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E-Class Coupe E400 4Matic | Mercedes-Benz

Date of Release: June 2017
Number of Reviews 1

With the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé E400 4matic, the legendary German manufacturer has created a masterpiece. A breathtaking combination of immense style, enthralling performance, and unparalleled levels of safety. Merc has dubbed it “The Next Icon”, and it’s easy to see why.

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Long distance comfort
Pot hole absorption
Boot space
Entertainment

Design

The E-Class Coupé’s styling is where impeccable design and unassuming refinement meet. With its unique slender roof, panoramic sliding sunroof and lines that flow seamlessly into every part of the body, this car’s aesthetic appeal is undeniable.

Performance

Powered by 245kW, 480Nm, six cylinders and two turbochargers – the E-Class Coupé delivers an on-road performance that is dynamic, powerful and wonderfully effortless. The all-wheel drive 4MATIC system ensures that the power you need is always available to you in all driving conditions.

Safety

The 2017 E-Class Coupé makes use of a number of cutting-edge safety features to ensure that occupants are safe at all times. Some of the advanced safety system features include: Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Drive Suite, and much more.

THE TORQUE REVIEW

It’s the New Year and some of you may be pondering over whether or not to develop a “new you”. You appreciate what you have achieved to date, but you also you want to add a bit of freshness and excitement to your life. Also, who wouldn’t mind the all-important ‘status’ bar jumping up a few notches? We think we have just the right car to help kick-start your 2018 makeover. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé E400 4Matic.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E400 4Matic driving on road

For decades, E-Class Mercs have been well-built cars that offer both luxury and practicability. However, it was always the C-Class that held the title of being the cooler of the two. Until now. With the launch of this new car, Merc has achieved the near impossiblethey’ve made the E-Class COOL!

We recently tested the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet E220d (read the full review here), in which we boldly stated that the Cab was our favourite pick out of the entire E-Class range, however, after spending a week in the Coupé, we may be singing a different tune...

The Coupé is a truly beautiful car. Perfectly proportioned, perfectly shaped. In fact, one area where the Coupé definitely trumps the Cabriolet is the roof. The Cabriolet’s roof is a functional one – it has to fold up into the boot – something it does in just 20 seconds. The Coupé, on the other hand, doesn’t. Meaning that its roof line can be smoothly sculpted by some of the top car designers in the world. The net result – the Coupé has a stunning overall profile. Roof aside, the rest of the car is very similar to the Cab.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E400 4Matic front end

Exterior styling highlights include:

  • That same beautiful front-end, complete with that eye-catching diamond matrix grille and those absolutely brilliant multi-beam LED headlights.
  • We still love those two-tone (blue and white) signature Day Time Running lights. Both the front and rear lights perform a nice little light show whenever you lock or unlock the car. Merc is so good at getting the little things right.
  • A long bonnet complete with two “powerdomes”. In the case of the E400 4Matic, that proved to be a completely apt name for what is effectively two parallel ridges. See our thoughts on this beast’s engine further below.
  • Optional AMG 19-inch, 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish. In our opinion, a must have if you want to boost the cool factor of this car.
  • Twin tailpipes that are actually real on the E400 4Matic. They’re just there for show on the smaller engine models.
  • Other nice touches include the small vents in the rear bumper, a boot with an inherent shaped spoiler as opposed to a spoiler being fitted on top of the boot, and a massive panoramic sunroof.

A look we particularly liked on the Coupé came when we dropped all four windows. The absence of the B-pillar amplifies the car’s sleek profile. Do that and open up the sunroof, and you get an experience similar to that of the Cabriolet, but not quite as free.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E400 4Matic interior pic

As you would expect, the Coupé continues to impress on the inside. Interior styling highlights include:

  • A spectacular wrap-around dashboard, complete with sneaky ambient lighting trim. We liked customising our light colour to a deep blue. If you ask nicely, your local Mercedes-Benz might let you test drive this beauty overnight. Trust us, you need to experience this car at night. A feast for your eyes!
  • We love the turbine styled air vents. The Coupé comes complete with fully automatic 4-zone climate control.
  • Two floating 12.3-inch high definition display units. On the left is your comprehensive infotainment system. Directly in front of you is the digital speedo. We like how the two merge into what looks like one big, floating digital dashboard.
  • Comfortable electronic leather seats complete with a heating function. Rear passenger comfort is still decent thanks to the new E-Class Coupé platform being bigger than its predecessor. Something to note in the Cab vs. Coupé comparison is that the rear seats are more comfortable in the Coupé. The backrests aren’t as upright. You also get a decent boot as it doesn’t have to cater for a folding roof.
  • Finally, a multi-function steering wheel complete with two touch-sensitive pads as well as beautiful Burmester speaker covers. The sound system is ridiculously impressive!

So far, the two test models we’ve driven (the E220d Cab and E400 Coupé) have been fairly similar. When it comes to the engine, however, the game changes completely! Introducing a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine. This new V6 from Merc is their answer to the European carbon emission restrictions. It’s effectively the down-sized engine to their traditional 5l V8. However, in true Merc engineering style, although it’s smaller, it produces more power – 245kW/480Nm to be exact. Mercedes-Benz labels the engine as “refined power” and to be fair, we think that is spot on. Unlike in the E220d, the various dynamic drive settings do actually make a difference in the E400. Normal mode is, as they say, refined. Sport was our preferred default mode and then there is Sport+ which puts the whole car on edge. You can literally feel it wanting to bolt out of the blocks – and bolt it does, climbing from 0 – 100km/h in a mere 5.3 seconds. The car feels quicker in every way.

