were made here and there and it wasn't until 2013 that this model was replaced by a car that looked ostensibly similar but which was extensively refettled under the skin.

What You Get

The E-Class Coupe features a high quality interior with plenty of brushed aluminium finishes and metal switches. Ambient lighting on the upper specification models created a swathe of soft light across the dashboard and doors which gave an agreeably upmarket feel. If you went looking for it, you'd find hard plastics on the lower dashboard but in general customers seemed happy with the interior build quality. The foot-operated parking brake was still as unpopular as ever. The driving position is brilliant and there's a whole stack of reach adjustment in the steering column. All models got heated seats as well, which made all the difference on a winter morning. The seats of the E-Class Coupe are electrically adjustable for seat height and backrest angle as standard. The high backrests have a practical Easy-Entry function to make access and exit easier for rear-seat passengers. Luxury seats with leather upholstery are standard on the SE and active ventilation was available as an optional extra. The multicontour seats with inflatable air chambers in the front seat cushions as well as in the centre and side bolsters of the backrests are standard on the Sport model. Two comfortable individual seats are available for the rear passengers. These feature backrests which can be folded down individually or together to increase the capacity of the luggage compartment.

What You Pay

Please contact us for an exact up-to-date valuation.

What to Look For

Insist on a full Mercedes dealer service history, especially for the most recent models whose lengthy warranty - effectively for the life of the car - is dependent on proper servicing by an authorised agent. Check that all the accessories work and watch out for cosmetic damage which can be expensive to correct. Also look for the usual signs of wheel kerbing and poorly repaired accident damage. Mercedes experienced problems with the piezo electric injectors on the E250CDI and replacing them within factory tolerances seems to be a problem for many dealerships, resulting in sub-par economy.

Replacement Parts

(approx. based on E250 CGI model) Allow around £90 for a set of front brake pads and £75 for the rear and about £375 (excluding catalyst) for a factory exhaust system. A full clutch replacement would cost around £295, a radiator is about £245 whilst a starter motor can be up to £250. A new alternator would be in the region of £500.

On the Road

We can talk about efficiency and relevance and that's all very worthy but if you really want to experience the E-Class Coupe at its unruffled imperious best, you need to try the E500 Coupe. With a magnificently lazy 5.5-litre V8 engine, this might be the slowest you will ever drive a 388PS car. Rev it to anything much over 3,000rpm and you feel you're making a bit of an undignified fuss. Of course, the V8 remains a bit of a rarity and something that most will pass over in favour of something with a 250 or 350 badge on the rear end. The 250 and 350 CDI diesels are good for 204 and 231PS respectively and while these engines work really well in the E-Class saloon, there's something about their doughty utility that doesn't really suit the raffish coupe personality. A better bet are the petrol engines. Here you get CGI badging and 204 or 292PS depending on whether you opt for 250 or 350. You're not going to get spanked on fuel either with these two, as even the punchy E350 CGI will net 32.5mpg. The E-Class Coupe's standard-fit AGILITY CONTROL suspension adjusts automatically to the current driving situation. In order to provide the best possible ride comfort, this system reduces the damping during normal driving but immediately applies the maximum damping force during dynamic cornering or sudden evasive manoeuvres. This ensures optimum stabilisation of the car.

Overall

The E-Class Coupe was always going to be a bit-part player in the Mercedes pantheon and that has been reflected by residual values which may have disappointed original buyers. That's good news for used customers as £17,000 will allow you the pick of quite a few very tidy examples and if you opt for one of the petrol engines - and you should - you'll probably find a car with modest mileages under its belt. We'd opt for a low mileage E350 CGI model but would be very tempted if an E500 came our way for the right price. If you're not planning on covering huge mileages, why not?

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency53.30mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • On board computer
  • Parameter steering
  • Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system
  • Diesel particulate filter

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket

Exterior Features

  • AMG bodystyling
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles and locks
  • Chrome window highlights
  • Elec heated + adjust door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Heated windscreen wash system
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 3 spoke AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather
  • AMG floormats
  • Black roof lining
  • Centre armrest and door handle illumination
  • Child seat recognition sensor
  • Door sill panels with stainless steel inlays
  • Easy entry seats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door pockets
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Integrated rear head restraints
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Leather gear knob
  • Multi contour front sports seats
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Twin front cupholders

Packs

  • Lights pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class

Passive Safety

  • ABS + BAS
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front side airbags
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Sports braking system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking

Wheels

  • Space saver spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    138
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2143
  • Compression Ratio
    16.2:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    99
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    53.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    64.2
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    42.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.1
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    CDI BlueEFFICIENCY [Start Stop]
  • Coin Series
    SPORT [Pan/Roof]
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    40E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.
    N/A
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.
    N/A
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    155

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    6 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1393
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4698
  • Wheelbase
    2760
  • Width
    1786
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2015

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2170
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    450
  • Max. Loading Weight
    470
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1700
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.95
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