MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS COUPE E300 AMG Line Premium 2dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2206 g/km

A MORE CREDIBLE COUPE

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The sixth generation Mercedes E-Class Coupe launched in 2017 proved to be sleeker and more stylish than ever, this 'C238'-series model dialling up the desirability and aiming to offer a slightly larger, more sophisticated and arguably more prestigious approach to Executive coupe motoring than obvious competitors. It did so with a more efficient engine for the volume version, plus astonishing technology and comfort aimed at making likely buyers question the need for a larger, more expensive full-Luxury segment coupe model.

Models

3dr Coupe (2.0 diesel [E220d] / 3.0 diesel [E350d/E400d] / 2.0 petrol [E300] / 3.0 petrol [E400/E 53 AMG])

History

The E-Class Coupe. It's the kind of car that Mercedes does very well: a luxury coupe with a prestigious badge that rewards you for a lifetime's endeavour without necessarily needing a lottery win. Here's the sixth generation 'C238'-series version launched in 2017. No other brand can replicate this recipe in quite the same way - and no other brand has a car quite like the E-Class Coupe. Yes, the same kind of budget would buy you better versions of the BMW 4 Series Coupe or the Audi A5 Coupe from this period, but these cars don't have the GT grandeur of this E-Class. And anyway, they're separately targeted by Mercedes' C-Class Coupe model. This slightly larger E-Class Coupe has a model history going back half a century. Its original ancestor, the Paul Bracq-designed W114 'Stroke 8' Coupe, was unveiled in 1968 and further model series followed, for a while using 'CLK' branding. The CLK variants were based on relatively compact Mercedes C-Class underpinnings, as was the direct predecessor to this design, the first modern-era E-Class Coupe, launched in 2009. This 'C238' version though, shared its proper executive-sized platform with the tenth generation E-Class saloon - which made all the difference. It proved to be a significantly bigger car than the previous model, both inside and out, and got a raft of fresh technology that the old car couldn't have dreamed of providing. Probably the most significant addition was the all-new 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel powerplant that the vast majority of customers for this variant went on to choose. And there was plenty else that was new to this model line; 4WD, air suspension, all-new infotainment technology, sophisticated safety systems and cutting-edge assistance features that allowed owners to take a step closer to fully autonomous driving. Plus Mercedes put greater effort into giving this variant a sportier feel than the saloon it's based upon. This model sold until mid-2020, when it was significantly facelifted and mild hybrid engine tech added. It's the pre-facelift 2017-2020-era version though, that we're looking at here as a used buy.

What You Get

For half a century, there's been a mid-range coupe in the Mercedes line-up and this stylish sixth generation E-Class Coupe is likely to remain longer in the memory than most. The most elegant touch is one we particularly like, the pillar-less side profile that references the Mercedes W114 'Stroke 8' of 1968, the coupe recognised as the originator of this model line. The absence of this central bar together with the frameless window design means that with everything opened up (ie. all the side windows down), you get a wonderful sense of airy freedom that on the move is further enhanced if you've a car whose original owner also selected the optional panoramic glass sunroof. Take a seat inside and Mercedes' now traditional 'belt butler' hands you your seatbelt over your shoulder on an extending arm, a nice little touch that really sets the tone for this car. Take a look around and you'll find that, as expected, apart from a few extra trimming panels, the basic architecture of the cabin is shared with the E-Class Saloon, the only really unique difference being the more distinctive air vents - there are no fewer than four of them in the centre of the fascia, all with styling that's supposed to echo the look of a turbine engine. The other main cabin talking point is this double-screen instrument panel which was standard on six cylinder models but optional on four cylinder variants. It combines a 12.3-inch virtual instrument display with a second centre-dash 'COMMAND Online' monitor of the same size, both screens fitted into a single frame. Once you're in the back, there are certainly signs of improvement over the previous generation model. The 113mm increase in wheelbase does indeed translate into extra stretching space - there's 74mm more knee room. Plus thanks to 74mm of body width, there's 34mm more space for your shoulders. And boot space? Well you'd expect that this sixth generation model's 123mm of extra body length would have provided for a larger boot in this 'C238'-series car. Actually, when you lift the lid you find that the reverse is true, there being actually 25-litres less than there was before, the total now being 425-litres. Should you want to carry longer items, the split-folding rear seat has two larger outer sections and a narrower middle portion that's ideal for pushing through skis or golf clubs.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most E-Class Coupe (C238-series) owners in our survey were satisfied, but inevitably, there were some who'd experienced problems. It's the usual things here; interior trim and electrical issues were the most commonly afflicted things that came up. Also, as rear visibility in this car isn't great, check for rear bumper damage and alloy wheel scuffs. Check for uneven panel gaps and paint flaws. Inspect the electrics and the air conditioning functionality - it should blow our really chilled air. And obviously insist on a fully stamped-up service history.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2017 E220d Coupe - Ex Vat) An air filter is around £52. An oil filter is around £26. A fuel filter is around £66. Front brake pads sit in the £85 bracket for a set (for rears it's around £65). Front brake discs cost in the £278-£364 bracket. Rear brake discs can cost in the £457 bracket. A set of wiper blades is around £70. A pollen filter is around £6-£20.

