2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

City mpg:
20
Highway mpg:
26

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Overview

The standard features of the Mercedes-Benz E 400 Base include 3.0L V-6 329hp twin turbo engine, 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

2018 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class Coupe

Starting at: $58,900

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Residual heat recirculation
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory seat
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Head restraints memory
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - Homelink
  • Emergency communication system
  • Navigation system - COMAND
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • DVD-Audio
  • Premium audio system - COMAND
  • Radio data system
  • Weather band radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 12.3"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 3.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 329hp @ 5,250RPM
  • Engine torque - 354 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 82.1mm (3.46" x 3.23")
  • Compression ratio - 10.50 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,826mm (190.0")
  • Exterior body width - 1,859mm (73.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,873mm (113.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.8')
  • Front legroom - 1,062mm (41.8")
  • Front headroom - 1,039mm (40.9")
  • Rear headroom - 925mm (36.4")
  • Front hiproom - 1,491mm (58.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,341mm (52.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,425mm (56.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,278mm (50.3")
  • Interior cargo volume - 425 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 425 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.0
  • Compressor - twin turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 329hp @ 5,250RPM
  • Torque - 354 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 9 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - TouchShift
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 17.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 26mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Power adjustable front head restraints
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 265/40HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
E 400 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E 400 Search New $58,900   329-hp 3.0L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 26  
E 400 4MATIC 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E 400 4MATIC Search New $61,400   329-hp 3.0L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 26  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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We have driven the E-Class from the San Francisco Bay area to winding roads in Portugal, and have experienced everything from docile to frenetic, from four-cylinder to twin-turbo V8.

But even with the docile powertrain it’s fairly quick, able to accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.2 seconds (on the way to 130 mph). Its 273 pound-feet of torque comes on down low at 1300 rpm, giving good early acceleration. Its paddle-shifting 9-speed transmission helps keep it in the perfect spot of the powerband. Too bad the four-cylinder sounds gruff.

Two suspensions are available for the E 300. There is a firm multi-link suspension with adaptive dampers in either base or sport (firmer) tune, or an air suspension with adaptive dampers. In addition to that, the wheel sizes range from 17 to 20 inches, mounted with different tires.

The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system splits power front to rear at 45:55.

The air suspension (called Air Body Control) and driving modes give the E-Class breathtaking versatility. It can cruise with lots of suspension travel, slow and smooth shifts and light-touch steering in Comfort mode, or approach AMG levels of heft and stiffness when set in Sport Plus mode. The modes are Comfort, Economy, Sport and Sport Plus. Comfort offers languid steering and shifting, and lengthy suspension travel. We often preferred Sport mode, which brings the best compromise of a good ride and quickness from the throttle, steering and transmission.

The air suspension system uses springs with two chambers per front strut and two chambers per rear strut; the chambers inflate and deflate at lightning speed based on sensor readings from the road. It lowers the ride height on the freeway for better aerodynamics and fuel mileage, and can raise it when more ground clearance is needed.

The E 400 makes few compromises. Its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 makes 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque at 1600 rpm, powering it from zero to sixty in 5.5 seconds in the rear-wheel-drive Coupe; in the all-wheel-drive sedan, with better traction from the standing start, it does that sprint in 5.2 seconds.

All that torque at such a low engine speed makes the E 400 feel even quicker. Unlike the four-cylinder, it feels smooth and refined. Its 9-speed automatic transmission does quick and smooth shifts.

The Coupe and Convertible have a distinctive driving feel, slightly lower than the sedan. The air suspension and adaptive dampers are available, and they transform the ride and handling. In Comfort mode it’s stable and poised for daily driving, while it begs for Sport mode on winding roads.

The E 43 sedan boosts that V6 to 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, mated to a stronger 9-speed that shifts like a racecar’s. It does zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds, and 155 miles per hour. The all-wheel drive stretches the front/rear bias to 39/61.

In Sport Plus, the throttle is lightning quick. The transmission will hold a gear through tight curves, or manual mode can be used. Individual mode allows the driver to soften the steering that can feel unsettled in Sport Plus. The ride is very firm but comfortable enough.

The AMG E 63 S, sedan or wagon, uses twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 making 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Try 3.3 seconds from zero to 60, and 180 mph top speed, without drama.

The all-wheel drive can go 0/100 front/rear, meaning you can take the wagon on the track and throw the tail around, drift it in the corners, then go 180 mph on the long straight.

The E 63 S will nail the corner apex with its taut suspension, four links in front and a multi-link rear with more bracing and stabilizer bars, thick tubes. The front brake rotors are 16 inches, with available carbon-ceramic for the track. Pirelli P Zero tires are mounted on 20-inch wheels.

