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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe 2017 review: first drive

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?

Merc has launched the E-Class Coupe in three variants initially, with high performance versions to come. First in line is the E220d, which at £96,000 before on-road costs looks like a bit of a good deal.

Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine[1] sending its power to the rear wheels[2] via a nine-speed automatic transmission,[3] its list of standard inclusions is long, and includes an AMG Line bodykit, 19-inch alloys,[4] leather seats, Merc’s ‘Driver Assistance’ safety package, an online-capable multimedia system with Apple CarPlay[5] and Android Auto,[6] parking assist and keyless entry. The driver assistance package includes adaptive radar cruise control,[7] lane departure control,[8] AEB[9] with cross-traffic ability, evasive steering assist and more. The E300 comes with 20-inch alloy rims.The E300 comes with 20-inch alloy rims.

Step up to the £110,900 RRP E300, and the powerplant changes to a 2.0-litre turbocharged[10] four-cylinder petrol[11] engine.

It also scores 20-inch alloy rims, a sports exhaust system, adaptive air suspension, heated front seats and LED headlights. Topping the range – at least until the C45 and C63 get here – is the E400. Priced at £145,900 RRP, it’s powered by Merc’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, and picks up ‘4MATIC’ all-wheel drive (AWD)[12] as well.

Spec-wise, it adds a sunroof, head-up display, a 13-speaker surround sound stereo and tinted rear glass.

Missing from the standard specs are items like inductive phone charging (a £270 option for all three models) and metallic paints for the E220d and E300 (costing an average of £1531 per colour).


  1. ^ turbo-diesel engine (
  2. ^ power to the rear wheels (
  3. ^ nine-speed automatic transmission, (
  4. ^ 19-inch alloys, (
  5. ^ Apple CarPlay (
  6. ^ Android Auto, (
  7. ^ adaptive radar cruise control, (
  8. ^ lane departure control, (
  9. ^ AEB (
  10. ^ turbocharged (
  11. ^ petrol (
  12. ^ all-wheel drive (AWD) (

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