Drive Test – Mercedes E 350 Coupe | Drive Magazine

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Mercedes E 350


Drive October #8217;09


I am an outspoken fan of big cars, which is odd I, as a single guy, have no need for abundant space. learnt to appreciate the current quo dictated to us by the ‘green’ police its mantras of fuel efficiency and low emissions, but there remains a deep inside me that up whenever a big car arrives at my door.

I firmly believe that no replacement for displacement and quite find the growl of a proper V8 more stimulating, there’s about a good V6 that me smile a confident smile of Six cylinder engines, especially fitted to a big car, so often a beautiful balance between performance and everyday luxury bigger, and smaller, engines struggle with.

Bringing out the

However, that balance to extend to other aspects of the experience as well. It needs dynamics to complement the engine all driving circumstances, whether on a Sunday-afternoon cruise or speeding a mountain pass. Even if luxuriously kitted, there to be something intangible to it that out a raw, almost primal regardless of whether it looks the or not.

As such, the Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe me from the minute it arrived. The replacement to the very successful CLK (of Merc sold 250 000 units in years), it has an aggressive air to it the CLK never and an underlying masculinity that well with the elegance of its lines, something the CLK also got entirely right. Where the CLK scared anyone unless was an AMG badge on it, the E-coupe boldly that there’s more to it meets the eye.

Looking the

On the outside, the new rhomboid-shaped – not square – treatment works wonders combined with the new LED light that double as daytime lights and fog lights down low in the bumper. The chrome slatted and large three-pointed star further menace to the front adding a purposeful face to the stance.

The bulging wheel arches at the that sweep into the further enhance the E’s gorgeous lines, tapering into the new taillights, LED clusters I quite It’s not that different the E-class sedan, but certainly in well in this application. The of a B-pillar  puts the focus on the glasshouse, and together with the bonnet and low roof brings the coupe look in line the ageing (but still CLS.

Interior architecture

The has an aesthetic edge I’ve not in a Mercedes-Benz in a while, at least not in without AMG-badges. The interior is the dash configured to accept a 7-inch display, as the COMAND interface system is standard. It differ from the sedan in that the gear selector is on the rather than the steering

As is convention with Mercedes-Benz’s coupes, there are robotic that move the belts when the doors are closed, and me, they’re quite handy.

There are high-tech features these including the optional Plus at R18 100, a system bundles radar-based adaptive control with Brake Plus that, without the brake pedal at all, apply 40% braking power if it a collision is imminent. In a similar when the driver does the brakes to any degree, the system apply the extra force to bring the vehicle to a complete

Attention Assist measures than 70 different parameters, the important being sudden corrections, to determine if a driver is and sounds a chime if it makes determination. The E350 Coupe has controlled damping as standard, and our test model was fitted an optional AMG Sport package 000) that includes AMG wheels, cross-drilled brakes, paddle-shift capability and brilliant sport seats.

These feature four simple on the inboard sides, controlling bladders in the seat bolster, side bolsters and two lumbar #8211; this, of course, on top of the ten-way electronic adjustment. the scalloped back seats are sculpted and supportive, although I suggest offering a ride to rear passengers. A Harman Logic 7 surround sound is standard kit.

Under that long lies Mercedes-Benz’s familiar V6 engine. This is admittedly one of my six cylinder engines, and develops a 200kW of power and 350Nm of in the E350 Coupe. Acceleration to is quoted at 6.4 seconds, which this E-coupe on an acceptable ground in terms of performance.

It feel slightly slower probably due to its sheer size.

The Coupe is one of those balanced I mentioned earlier, doing its job and without too much fanfare. The adaptive automatic transmission is smooth in an urban setup I spent 60% of the time I drove it) even though it was rarely the power was always there, it a magnificent everyday means of When I did push it, the available was there and often quite the gearbox adapting accordingly to gears for longer during the process.

With none of the options the E350 Coupe will set you an acceptable R670 000, of the Mobilodrive 120 maintenance plan. are few and far between, with only marginally smaller A5 3.2 FSI Quattro coming close.

It’s got a smaller engine, slightly power and torque, a higher top and a significantly smaller price At R513 000, it’s a Start ticking on Audi’s options list and you’ll pay less for it than a bog standard Coupe.

Think outside the box and Jaguar’s XF 3.0 V6 – or the Diesel S – makes a compelling for two more doors. The Diesel S, for trumps the E350 Coupe on and torque at a mere R2 000 more… But again, Mercedes-Benz owners are a breed of loyal buyers, and wanting a large coupe look further than the Coupe. Even I could live with an E350 provided that my current for cruising remains.

And that’s the of the matter: the E350’s sublime are deceiving. While it looks the it’s a cruiser at heart, a car so executed that its substance the senses. Accomplished in every it just doesn’t elicit primal or passionate beyond the of cruising.

I’ll take an XF,

Engine: V6 petrol


Capacity: 3498cc

Power: 200 kW @ rpm

Torque: 350 Nm @ 2400 – 5000 rpm

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