2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Splendor on wheels!

"It’s very quiet and refined, so makes for good long distance road trips," said Issam.

"E-Class coupe takes much of the design and engines from the E-Class sedan but with a smoother, two-door body."

"E300 coupe four-cylinder with a turbocharger is strong but I’d rather take the E400 with six-cylinders."

When we speak about Mercedes-Benz cars, we speak about extravagance, drivability and elegance. Although with different engine variants on all Merc vehicles recently, the price tag is still higher versus the competition. But at the end of the day, don’t forget that the badge itself speaks louder! Here I was picking up the 2017 Mercedes E300 coupe from TGF, official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Lebanon, for the weekend.

What were my driving impressions?
First of all, to remind you, this is the sixth E-Class model in a wide-ranging lineup, and luckily the sixth generation of E-Class coupe; an ancestry that started way back in 1968 with the iconic W114.

The past couple of years, the term "coupe" has been thrown around with casual comfort - it's almost a relief to find a car that's not an SUV coupe. It's not a four-door sedan coupe, it is exactly as the name advocates. The all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is modestly a two-door version of the company's four-door E-Class sedan. No doubt about it!

When you jump inside the cockpit you immediately notice the center console-mounted switch gives a number of different driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Extra Sporty) that stiffen the air suspension, alter gearshift points, lessen stability control intervention and add weight to the steering, but their calibration is relative to the Coupe's intended determination and are far from racing determination.

The look is the main criteria of the all-new E-coupe. Bigger than its predecessor, it now has a real presence on the road. Despite the new E-coupe sharing most of its styling DNA with those other Benz two-doors, the designers wanted to simplify the artistic, resulting in the removal of the upper contour line found on nearly every other Mercedes.

It drives effortlessly to a point that the exterior feels so much sportier compared to its driving feel. Road noise in the cabin is pretty minimal. It even feels so charming on the potholes and speed bumps that you barely notice you crossed any of them. Another thing that really caught my attention is when I was driving on the highway I noticed people taking a closer look at its design cues. While stuck in the traffic jam one guy in a previous E-Class coupe gave me a thumbs up!

Verdict
After a long weekend drive I can admit that the E-Class coupe is one of the handsomest Benz of recent years, and it deserves to be praised on that alone. Some people would opt for the E400, which includes air suspension but that would cost you a fortune. The E300 is a bit overpriced in Lebanon (USD $95,000) without registration and would cost you around 100k on the road. That price is pretty close to getting a GLE coupe where our market has become an SUV market recently. But on the other side it is quite obvious to whom the E-Class coupe is intended to be sold to!

Rivals: BMW 6 Series,
Pros: Gorgeous exterior, amazing interior cabin, a genuine 2+2 seater, infotainment system, fuel efficient
Cons: Price tag, gearbox knob behind the steering wheel, not as agile as the C-Class coupe
4.5 stars
one word: beauty

Specs
2.0L turbocharged, 245 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 370 Nm @ 1,400-4,000 rpm
9-speed auto G-Tronic, RWD
0-100 km/h: 6.4 sec, top speed: 250 km/h, fuel consumption: 6.4 L/100 km
Weight: 1,685 kg

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