When you think of Mercedes’ C-Class and E-Class coupes, the word ‘beauty’ may well come to mind. Both the latest C-Class Coupe, that was introduced to the UK in 2016, and the new E-Class Coupe which was welcomed to the market in spring 2017 are arrestingly elegant, whether stationary or in motion.
It’s a pretty tough call deciding which Mercedes Coupe is the one for you – so let us try and help.
At a glance: subtle but spectacular differences
At a glance, their streamlined silhouettes are unarguably very similar, but explore their detailed designs more closely and subtle, endearing differences can be discovered. Take, for example, the sports-focussed C-Class Coupe’s more pronounced swage line and side creases, its striking diamond radiator grille and eye-catching vertical spoiler flics on the rear bumper. It’s clearly the meaner of the two.
The new E-Class coupe, with luxurious comfort interwoven into its DNA, discretely incorporates a third side window element. While its bonnet is more muscular, and the taillights are equally as stunning as those of its C-Class sibling, but are slimmer. Overall, it’s more rounded and streamlined.
Conclusion: For mean looks; the C-Class – for sporty elegance; the E-Class
If size matters
The new Mercedes E-Class Coupe is 50mm wider, 150mm longer and 26mm taller than its more compact C-Class Coupe stablemate. The latter therefore, is more suited to the lifestyles of customers who rarely transport rear-seat passengers or for whom parking space is at a premium. From suburbia to the office car park, Mercedes’ unified design philosophy is an inspired one, retail and corporate contract hire customers of differing budgets equally able to experience the delights of driving a seductive German coupe.
Offering impressive levels of practicality in their respective market segments, there’s not a vast difference between the C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe in terms of luggage capacity in the boot, the more compact of the two still providing 400 litres, just 25 litres fewer in comparison.
Conclusion: The E-Class is roomier and more suited to those transporting back-seat passengers or cargo
Inside, both the C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe convey an aura of extremely high quality, precision engineering and modernity, but subtle differences can once again be gleaned.
The smaller C-Class Coupe is based on the A-Class range, with a trio of air vents positioned just under the large COMAND infotainment touchscreen that sits on top of the dashboard.
The E-Class Coupe elevates luxuriousness to another level, heavily influenced by its peerless S-Class flagship relative, with a larger screen, four air vents and a truly breath-taking level of opulence when it comes to leather, wood, carbon fibre and other materials and components.
Conclusion: The C-Class edges it
Each coupe can be maxed out with the latest in technology. From a head-up display and LED Intelligent Light System to ambient lighting and the magnificent Burmester surround sound system.
The E-Class, in particular, was synonymous with showcasing Mercedes’ latest semi-autonomous systems when it was launched to worldwide acclaim, along with other exciting firsts including Touch Control, enhancing driver safer even further.
Conclusion: you’ll find the same revolutionary Mercedes’ tech in either Coupe.
Under the skin
The E-Class Coupe’s engine range comprises:
- 194bhp E220d diesel model along with a brace of petrols,
- The 245bhp 2-litre E300
- The 333bhp E400 4MATIC, equipped with four-wheel drive for enhanced traction in differing conditions.
All three are complemented by Mercedes’ latest and wondrously smooth nine-speed 9-GTRONIC automatic gearbox for unrivalled comfort and refinement.
C-Class Coupe customers have the opportunity to specify its 170bhp C220d diesel unit with 4MATIC, and a 204bhp diesel engine is also available, namely the C250d, also specifiable with four-wheel drive. For the increasing number of customers now opting for petrol cars, the Mercedes C-Class Coupe engine lineup commences with:
- the 184bhp C200, with 4MATIC option
- the 245bhp C300, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC powered by a V6 engine producing 367bhp
- the truly astonishing Mercedes-AMG C 63 with a 476bhp V8 at its heart.
Similar AMG powerplants are expected to be added to the E-Class Coupe range in the near future. C-Class Coupe prices begin around £31,450 whilst the E-Class Coupe range commences from £39,305.
|Fuel (comb MPG)||32.8||68.9||33.6||61.4|
|Emissions (Co2, g/km)||106||200||119||189|
|Top Speed (mph)||147||155||149||155|
|0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)||7.7||3.9||7.6||5.3|
With gorgeous styling, interiors belying their respective car segments and a healthy range of powerful but economical engines to choose from, Mercedes’ C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe models open up luxury German motoring to a wide customer audience that won’t fail to be seduced by the brand’s many historic strengths.