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Avg. Price Paid: $24,436 - $28,785
Original MSRP: $48,050 - $54,650
MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Performance

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Most reviewers say the 2010 E-Class offers gentle, pleasant road manners, but lacks the sporty character of other luxury 2-door cars. A few reviewers find the E-Class Coupe to be a balanced, powerful sports coupe -- but they tend to be reviewers who drove only the more expensive E550 edition. Those looking for a coupe that offers a luxury pedigree and a purer sports-car driving experience might be better served with a BMW 3-Series or Audi A5

  • "Any E-Class is pleasant and capable, but all fall well short of being outright sporty." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although it's not the most athletic car to drive, it nevertheless offers highly tactile steering, strong engines and a chassis that inspires confidence. Regardless of body style or engine, the 2010 E-Class is a remarkable luxury car to drive.” -- Edmunds
  • "[The E550] is a taut, ferocious little luxury tourer, with excellent brakes, high-strung steering and engine torque that comes on like Man o' War in the final furlong: 391 pound-feet of torque between about 2,500 and 5,000 rpm." -- Los Angeles Times

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 E-Class Coupe is available in E350 trim, with a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 268 horsepower, or in E550 trim, with a 5.5-liter V8 making 382 horsepower. Either engine will provide owners with a comfortable highway cruising power. We found few published reviews of V6 coupes, however, in the sedan version of the same car, reviewers have said the V6 engine doesn’t feel particularly powerful. 

Most of the cars Mercedes has provided to the media have been E550 sedans. That may have been a strategic decision, as the company tries to put its best foot forward. Reviewers say the V8 engine is extraordinary, making the Coupe feel exceptionally quick. It comes at a considerable premium over the V6 edition, however.

We should note that it isn’t necessary to spring for a V8 to get pulse-quickening acceleration in a luxury coupe. The BMW 3-Series Coupe, for instance, is quicker than this car with its base V6.

Both models feature the same seven-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually. An E63 AMG version, reviewed separately, offers even more power.

The EPA rates the E350 coupe for 17 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, and the E550 for 15 and 23.

  • "V8 models are appreciably stronger than their V6 counterparts in either body style. … The E350 coupe is clocked at 6.2 seconds 0-60 by the manufacturer, with the E550 coupe at 5.0. The E550, though it doesn't feel as fast as Mercedes' estimate, is still plenty quick." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The [E550] coupe's 5.5-liter V-8-one of the best naturally aspirated eights in the business-and seven-speed automatic transmission handle all those pounds very well indeed." -- Car and Driver
  • "The E550 Coupe weighs 251 pounds less than the sedan. Combined with the highly dexterous seven-speed gearbox, the E550 Coupe will pass just about anything on the road. Simply kick down three gears, pull out the whip and start wailing.” -- Los Angeles Times

Handling and Braking

Compared to the Mercedes-Benz CLK it replaces, reviewers say the E-Class Coupe is an athletic handler. Compared to more blatantly-sporty luxury coupes, however, its steering feels muted and its ride can be surprisingly rough over imperfect roads. Those looking for a taut-handling luxury coupe might want to look one class smaller, at the BMW 3-Series, or even the Audi A5.

  • "Ride is remarkably buttoned-down and just as comfortable as before, but the new E is now a commendable handler with a taut chassis and communicative steering to boot." --Edmunds
  • “The steering, though quick at 2.7 turns lock to lock, is thin on feedback." -- Car and Driver
  • “Probing autobahn speeds on our proving ground's oval also revealed slightly wandery steering." -- Motor Trend
  • “Coupes exhibit decent body control, but small bumps trigger a noticeable impact in the cabin, something we deem inappropriate for a car of E-Class' pretensions. … Braking is highly responsive, easy to modulate, and impeccably secure.” -- Consumer Guide

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