Did you take a look at the taillights? No, actually, how intently did you take a look at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe’s lit up taillights? The superficially satisfying taillight design is claimed to have a crystal look, which is becoming from the identical automaker that introduced us the S-Class coupe’s Swarovski-crystal-filled headlights. In terms of particulars that make coupe patrons really feel particular, the 2018 E-Class coupe knocks it out of the park with a B-pillarless smash.
In fact, our 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic coupe tester wasn’t good, however over the course of monitor testing in addition to driving in site visitors, on empty highways, and thru winding canyon roads, the automotive principally introduced itself effectively. As a result of luxurious coupes carry a “fairly” premium over related sedans and are made to be seen, we’ll begin with design. As with the S-Class coupe, the E-Class coupe continues a Mercedes custom that’s been round for many years: a B-pillarless design on two-doors. The design element really improves visibility, however it’s principally cool as a result of nobody else on this worth class does it.
If the C-Class coupe’s exterior styling is “bar-of-soap boring,” as we referred to as it throughout 2017 Automobile of the Yr testing, the E-Class coupe is one enticing, half-melted bar of cleaning soap. Determine for your self what you consider the outside (and Mercedes’ diamond-block grille) by opening this evaluate’s intensive gallery of images. The one pimple on the 2018 E400 coupe’s design—one shared with the last-generation mannequin—is that the rear aspect home windows aren’t a one-piece unit reminiscent of these of the S-Class coupe, so a sliver of the rear aspect glass stays in place even once you decrease all of the home windows.
Step inside, and also you’re greeted by air vents impressed by turbine blades. It’s a wealthy contact for an inside that lives as much as our tester’s $86,685 as-tested MSRP. Earlier than you begin including choices, know that for now, each E-Class coupe is powered by a Three.Zero-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. That engine is mated to a responsive nine-speed automated that behaves effectively besides within the automotive’s sport mode, the place its very aggressive tuning could cause the automotive to lunge ahead just a little greater than you’d like. Our automotive was geared up with a $1,900 air suspension that offered a easy, if just a little floaty, experience in consolation mode, however that adjustments drastically for those who change the automotive all the best way to Sport+. While you’re in a sporty temper, I’d perhaps stick to Sport as a result of the suspension doesn’t really feel as tough. Irrespective of the driving mode, the 329-hp engine is effectively matched to a automotive such because the E-Class coupe, and for the 2018 mannequin yr, it’s now out there on the sedan, too.
On the monitor, the all-wheel-drive 2018 E400 coupe accelerated from Zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (Mercedes expects rear-drive variants to be Zero.Three second slower). Street take a look at editor Chris Walton remarked on the automotive’s “surprisingly linear, nonturbo energy supply,” and mentioned that in exhausting acceleration, the nine-speed auto turned in easy and fast shifts. We’ve examined an all-wheel-drive E400 wagon reaching 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, and an all-wheel-drive E300 sedan (with a 241-hp turbo-four) hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Pushed rapidly round a avenue nook or on winding roads, the E400 4Matic coupe’s steering is surprisingly reactive, and the automotive displays little physique roll. Braking from 60 to Zero mph takes a good 112 toes, and the coupe accomplished our figure-eight course in 25.7 seconds at Zero.72 common g.
Our tester had AMG Line visible upgrades that don’t translate to higher at-the-limit efficiency. Testing director Kim Reynolds commented on the automotive’s “gradual response to throttle” and mentioned it was “exhausting to regulate the understeer.” That is the kind of habits you’ll discover near the automotive’s limits, and for those who’re actually searching for out the bounds of your luxurious coupe, smaller and sportier entries together with the Mercedes-AMG C43 and Audi S5 could be extra your type.
As we famous in our 2018 E-Class Coupe First Drive evaluate, this Mercedes shines as a boulevard cruiser. If you happen to take some pals out to dinner, they’ll entry the again seat by pulling a lever on the sting of the entrance seat that folds the backrest ahead, at which level the seat mechanically powers ahead and up just a little bit. Within the rear seat, there’s really an honest quantity of legroom, plus some additional area for toes below the entrance seats. These rear bucket seats are comfy sufficient, although there’s no central armrest, and rear headroom is restricted by the best way the roof slopes downward towards the automotive’s rear. What may actually preserve the rear seat from getting used for greater than 30 minutes at a time—particularly for passengers who get claustrophobic—is the small dimension of these rear-side home windows. You wouldn’t sacrifice the coupe’s styling for a sensible concern like that, although, proper? If you happen to actually desire a two-door, four-seat Mercedes with out that concern, look ahead to the E-Class Cabriolet to roll into your native dealership.
