2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is a large luxury vehicle that combines performance, luxury and safety into one classy 2-door package.

The E-Class Coupe is available in two trim levels, the E350 and the E550.

This coupe is constructed with a pillar-set profile, wind taming design, and a winning performance.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $51,120.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gallons (65 l) MPG: 20 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 185 in. (469.9 cm) Wheel Base: 108.7 in. (276 cm)
Height: 54.8 in. (139.1 cm) Width: 79.3 in. (201.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 3619 lbs (1642 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 13.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 3.5L DOHC V6 Compression Ratio: 12.0: 1
Horsepower: 302 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 3500-5250 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds Maximum Speed: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:E550 4.6L Bi-Turbo V8 MSRP: $57,960; MPG: 17 city / 27 hwy

Engine & Performance

The E-Class Coupe is fitted with a new powertrain that increases its efficiency and power. The E350 uses a 3.5L V6 powertrain that produces 302 hp and 273 lbs-ft of torque. This returns a fuel economy estimate of 19 mpg in city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The E550 on the other hand, uses a twin-turbo 4.6L V8 engine that generates 402 horsepower and 443 lbs-ft of torque. This trim nets a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on a highway. These engines are connected with a 7-speed automatic gearbox that comes with steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual control.

An optional 4Matic AWD system is also available but reduces the E350's fuel economy to 19/27 although it makes it a capable winter performer. The 2012 E-Class Coupe also offers great driving dynamics, with direct steering and strong brakes. It strikes a good balance between agile handling and comfortable ride quality.

Exterior

The look has been designed in a most appealing way for customers looking for a 2-door luxury car. The Coupe comes with fully retractable side windows, not interrupted by framework that allows you to see the horizon unobstructed. The power-operated Panorama roof is another key feature worth distinguishing the E-Class Coupe from other models.

This roof features a huge area of heat-reflecting tinted glass, providing all four occupants with a nice view of the sky. Every E-Class Coupe is fitted with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, with the E550 getting AMG twin 5-spoke wheels, silver-painted calipers and perforated front brake discs. LED illumination, created by the wraparound LED tail lamps at the rear flanks and the LED daytime running lamps at the front air dam, will definitely attract a lot of attention.

Interior

The E Class coupe combines old school luxury and high-tech features. It emphasizes soft-touch surfaces and leather, resulting in an exquisitely crafted cabin for the passengers. The Coupe comes with COMAND electronic interface that hosts a large display monitor, dash-mounted buttons and a control knob. Leather-appointed front and rear seats are standard on both trims, with the front seats being 14-way power adjustable.

This car also comes with ample cargo space in comparison to other coupes in its class. It has a trunk space of 13.3 cubic feet, but with the rear seats featuring a 60/40 split, the capacity can be increased. Other features include: integrated garage door opener, power windows with express up and down, dual zone automatic control4-way tilt/telescoping steering column, and interior ambient lighting.

Safety & Reliability

The 2012 E-Class Coupe comes with many safety features than most of rivals. Standard safety features include: stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, front pelvic airbags, front side airbags attention assist, Mercedes' mbrace emergency telematics, driver knee airbag and Presafe package that prepares this car for an imminent collision.

In addition, a lane tracking package has been incorporated adding lane departure warning and blind spot-warning systems. The Coupe is covered with a 4-year or 50,000 mile warranty, as well as roadside assistance during that period.

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Potent engines
  • Superb ride and handling balance
  • Elegant styling
  • Innovative safety tech

Cons

  • High price
  • Less sporty than some competitors

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe offers more than expected from a 2-door luxury car. It has been gracefully designed, comes with a comfort oriented interior, performs well and its many safety features makes it a 2-door car of choice to many people.

An international collection of characters crowd the coupe segment the E class finds itself in, worth mentioning are the Audi S5 (MSRP $50,900; 17 city / 26 hwy), the Chevrolet Corvette (MSRP $49,600; 16 city / 26 hwy), and Infiniti G IPL (MSRP $50,500; 17 city / 25 hwy).

Overall Rating
82 out of 100

What others say:

“Both the V-6 and V-8 gasoline engines are available in the Sedan, Coupe, and Convertible, while the Wagon only offers the 3.5-liter V-6, but adds standard 4Matic all-wheel drive.”Car Connection

“The two-door Coupe's lack of a B-pillar gives it a smooth aesthetic and an air of class.”KBB

“Superb ride and handling balance; potent engines; meticulously constructed; extensive safety features; spacious sedan interior; innovative convertible features.”Edmunds