Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI Coupe Review

Mercedes Benz E250 Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz E250 coupe has been facelifted for 2014 and we had a chance to put it to the test.

In my opinion, the Mercedes-Benz E250 coupe is one of the prettier designs coming from the German manufacturer and our test unit was particularly eye catching in red. The new model for 2014 sees the range gain the updated face, with very attractive daytime running lights and a racy front bumper.

Engine

Powering this E250 coupe is the tried-and-test 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. This engine is just so good as it combines reasonable performance with excellent fuel economy. During its seven day stay with us, the E250 coupe recorded an outstanding figure of 7.2L/100km. In eco mode and driven gently, I would estimate that under 7L/100km is possible.

More Show, Less Go

The only downside to the E250 Coupe is the lack of dynamic ability. While it's potent in terms of overtaking ability thanks to that diesel engine, it really doesn't like being thrown around corners. This is strictly a GT cruiser that enjoys the long road and in this role, the car excels. If you're after a bit more performance, there's an E350 and an E500 - both with petrol engines which should satisfy your needs. There's also some convertible versions too. I find it a little odd there's no AMG version in the range as I feel it'd be superb. A 4.4-litre biturbo V8 in a body that attractive would surely go down a treat.

The ride is a little on the firm side, and its particularly noticeable on the rougher tarmac. Stick with the standard 18-inch wheels, and avoid the 19-inch options, which will be even firmer still.

Luxury Feel

Being a Mercedes-Benz, the technology and premium feel of the vehicle is of the highest order, and you'll be hard pressed to find an equivalent in this price range which offers this much luxury. The technology is something else though. This Mercedes-Benz E250 coupe comes with the 7G-Tronic gearbox, with paddles behind the steering wheel. While these are a nice to have, I feel the car is best left to its own devices to ensure a smooth ride. I get the feeling this gearbox is tuned for economy, which isn't the worst thing in the world.

The car comes with daytime running lights, active cruise control (Distronic Plus) which auto brakes the car as well as keeps it in the lanes, a brilliant reverse camera system, privacy blind, heated and cooled leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and a superb audio system which is linked to the rather good Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment and navigation system. To be honest, not all of these are standard equipment so be sure to consult your dealer when it comes to options and configuration.

Summary

In closing I think the Mercedes-Benz E250 coupe is one damn fine cruiser. Not only does it look good, but it just exudes class and comfort that its rivals simply cannot match. The diesel motor is frugal, but has enough grunt to be a formidable open road performer. If you're after something with a bit more performance, there's a V6 and V8 petrol. It's a seriously good machine and its rivals simply can't match the premium feel that Mercedes-Benz offers.

Second Opinion

The E-Class coupe oozes style and class. It rides on a coushion of premium quality and refinement. Mercedes is gaining the upper hand in build quality and style, especially the interiors it crafts out. Whilst a large two-door coupe is a very niche market to aim at, the E-Class Coupe is the automatic choice. - Ashley Oldfield

Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI quick specs

Price  R620 257
Engine  2.1-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Power  155 kW
Torque  350 Nm
Transmission  Six-speed manual
Wheels  17-inch alloys
0-100km/h  7.1 seconds (claimed)
Fuel economy  6.1L/100 km (claimed)
We like: . Eye catching styling . Engine blends economy with performance . Technology . Magnificent cruising machine

We dislike: . Doesn't like being driven aggressively

Also consider: . Audi A5 . BMW 4-Series

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