One of the best compliments a car can ever receive is when the valet parks it right up front. On my first night with the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe, that’s exactly where I found this stylish coupe while taking my wife out for a date night. I knew this was going to be a fun week!
Completely redesigned for 2018, the E400 Coupe rounds out a solid lineup of E-Class models that also includes the Sedan, Cabriolet and Wagon. Had this tester been a sedan or wagon, it probably wouldn’t have gotten parked front and center in the valet lane. You see, unlike their four-door counterparts, coupes and cabriolets are more emotionally charged vehicles, and that’s whether you’re looking at one sitting in a parking lot or driving one down your favorite back roads.
The 2018 E-Class Coupe no longer rides on a modified C-Class platform, which makes this two-door longer, taller and wider than the previous E-Class Coupe. So what’s it like to spend a week with the new E400 Coupe? Keep reading to find out.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Exterior
First things first, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe is an absolutely stunning car. The larger proportions are well hidden leaving this new coupe with an almost identical profile as its predecessor, and from every angle, the E400 Coupe resembles a scaled-down S-Class Coupe, which is arguably one of the sexiest cars currently on the market. The best part of the design is its fastback-like roofline that stretches almost to the taillights, and the transition to the decklid is almost imperceptible.
Standard features include a diamond block grille, pillarless window opening and LED taillights with a crystal look, but this tester had optional AMG design add-ons for an even sportier experience. This includes a $2,500 AMG Line package that gets a more aggressive body kit with sportier front and rear fascias and wider rocker panels, while the 19-inch AMG twin-five-spoke alloy wheels seemed like a steal at $500. This car was finished off with the $720 Emerald Green Metallic paint, which left many people doing a double take. In most lights, the paint looks black, but in the direct sun, it is a dark and subtle shade of green.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Interior
Outside, the 2018 E-Class Coupe shares nothing with its sedan counterpart, but the interiors are far more similar with a mix of classic styling and high-tech. From the driver’s seat, the only changes are the super-stylish, turbine-style HVAC vents and the reshaped door panels. Mercedes has emerged as a crafter of phenomenal interiors lately with the E-Class Coupe revealing some of the best quality and materials you’ll find on a new car. The combination of black and tan leather is accented with tan stitching, real metal trim and natural grain elm wood.
And then there’s the technology. A pair of 12.3-inch digital screens span two-thirds of the instrument panel delivering a reconfigurable gauge cluster and a massive infotainment screen. This tester also added the $5,400 Burmester 3D Surround Sound, and there’s a reason why Mercedes dropped this car off tuned to SiriusXM Symphony Hall (Channel 76) as it sounds like you’re in a concert hall when you crank the volume up; there’s even a speaker in the middle of the headliner! The only downfall about the interior is the column-mounted gear selector that is easily confused for a windshield washer stalk, and this is even more disappointing due to how convenient and intuitive the touch pad controller is on the center console.
The added size of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe gives this car first-class accommodations no matter where you’re sitting. This car gave front passengers multicontour front seats with massage function and even heated armrests, and the aforementioned AMG package gives the driver aluminum foot pedals and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Unlike most coupes, the rear seats are plenty comfortable (albeit lacking controls for windows, infotainment or HVAC), and there’s 10 cubic feet in the trunk. With the big sunroof open and all the windows down, you create an open-air atmosphere that falls just short of feeling like a convertible.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Powertrain
About the only thing carried over from the previous E-Class Coupe is the base engine, and this 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 is still delightful with 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. This engine is now paired to a slick-shifting 9G-tronic nine-speed automatic transmission bringing faster, smoother shifts than the previous E400 Coupe’s seven-speed gearbox. Of course, the 4MATIC – a $2,500 upgrade – means that this power is sent to all four wheels. Even better, the all-wheel-drive system doesn’t affect the 2018 E400 Coupe’s fuel economy with both models offering identical EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway**.
As a mid-size luxury car, though, the E-Class Coupe has gotten a reputation as being more of a cruiser than a sports car, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe is just as capable of cruising down the interstate as it is being driven hard through twisty back roads. Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes just 5.2 seconds, which is not only 0.3 seconds faster than RWD model but also 1.1 seconds faster than the previous E400 4MATIC Coupe – despite weighing 300 pounds more! Until we have a chance to test out the all-new AMG E53 Coupe (hitting showrooms later this year), the E400 4MATIC Coupe is the best performance you can get from this car. And it doesn’t disappoint.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Safety
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The E-Class Coupe comes standard with safety features like nine airbags, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist and a rearview camera. This tester came with the optional $420 rear side airbags as well as the pricey yet comprehensive Premium 3 Package. This $9,350 package adds Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, Active Steering Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, automatic emergency braking, Surround View System, head-up display and an enhanced version of Mercedes’ Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC. This advanced adaptive cruise control system can now operate up to the car’s top speed of 130 mph… just in case you ever find yourself on the autobahn or something.
The E-Class Coupe also comes with Pre-Safe, Pre-Safe Sound and an available Pre-Safe Plus. These innovative features create an even safer cabin with Pre-Safe readying passengers when a possible collision is detected, and Pre-Safe Sound emitting a special noise just before an impending impact to shut out loud noises in an effort to protect occupants’ hearing after the crash. Finally, the Pre-Safe Plus helps protects occupants when a rear impact is detected.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Overall
With the BMW 6 Series and Cadillac CTS Coupe no longer around, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe is in a class by itself. And that’s probably good for the competition. Inside and out, this coupe is simply stunning, and it’s even better from behind the wheel. Whether you’re looking for a quiet-cruising luxury coupe or a corner-carving sports coupe, the 2018 E400 4MATIC Coupe is near flawless. In fact, the only problem I had with driving this car was figuring out how much to tip the valet when the car was parked just feet away.
Mercedes-Benz definitely pushed the E-Class Coupe further up market with its S-Class Coupe similarities, and that shows in the higher starting prices. In base form, the E400 Coupe is priced at $58,900*, while the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe starts at $61,400*; compared to the 2017s, the prices for the 2018 MY has risen by $4,350. That is surely a small price to pay for this kind of luxury and performance. As you see it, this E400 4MATIC Coupe added a bunch of goodies and had an as-tested price of $83,635.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealership and test drive the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.