The other fantastic element about this car is that it comes standard with an all-wheel drive system Merc calls 4Matic. The result? Grip levels are improved significantly, allowing you to give this rather large car “the beans” through the bends. The drive is still slightly rear bias, so if you really push the car hard, you still get some controlled sideways tail action, but the 4Matic system really helps the front end of the car feel properly planted at all times. Sure, 4Matic was primarily designed to help Europeans drive safely in the snow, but back here in SA, it increases driver confidence levels when driving on very wet roads. It rained a lot during our test week, so we really got to put the 4Matic system to the test.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E400 4Matic rear end

In terms of sound, it’s not an AMG or a V8, but the V6 still sounds awesome, albeit via a fairly muted exhaust system. We wish Merc could install a dynamic butterfly valve button like the ones you find in selected Jaguars. The exhaust sounds better when you select full manual mode (under individual mode), allowing the engine to overrun on deceleration, producing those amazing pop sounds. When is the AMG model coming Mercedes?! We want more snap, crackle and pops for breakfast!

In summary, we said the 2.0l diesel was the right engine choice for the Cabriolet and we stand by that. However, the Coupé strikes you as the more “sporty looking” of the two. Therefore, the E400 4Matic is the right engine choice for the Coupé. The only downside is fuel consumption. Merc claims an average combined consumption of just 8,1l/100km. We can confidently tell you that it is highly unlikely that you will ever achieve those figures. Ours was almost always in the high teens and we noticed that the on-board computer actually caps the figure at 20.0l/100km – so if you drive the car even harder than that, it effectively starts lying to you!

We thoroughly enjoyed driving this beauty for a week, but let’s see how it ranks against our lifestyle judging criteria, which we use to give you an idea what it would be like to live with the E400 4Matic on a daily basis:

  • Looking good (5 out of 5): Does your car boost your overall appearance? Arguably even better than its Cabriolet counterpart, this car is truly stunning. As our title suggests, we think the E-Class can finally drop its “old man’s car” reputation. Get ready to witness a few S-Class Coupé owners scratching their heads, wondering why they spent over a million Rand more for a car that looks pretty similar.

  • Long-distance comfort (4 out of 5)Does your car eat up the miles? Definitely, yes. Hopefully, there are a few fuel stations along the way... Although our Coupé was spec’d with electric seats, they weren’t the top of the range ones we had in the Cabriolet. Other than the awesome massage function, they allowed you to accurately set your preferred lumbar and side support via the infotainment system. A very nice optional extra indeed – something to think about as you tick off the various options on that very long optional extras list.

  • Pothole absorption (3 out of 5): Is one pothole going to put your baby out of action? The multi-chamber air suspension does its best to soak up the bumps, but when it comes to hitting potholes, those low profile tyres are going to struggle to protect those awesome AMG mags. A low slung car like this was never going to score well here. Best drive carefully after one of SA’s infamous thunderstorms.

  • Boot space (4 out of 5): From suitcase to family trip – does your boot cater for every need? Now that there’s no top shelf to house a folding roof, the Coupé’s boot will happily stow a number of golf bags. Something to note – there is no spare wheel because the Coupé utilises run-flat tyres.

  • Entertainment (5 out of 5): Connect your music in every which way or form you like. The Apple CarPlay app looks particularly good on the HD infotainment screen. However, we noticed that you can’t skip a track via the multi-function steering wheel like you can when playing music via Bluetooth – odd. As mentioned before, the sound system is superb.


The E-Class has come a long way from its predecessors, which were already good. It’s almost as if Merc left the analogue clock in the dash to keep their older clientele happy. For us, the body on the new Cabriolet and Coupé models have struck a new sweet spot for Merc – it’s a look that appeals to a much broader spectrum. In our opinion, it’s a look that strikes the perfect balance between class and cool. That, combined with a truly wow interior and an engine created by the world’s best, means that every one of your hard earned Rands spent on this car will be worth it. You just need a million of them. 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé – South Africa Price List

E200 Coupé - R754 500

E220d Coupé - R806 500

E300 Coupé - R842 500

E400 4Matic - R1 021 500

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 6-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.

Likes:

  • That sporty exterior styling goes well with that mighty twin-turbo V6 engine below the bonnet.
  • Superb overall build quality and a cabin filled with high-quality materials.
  • Cutting edge safety systems – we particularly love those multi-beam LED headlamps with active high beam assist (read more about these in our Cabriolet review).


Dislikes:

  • High fuel consumption
  • Even though your keys wirelessly communicate with the car to enable the push start/stop button, our car still didn’t have keyless entry. Surely this doesn’t need to be an optional extra?
  • Like we said in our review, it rained a lot during our test period. Whilst the 4Matic system was brilliant, the conventional windscreen wipers were less than brilliant. We recommend opting for the ‘Magic Vision Control’ wipers – the washer fluid is channelled through the blade itself and is sprayed directly in front of the wiper blades, wiping away without delay.


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