Menacing Merc looks a little loud
E-Class coupe a vital part of Mercedes’s strategy to revamp itself and dominate
Model: E-Class Coupe
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2013
Up front the layout is a nice mix of plush and sporty. There are some nice touches, like the analogue clock that adds a touch of old-world class to the central console.
Yet, for all the smart design and styling, this coupe is let down its noisy engine. The 2-litre 170bhp four-cylinder block packs enough power to get by and, when opened up on the motorway, it’s relatively smooth. But starting from cold, or even just pottering around in traffic, the aural note could not be more ill-fitting to the car in question. Our test car was brilliant white with a beige leather interior, so it stood out in the crowd, but there was always a tinge of disappointment as the gruff engine kicked into action.
The ride is smooth but this is a big car with a sizeable footprint and ultimately not as nimble as we would have expected. Resting on gorgeous AMG wheels, again there was a price to be paid for its striking looks as it bumped along on poorly surfaced roads.
We tested this engine before in a Mercedes and one of its engineers put forward the viable defence that the frugal nature of the engine, and the fact it still offers a competitive output of 170bhp, means it can deliver anything the opposition can, while the engine note isn’t really that significant for buyers. I understood where he was coming from but, in a model that looks this smart, we would have hoped for a little more work on the acoustics.
The price is also quite high when compared to rivals, something we would have thought Mercedes could have worked on, given the desire to catch up with its German rivals. This car has more status than the likes of the Audi A5 or the upcoming BMW 4-Series, but even the wealthy buyers of these cars are price conscious these days.
The E-Class coupe has real eyecatching appeal and it demonstrates the determination at Mercedes to add more youthful flair across its fleet. Whether this approach is enough to close the gap on its rivals remains to be seen.
Engine: 2143cc four-cylinder in-line diesel engine putting out 170bhp at 3,000rpm and 400Nm of torque from 1,400rpm
0-100km/h: 8.5 secs
Top speed: 235km/h
Emissions (motor tax): 129g/km (€270)
Official L/100km (mpg): 4.8 (59)
Standard features include: adaptive brake lights; LED headlamps; ECO stop/start function; Bluetooth connection; attention assist; collision prevention assist; 11 airbags; pre-safe system; air-con system with thermatic auto climate control
Rivals: Audi A5 coupe 2.0 TDi 177bhp SE - €52,050; BMW 420d (price tba); Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium - €54,795