AT A GLANCE
PRICE New base petrol and diesel engines have changed the line-up, so it’s not possible to compare like with like. The entry diesel is now $96,000; the old one cost $100,855. All versions of the new model use a nine-speed auto against the previous seven-speeder. The petrol E300 costs $110,900 against $98,855 for the superseded E250. The E400 uses an update of the last engine, adds a head-up display, but goes from $131,615 to $145,900. TECH Active driving aids are the obvious addition and include active lane and blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, semi-automated parking and autonomous emergency braking. Android/Apple mirroring is standard. PERFORMANCE Respectable 0-100km/h straight-line performance at 6.4 seconds for the E300 and an appreciably quicker 5.3 sec for the E400 4Matic. DRIVING This is grand-touring at its most curvaceous. Size means the E coupe isn’t as lithe in tight turns as a C-Class two-door but it atones for that with prodigious cornering prowess when radius is wider. DESIGN The outside is dominated by the diamond-studded grille and more angular rake to the roof. Inside, the pair of 12.3-inch displays — one for infotainment; one dedicated to the driver — and the “turbine-style” circular vents command attention. There’s also an extra 74mm of rear legroom and, even with that roofline, 15mm of extra headroom.