Each two-door E-Class fashions are pricier than the sedan, and our E400 coupe was loaded down with greater than $25,000 of luxurious choices. All-wheel drive is a $2,500 choice that doesn’t really come at the price of decrease gasoline financial system; the E400 4Matic coupe has the identical 20/26 mpg metropolis/freeway score because the rear-drive E400 coupe (in Actual MPG testing, the automotive was good for 18.eight/29.7 mpg). Customary tools contains multimode drive settings that may modify throttle sensitivity, the transmission, and the load of the steering. A collision braking mitigation system, LED headlights and taillights, and the big 12.Three-inch infotainment show with navigation in addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are additionally included. An superior ambient lighting system is splendidly built-in into the automotive’s inside and gives 5 depth ranges and 64 colours. The all-wheel-drive E400 throws in a function referred to as Magic Imaginative and prescient Management that could be price getting on the rear-drive mannequin (for $350) only for its eye-roll-worthy title alone. The E400 coupe’s slim windshield wiper blades have laser-cut holes out of which the washer fluid is launched, lowering the prospect that fluid will spray over the windshield completely or run off towards the A-pillars.
Different options on our $86,685 E400 4Matic coupe included a $2,500 AMG styling bundle that provides sportier design accents on the surface, totally different 18-inch wheels (19s can be found), a black headliner, and a flat-bottom steering wheel that feels nice. The adaptive air suspension is $1,900, and though the system can appreciably change the automotive’s dynamic efficiency from one mode to a different, we’ve not but pushed a nonair-suspension E-Class coupe. Inflating our automotive’s as-tested worth was a $5,400, 1,450-watt Burmester Three-D sound system with 23 audio system (together with ceiling-mounted audio system) and some listening modes. The system sounds nice and people ceiling audio system even get some ambient lighting, however we’re guessing most will likely be happy with the out there 590-watt Burmester choice that has 13 audio system and enticing aluminum speaker grilles. Mercedes’ multi-camera parking support is a well-executed model of the tech provided by many automakers, however that function and a head-up show are bundled within the automotive’s most costly bundle. If you happen to even have a restricted funds, think about stopping on the second of three “Premium” packages. You’ll miss out on Mercedes-Benz’s most superior lively security tech—although I discovered the adaptive cruise management left an excessive amount of following distance on its closest setting—however you’ll nonetheless get the 12.Three-inch digital instrument cluster, headlights that allow you to see round corners, and some different options.
If restore prices on among the E400 coupe’s cool choices don’t scare you, there’s one other function I hope a future E-Class coupe will supply—a power-door nearer. Identical to most luxurious coupes, the E400’s doorways are lengthy, heavy, and require an ungainly attain to shut for those who get inside and notice you forgot to carry onto the within of the door to shut it as you sit down. So you possibly can both keep in mind to shut the door as you get inside or, maybe on a next-gen E-Class coupe, have the automotive do it for you.
The E-Class coupe’s intensive choices record, inside coloration combos, and wooden trim decisions could be overwhelming to some patrons, however they’re part of the automotive’s attraction. As with related BMWs, most E-Class coupe prospects will in all probability decide a automotive that almost all intently matches the choices they need from vendor inventory, however understanding you’ve gotten so some ways of customizing your automotive is a luxurious in itself.
The E400 4Matic coupe doesn’t have any direct rivals of an identical dimension now that the BMW 6 Collection is obtainable in convertible and four-door kinds however not as a coupe. That leaves customers considering an E-Class coupe to additionally think about the smaller Audi S5, Lexus RC 350, BMW 440i, Infiniti Q60 Crimson Sport 400, or Cadillac ATS Three.6 coupe. The costlier E-Class will not be actually designed to compete towards them, however in a section as ME-oriented as luxurious coupes, begin your search with designs that talk to you (and think about them in individual, if doable). The E400 coupe is a strong entry with few rivals, and particularly for those who’ve bought many hundreds of to spend on extra-cost colours and inside choices, it may very well be simply the automotive for when the bigger S-Class coupe is simply too ostentatious.
|2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Coupe|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$86,685|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, Four-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||Three.0L/329-hp/354-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||Four,305 lb (55/45%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||190.Zero x 73.2 x 56.Three in|
|Zero-60 MPH||5.2 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||13.7 sec @ 102.2 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||112 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||Zero.90 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||25.7 sec @ Zero.72 g (avg)|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||18.eight/29.7/22.6 mpg|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||20/26/22 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||169/130 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||Zero.87 lb/mile|