On the Road

With this sixth generation E-Class Coupe, Mercedes made greater efforts to differentiate the driving experience from that of the Saloon. So the track is wider at the front and the rear than it was in the previous generation model and there's a 15mm lower ride height. Both were changes intended to make this car feel more planted through corners that might also see you noticing the slightly stiffer damping. In addition, the variable ratio steering was sharpened a little in comparison to the set-up used in the Saloon, in an attempt to make it feel more direct. It's not quite enough to make this car feel as responsive as pricier versions of slightly smaller coupe models like the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5: there's more body lean and less steering feel than you'd get in cars of that kind. Still, specced correctly, this E-Class Coupe can still be quite rewarding to drive and through fast, flowing bends, has as fine a chassis balance as you could wish for. And of course for high speed motorway mileage, this car feels peerlessly refined and relaxed. Under the bonnet, most buyers will choose the volume engine, the 2.0-litre 194bhp four cylinder diesel powerplant introduced in the entry-level E220d variant for this design. It's still not quite as refined as we'd ideally like, but it's a responsive and efficient unit, capable of 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km of CO2 (NEDC figures). 4MATIC 4WD was optional for original buyers. Few original buyers chose the petrol-powered four cylinder alternative, the 2.0-litre turbocharged 245bhp E300 model, which was only offered in standard rear-driven form. There was though, a little more interest in the V6 versions, both only offered in 4MATIC guise. There are three options at this level, the 258bhp E350d diesel, the 333bhp E400d diesel and the 333bhp E400 petrol model. In all three cases, you get as standard the 'AIR BODY CONTROL' air suspension system that's optional on the four cylinder derivatives. This set-up can be fine-tuned via the various settings of the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system that influences throttle response, steering feedback and the reactions of the standard silky-smooth 9G-TRONIC PLUS nine-speed automatic gearbox that all E-Class Coupe models must have. In 2019, a top Mercedes-AMG E 53 variant was added to the range with a 435bhp mild hybrid petrol V6.

Overall

The improvements made to this MK6 model E-Class Coupe - the more efficient engines, the smarter looks, the extra technology - were certainly welcome but ultimately, the essence of this model's appeal changed very little in this form. It was launched to fully restore the powerful, luxurious, Grand Touring sports coupe brand values that Mercedes had unwisely compromised with the more cheaply underpinned models that directly preceded the introduction of this car. They didn't feel particularly special in the way that a larger, more luxurious Mercedes coupe always should. With this design, that was put right. It's certainly a package good enough to leave you questioning the need to spend double the amount on a larger S-Class Coupe model. So, how to sum up? Well, in driving this car and in owning it, you feel another, more elegant level away from owners of the brand's less aspirational C-Class Coupe. And a cut above the sporting two-door models that car competes with, coupes like BMW's 4 Series and Audi's A5. There's a maturity and a class here that these sportier rivals lack. They could never be considered as a wise and cost-efficient alternative to spending vastly more on, say, a Maserati GranTurismo or a BMW 8 Series. This Mercedes could be. And that about sums it up.

  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
  • Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors

  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill hold function
  • Active brake assist
  • Perforated front brake discs with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

  • Floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system

  • Wireless charging

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Attention assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Active parking assist including front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Remote boot release

  • Analogue clock
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Touchpad with control wheel
  • COMAND online HDD navigation with Radio/Media interface, linguatronic + smartphone integration/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and 12.3" Cockpit display
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Traffic sign assist

  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Black open pore ash wood
  • Open pore black ash wood centre console

  • 66 litre fuel tank

  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface and touchpad with control wheel
  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2 USB ports in the rear

  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons, side skirts
  • Waistline in polished aluminium
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
  • Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Pre-installation for roof rail systems
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering

  • Rear LED lights
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist

  • Automatic two zone climate control

  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
  • Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console
  • Central stowage compartment with USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Black roof lining
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • 3-spoke flat bottom multifunction AMG steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
  • Chrome door pins
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching

  • Centre armrest and door handle illumination
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Front footwell lights
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights

  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class

  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front and rear window airbags
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Head airbags
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Seatbelt warning

  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Multi contour front sports seats
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Belt feeder driver and front passenger seat belt automatically positioned within easier reach

  • Keyless entry go starting function
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Run flat tyres

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey with high sheen finish

  • Noise Level dB(A): 72
  • CO: 0.28
  • HC: 0.036
  • NOx: 0.011
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • CO2 (g/km): 181
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 206

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 28.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 42.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 31
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.1

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Premium
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 38E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 245
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 180
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 273
  • Engine Torque - NM: 370
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 245
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.5
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Height: 1431
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4846
  • Width: 1860
  • Wheelbase: 2873

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1685
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2250
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 425
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 565
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.37

  • Magic Vision Control heated windscreen wiper system: £0
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers: Included

  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paintwork: £895

  • Leather upholstery: £1,095
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery: Included

  • Metallic - Rubellite red: £685
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685

  • Solid - Black: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895

  • Leather - Saddle brown/black: £1,095
  • Leather - Black: £1,095
  • Leather - Red/Black: £1,095

  • Artico man-made leather/Dinamica - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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