2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe Review - Asian Car Guide
August 16, 2018




2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe Road Test, Review

2018 mercedes-benz e-class coupe

Unlike its predecessor, the new Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe is a proper two-door luxury coupe with the latest technology.

The previous E-class Coupe, introduced in 2009, was actually based on the smaller and older C-class platform. So it was less luxurious than the equivalent E-class sedan.

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is based on the latest E-class executive sedan and has the same set of advanced amenities and modern German facilities. The Coupe looks just stunning.

2018 mercedes-benz e-class coupe side rear profileIts “arched roof” design formula follows that of the previous model, but the execution is more eye-catching and there are additional designer details, including LED tail-lights which light up in sequence as a form of greeting when the car is locked or unlocked.

The exterior has grown; it is 123mm longer, 33mm higher and 74mm wider.

The tracks, too, have been widened for improved stability and agility, while the wheelbase has been lengthened by 113mm.

Despite its bigger size, the coupe remains aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of 0.25, only slightly worse than its wind-cheating predecessor, but still one of the best in the segment.

The interior has improved, not only in terms of space for front and rear passengers, but also in terms of sophistication.

It is a very warm interior.

The welcome begins with front seats which motor forward and upward for easier access to the rear. The previous model only moved the front seats forward.

Other interior improvements include black leather, rear headrests with adjustable buttons and decorative trim.

The nicest configuration in my opinion is the open-pore ash wood option coupled with the blue/beige cabin colour scheme.

For rear passengers, headroom has been increased by a little, while legroom has been expanded by a fair bit.

For front occupants, the improved space for shoulders and elbows is very noticeable.

In the test car, visibility from the front seats is excellent, particularly over one’s shoulder towards the door. The driver also gets a pleasing sense of “window openness” especially with the available panoramic sunroof.

The dashboard offers the usual “goodies” already seen in the E-class sedan, as well as unusual “turbine” air vents which are dramatically different from those in the sedan.

The “goodies’ include the sedan’s so-called Widescreen Cockpit with conjoined twin 12.3-inch high-resolution displays, along with a touchpad, thumb-swipe buttons and smartphone integration through Apple’s CarPlay system.

The instrument cluster shows virtual instruments which can adopt one of three styles; Classic, Sport or Progressive.

Each choice has its own distinct arrangement of digital meters, graphics and alphanumeric.

The E-class is one of the safest cars on sale.

One of the useful functions is Distance Pilot Distronic. It is a smart cruise-control system that automatically “follows” the vehicle in front, from standstill right up to an impressive 200km/h.

And it operates naturally, like how I would control a cruise on my own without any intervention.

Cruising in the E300 coupe is quieter than the previous model. At 110km/h, there is so little wind noise from the front pillars and side windows.

The coupe rides more smoothly than the previous model. The standard suspension with adjustable dampers happily absorbs impact from uneven tarmac.

If the coupe is riding on air suspension, that impact is not only absorbed, but also completely ignored.

Best of all, the smooth ride does not mean slovenly handling.

2018 mercedes-benz e-class coupe interiorThe E-class coupe is less agile than the current C-class coupe, but it does a good job of changing direction and tackling corners without feeling overexcited or overextended at any point.

The performance is prompt, with plenty of energy from the turbocharged 180kW of power 2-litre engine and well-oiled responses from the nine-speed automatic gearbox.

If you want huge level of technology on-board (refinement, space, brand recognition and tech), then the new E coupe should appeal to you.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe – Pricing and specifications:

  • Price: From $110,900 plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol rear-wheel-drive
  • Power: 180kW at 5,500
  • Torque: 370Nm at 1,400-4,000rpm
  • Transmission: 9-speed automatic with paddle shift
  • Consumption: 6.4L/100km
  • Tank: 66 litres ANCAP
  • Safety rating: 5-star
  • Warranty: 3-years/Unlimited