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MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS DIESEL COUPE

E300d 4Matic AMG Line Premium 2dr 9G-Tronic

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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is now more desirable. Jonathan Crouch checks out the latest version.

Background

The E-Class Coupe. It's the kind of car that Mercedes does very well: a luxury coupe with a prestigious badge that rewards you for a lifetime's endeavour without necessarily needing a lottery win. No other brand can replicate this recipe in quite the same way - and no other brand has a car quite like this one. Yes, the same kind of budget would buy you a BMW 4 Series Coupe or an Audi A5 but these cars don't have the GT grandeur of this E-Class. And anyway, they're separately targeted by Mercedes' C-Class Coupe model. This current, much improved E-Class Coupe can look back on half a century of history. Its first ancestor was unveiled by Mercedes-Benz in 1968 (at that time known as the "Stroke Eight" coupe). Further model series followed - for a while under the name CLK. Each generation combined superb design with agile sportiness and contemporary luxury. Has that continued here? Let's see.

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, this E-Class Coupe shares its engineware with the E-Class saloon, which means now more extensive use of the brand's mild hybrid 48V electrified technology. This features an Integrated Starter Generator, which uses an electric alternator fitted directly to the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This tech now features on the top version of the brand's 2.0-litre diesel unit (in the E 400d) and in the in-line six cylinder petrol engine of a fresh variant, the E 450. Either way, this mild hybrid set-up offers an electric boost of up to 20bhp in certain situations. Across the range, the engine line-up offers two diesels and three petrol units at launch, varying between 2.0 and 3.0 litres in capacity and producing between 192bhp and 362bhp. There's also a top Mercedes-AMG E 53 variant which uses a 429bhp twin turbocharged 3.0-litre six cylinder petrol engine with 4MATIC 4WD. With this sixth generation E-Class Coupe, Mercedes made greater efforts to differentiate the driving experience from that of the Saloon by widening the track, sharpening the steering and lowering the ride height. It's all part of the development of what must be a very delicate balance of dynamic virtues. Mercedes wants this car to be perceived as a 'Grand Tourer' - a kind of junior Bentley GT - but it also knows that many likely buyers will have been considering pricier versions of slightly smaller coupe models like the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. This E-Class Coupe can't be too much of a step away from those cars when it comes to the enjoyment on offer should you want to drive it hard. In many ways, it isn't. True, at speed through tight turns, there's still more body lean than you'd find with the premium rivals just mentioned and the steering, though now better than it is on other E-Class models, still isn't very talkative when it comes to communicating much about what the wheels beneath you are doing. Push through that though and you'll find surprisingly high levels of grip, traction and balance and through fast, flowing corners, this car has as fine a chassis balance as you could wish for.

Design and Build

Buyers wanted this car to look sportier, so it now does. There are flatter full-LED headlamps which sit either side of a re-styled 'A-shape' radiator grille which features chrome-plated dots, a single louvre and the Mercedes star in the centre. The muscular rear section gets restyled LED light clusters too. Otherwise, things are much as before, with classic coupe proportions that deliver a long bonnet, an elongated side line, a flat roof profile and the feature we most like, the absence of a central B-pillar. Together with a frameless window design, this latter styling touch means that you've only to open everything up to get a wonderful sense of airy freedom that's further enhanced if you've also selected the optional sunroof. Slip behind the wheel and if you're familiar with the pre-facelift version of this MK6 model, the main change you'll notice might well be the new split-three spoke steering wheel, which has more responsive touch-sensitive buttons. The standard offering sees the front of the cabin dominated by a couple of 10.25-inch screens, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment functions. These are upgraded to 12.3-inches in size further up the range or at extra cost. What's really different though, is the fact that these monitors now work with the brand's latest MBUX interface, which means that you get far more sophisticated "Hey Mercedes" voice control and a lower touch-sensitive pad to replace the previous click wheel controller. As before, it does of course all feel suitably premium, with leather-covered doors and subtle ambient lighting. The rear seat offers more space than any other Coupe in the segment - this really is almost a proper adult 4-seater. But the 425-litre boot is surpassed in size by rivals.

