Used Car: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Review
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe looks sporty, but its two-door body style means there’s not as much space inside as other cars in the class. It does, however, have great safety and reliability scores, which makes it a solid choice as a used luxury car.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is ranked:
Reviewers liked the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe’s V6 and V8 power when it was new, but they noted that the E-Class Coupe isn’t going to provide a pulse-pounding driving experience with either engine. Ultimately, test drivers preferred the larger, more powerful V8 in the E550 over the V6 in E350 models. The base E350 coupe gets 17/26 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. However, fuel economy is slightly lower on the more powerful E550 and convertible models. Some auto critics found the E-Class Coupe strikes a balance between firm and comfortable handling, while others thought that the E-Class isn’t as sporty as competitors and had light steering.
Test drivers were impressed with the luxury and quietness of the E-Class’ interior. Still, if you’re in search of optimal rear-seat leg- and headroom, you may want to opt for the E-Class Sedan, since reviewers thought that back-seat space in the coupe was limited. Additionally, some critics noted that the E-Class Coupe’s infotainment system was difficult to learn and use.
Inside, the E-Class has soft-touch materials and a classic, opulent design while still providing plenty of tech features. A panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system come standard on the E-Class coupe, which the convertible models adds leather upholstery to the list of standard features. Options were grouped into packages when the E-Class was new, and included items like navigation, a backup camera, heated front seats, satellite and HD Radio, an iPod interface and push-button start.
Even though the E-Class Coupe doesn’t have the a comfortable back seat or the most athletic performance, its exceptional safety and reliability ratings help it remain a strong contender as a used luxury car.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2011 BMW 3-Series offers athletic handling and a variety of engine options that should satisfy most driving enthusiasts. In terms of handling, reviewers thought that the 3-Series provided some of the best corner-carving abilities on the market. The base 3-Series gets better fuel economy than the E-Class Coupe, but it’s also less powerful. Still, the 3-Series coupe is available with all-wheel drive, which the E-Class Coupe lacks.
The 2011 Audi A5 is available as a coupe or convertible, and reviewers loved the A5’s opulent interior when it was new. Its reliability rating is a bit lower than the E-Class Coupe’s, and it’s also not as powerful, but the A5 gets significantly better fuel economy and is available with all-wheel drive, which should appeal to shoppers who experience harsh weather.