Used 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Exquisite cabin that sets new standards for design and comfort
- Available semi-autonomous driver assistance technology
- Vast array of personalization options
- Sedan's cargo capacity is small for the class
- Carryover coupe and convertible don't benefit from the latest design and high-tech features
Although it might seem odd that the new 2017 E-Class sedan offers a four-cylinder engine, you're unlikely to find it bothersome from behind the wheel. The new engine delivers surprisingly strong performance while remaining quiet and smooth at nearly any speed. A sophisticated suspension, powerful brakes, and precise but lightweight steering further contribute to the E300's ultra-refined feel. Should you want more speed and handling, or maybe just an aggressive style, the E43 AMG provides the AMG experience without the V8 price tag.
If you stick with one of the two-door E-Class models, you'll definitely enjoy the deep reserve of power offered by the standard turbocharged V6. It has all the power you need unless you crave serious tire-spinning grunt. For that, the V8-powered E550 model is what you want. It not only pushes the E-Class into high-performance territory, it sounds great doing it. Neither the sedan nor the coupes are particularly agile, but if you're more interested in long-range comfort coupled with confident handling, any E-Class model will satisfy.
The redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon adopt a similar interior design as the flagship S-Class with a bold horizontal layout stretching from door to door. The central infotainment screen extends from the instrument panel, which can be optioned with virtual instead of analog gauges. As in the S-Class, the E-Class' interior utilizes excellent materials throughout and exhibits impeccable craftsmanship.
Passenger space is similar to most other competitors in the class when it comes to headroom, shoulder room and legroom. Seat comfort is outstanding, especially with the optional multicontour seats.
By comparison, the E-Class coupes and convertibles continue with the previous-generation interiors. The blocky shapes and abundance of buttons definitely date the appearance, but all controls and systems work flawlessly. The E400 Cabrio earns high marks for its innovative wind blockers that nearly eliminate top-down buffeting and its bigger-than-average trunk. It misses getting an A in this category because of its small backseat, big doors and some interior plastics that don't meet luxury standards.
Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system is standard on all E-Class models, but only the redesigned sedan and wagon receive the latest interface that includes a touchpad hovering above the central dial. The touchpad allows users to use smartphone-like gestures (swipes and pinch to zoom) to control the system, as well as alphanumeric input by tracing with your fingertip. It's not as easy to use while on the go, but the dial is just as intuitive as it was before.
Cargo capacity for the sedan tops out at 13.1 cubic feet, which is small for the class. For more space, the wagon can’t be beat: It can hold between 22.6 to 64.2 cubic feet, depending on how you set up the rear seats.