Market and Model

Mercedes thinks a Coupe should cost more than an ordinary saloon, so if you've a four-door E-Class and want this smarter two-door option, you'll have a premium of around £1,000 to find, assuming you're comparing like-for-like engines and specs. In that regard, bear in mind that this Coupe comes only in AMG Line trim. All of that means that overall E-Class Coupe pricing starts at around £45,000 and runs up to around £70,000. That means quite a big price premium over an equivalent C-Class Coupe - around £12,500. We can see many buyers being quite happy to pay that. There's a kind of 'junior Bentley' feel about this car that gives it a more up-market feel than you'd get in any C-Class. Yet the outlay needed for ownership shouldn't require too many potential owners to need a lottery win first. With this revised model, there's an optional 'Urban Guard' theft protection pack. And numerous upholstery material combinations are available, ranging from fabric to ARTICO man-made leather, embossed leather and nappa leather with diamond quilting. You're probably going to want the upgrade to the larger 12.3-inch infotainment screens. And possibly also to the ENERGIZING comfort control set-up, which networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes to meet a wide range of individual requirements with respect to the occupants' wellbeing.

Cost of Ownership

Many E-Class engines are now embellished with a bit of mild hybrid tech which sees an EQ Boost starter-alternator motor mounted on the 9-speed auto gearbox. It's a key component of the 48-Volt on-board electrical system. The mild hybrid system adds another 16kW (or around 20hp) of boost to the total power output and 250Nm of extra torque and has been designed for maximum energy recuperation and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine with the start/stop function. There's also a gliding mode that disconnects the engine from the gearbox at a cruise. This powertrain also incorporates an exhaust gas after-treatment system mounted near the engine and a standard-fit particulate filter, the only part of the exhaust system that's under the floor. You shouldn't get your hopes up too much for the difference all this will make; the WLTP combined cycle fuel reading for the E 220d is around 50mpg and the WLTP-rated CO2 return is up to 131g/km. Even the top E 450 4MATIC petrol variant manages around 30mpg and up to 184g/km. Another thing we'll need to tell you is that the comprehensive three year unlimited mileage warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

The improvements made to this E-Class Coupe - the more efficient engines, the smarter looks, the extra equipment - have certainly been welcome but the essence of its appeal has changed very little. As you'd expect, it delivers the powerful, luxurious, Grand Touring sports coupe brand values you'd expect from a £45,000-£70,000 luxury Mercedes coupe. In driving it, in owning it, you feel another more elegant level away from owners of the brand's less aspirational C-Class Coupe. And a cut above the sporting two-door models that car competes with, coupes like BMW's 4 Series and Audi's A5. There's a maturity and a class here that these sportier rivals lack. They could never be considered as a wise and cost-efficient alternative to spending £30,000-£40,000 more on a Maserati GranTurismo or a BMW 8 Series. This Mercedes could be. And that about sums it up.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions166.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Active parking assist including front and rear parking sensors
  • Analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • MBUX augumented reality for navigation
  • MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Outside temperature display
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Touchpad without controller
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • 2 USB ports in the rear
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface and touchpad with control wheel

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side sill panels
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons in polished aluminium
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Magic Vision Control heated windscreen wiper system
  • Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Pre-installation for roof rail systems
  • Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
  • Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Rear LED lights
  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
  • Waistline in polished aluminium

Interior Features

  • 3-spoke flat bottom multifunction AMG steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Belt feeder driver and front passenger seat belt automatically positioned within easier reach
  • Black door pins
  • Black roof lining
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console
  • Central stowage compartment with USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Centre armrest and door handle illumination
  • Floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
  • Front footwell lights
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Heated front seats
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Leather upholstery
  • Multi contour front sports seats
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system with 3 climate zones

Packs

  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class

Safety

  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front and rear window airbags
  • Head airbags
  • Hill hold function
  • Perforated front brake discs with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Keyless Go starting function

Technical

  • 25 litre AdBlue tank
  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • 9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
  • Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Incorrect fuelling protection

Trim

  • Black open pore ash wood trim and centre console in black open pore ash wood

Wheels

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels in tantalite grey with high sheen finish (RZI)
  • Run flat tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.144
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    0.034
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    67
  • NOx
    0.006
  • Particles
    0.0008
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    166

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1951
  • Compression Ratio
    15.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    43.5

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    265
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    d 4Matic
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    41E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    90
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    77
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    62
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • 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)
    6.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    265
  • Engine Power - KW
    195
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    406
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    56.1
  • Engine Torque - NM
    550
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1800
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1438
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4855
  • Wheelbase
    2873
  • Width
    1860
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2055

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2510
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    405
  • Max. Loading Weight
    540
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1970
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.61
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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