It’s at home on the Nurburgring or American streets, with the air suspension and adaptive dampers that were developed on the S-Class. When you realize that the AMG models weigh more than two tons and are 190 inches long, it’s a reminder how far the E-Class has come.

Walk Around

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Like the latest S-Class and C-Class, the E-Class sedan is balanced and handsome, with a long hood and short trunk. It looks more relaxed than the more compact C-Class. A deep line at the shoulders tapers under a carefully draped roofline, to the LED taillamps with a charming pattern Mercedes-Benz calls Stardust.

Now a tradition, Luxury models get a tri-star badge mounted on the hood, while Sport models get it in the less flashy grille.

The beautiful coupe and cabriolet are a bit lower than the sedan, and look even lower with frameless windows. But there’s small awkward pillar that divides the rear side window into 2/3 and 1/3.

AMG models are still lower, with bigger wheels and darker trim.

Interior Overview

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The E-Class cabin speaks in a rhythm of textures, wood and metallic weaves led by stitched and vividly colored leather rising and falling from the door panels to the center console. It glows under 64 shades of ambient lighting from ivory to purple, studded by circular air vents.

The dash can be dominated by twin high-res 12.3-inch display screens that replace the gauges and controls, although most E 300s will come with one screen and a handsome set of dials and climate switches underneath. In place of a shift lever, there’s a touch-sensitive control puck for the COMAND infotainment interface. It’s a futzy knob.

The COMAND infotainment system remains balky (although for 2018 Android Auto and Apple CarPlay appear). For example, too much is required to enter a destination in the navigation system, whose points of interest are too slim.

The E 300 is receptive to fingertip control, namely in the steering wheel that has touch surfaces for swipe-and-tap operation. Intended or not.

Front seats have lots of lumbar support, and available massage. Bolstering in the AMG models is thick. The heated steering wheel also heats the armrests and center console. Rear seat has a middle armrest, cupholders, and available laptop holder.

There’s a choice of Burmester sound systems that use structural parts of the body as passive speakers with carved metal grilles. The system for $6000 has 23 speakers and crystal-clear 3D sound.

Luxury features include a cabin fragrance dispenser for a few hundred dollars, and the 64-color ambient lighting. Imagine purple lighting with white leather, and see Miami Vice. But with classier colors and leather, the E-Class can make a BMW look dowdy. Even a Jaguar.

There is good space in the rear of the sedan, where the seatback folds in three sections. The boost in cargo space is necessary because the sedan’s trunk is small, at 13.1 cubic feet.

The rear seat in the Coupe and Cabriolet offer seven inches less legroom than the sedan and wagon. However a six-footer will have enough legroom and headroom to fit.

A pair of rear-facing third-row seats is standard in the wagon. They fold into the cargo floor, to make a strong 35 cubic feet of space behind the second row.

Because the four-cylinder engine occasionally makes brusque noises that can sound cheap, the cabin could use more sound deadening.

Summary

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The new E 400 with its smooth engine, may be the best E-Class. The E 43 is a high-performance sedan, while the AMG E 63 is pure excess, in a good way.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The E 300 comes with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The E 400 comes with the turbo six-cylinder; all-wheel drive with air suspension comes on the sedan and wagon, the E 400 Coupe and Cabriolet are rear-wheel drive.

The E 43 sedan gets a more powerful twin-turbo V6, while the E63 sedan and wagon use a twin-turbo V8 and all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the E 300 includes synthetic leather upholstery, Bluetooth with audio streaming, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, power front seats, power windows/locks/mirrors, automatic climate control, remote start, navigation, ambient lighting, and rearview camera.

Options include real leather, wireless phone charging, Burmester audio, massaging seats, automatic park assist, rear-seatbelt and rear-side airbags, and a safety bundle that includes Drive Pilot and a surround-view camera system. An air suspension and all-wheel drive also are available.

More options include a head-up display, and active headlamps. The E 300 can also be optioned with big 18-inch AMG wheels, sport suspension, a panoramic roof, 19- or 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, adaptive headlights, satellite radio, and a set of 12.3-inch digital displays that replace conventional gauges.

Standard equipment in the E 400 coupe includes keyless ignition, leather upholstery, memory front seats, a panoramic roof, and a rearview camera. Cabriolets add standard rear-seat side airbags and a power folding cloth top, as well as warm-air vents at neck level. Major options on both include an air suspension, and a head-up display. Wagons have a split-fold rear seat, fold-away third-row seats, and a power tailgate.

E 43 sedans have 19-inch wheels, AMG exterior trim, a sport steering wheel, a stitched dash, and AMG gauges. Mobile apps that record track performance, a panoramic roof, and carbon-fiber trim are among the options.

E 63 sedans and wagons get Nappa leather, heated and cooled front seats, and a power trunk closer (on sedans). The E 63 offers carbon-ceramic brakes and a sport exhaust system.

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