2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

MSRP $64,950 - $67,450

Ranked #2 in Midsize Coupe

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There are few cars that hit the perfect spot in almost every aspect and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is one of the rare examples of those. There has never been a question about the premium interior materials and its build quality and to complement that, Mercedes now offers a new hybrid powertrain to enhance the performance and yet be one of the most frugal cars in its segment. Add to that the stylish interior and exterior designs and the sporty handling, it doesn’t feel like the sedan that is modified to be a coupe and feels like a true GT coupe from behind the wheel.

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Pros

Premium cabin design and material quality

Abundant cabin features and personalization options

A strong and efficient hybrid powertrain

Cons

Stiff ride quality 

No complimentary maintenance plan

What's New?

New mild-hybrid powertrain

Refreshed exterior design

New steering wheel design

New MBUX infotainment system replaces COMAND system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$64950

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

14.6/14.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

190 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

4057 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

10 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/31 mpg

highway range

539.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

E 450$64,950 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe in Black color
Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.1

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.9

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.0

Overall Rating


Talking about the wheel, the 2021 model year sees a new steering wheel along with an all-new MBUX infotainment system to replace the old and aging COMAND system. The redesigned exterior and the new aforementioned EQ Boost hybrid powertrain complete the list of changes made this year. Priced at an MSRP of $66,000, there are few midsize coupes that are as wholesome as the E-Class and the rivals include the Audi S5 coupe, BMW 4-series coupe, and Lexus RC F coupe. 


7.6/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.1/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

8.9/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Features

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is offered as a standalone trim with the new hybrid powertrain that is offered with either an RWD drivetrain or a 4MATIC AWD setup. As standard, it gets plenty of features which include automatic parking assist, all-around 360-degree view cameras with front and rear parking sensors, a premium sound system, and plenty of creature comforts.

Although leather upholstery is standard, one can opt for the $4,900 Designo Exclusive Nappa Leather Package which covers almost every touchpoint with exclusive designer premium leather upholstery. Additionally, there are other packages available to better spec your E-Class like the Warmth And Comfort Package for $1,050 that adds heated steering and ventilated seats to the standard heated seats. 

Trims

E 450 Coupe

MSRP (RWD)

$66,000

MSRP (AWD)

$68,500

Key Features

Blind Spot Warning

 

Automatic Parking Assist

 

13-speaker Burmester Premium audio system

 

Satellite Radio Service

 

Front, Side, And Rear View Camera w/Front And Rear Parking Sensors

 

10-Way Power Heated Sport Front Seats

 

Leather Upholstery

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels w/Run Flat Tires

Which trim should you buy?

There aren’t any trims to choose from, but for utmost fun, it is best to opt for the base RWD drivetrain and invest the additional money on the premium leather package. If you live in harsh conditions, AWD and Warmth And Comfort Package would make more sense though. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2021 E-Class coupe now features an all-new powertrain with the new mild-hybrid EQ Boost system. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine is paired up with a 48-Volt integrated starter-generator system that replaces the twin-turbo V6 from the 2020 model year. Peak engine output is rated at 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is the same as last year and is sent to the rear wheels as standard through the nine-speed automatic transmission.

In this guise, the E 450 coupe manages to sprint to 60 mph front standstill in just under 5 seconds while covering the quarter-mile drag strip in 13.3 seconds. The only caveat here is the electronically limited top speed of just 130 mph as the powertrain and the chassis are very well capable of doing much more than that. The transmission is smooth to respond and quickly overtakes on the highways take very little effort. 

Model

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 450 Coupe

2021 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI Premium 

2021 BMW 4-Series M440i xDrive Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

MSRP

$66,000

$53,545

$59,495

$67,000

Engine

3.0L, EQ Boost Turbocharged Gas/Electric Inline-6

3.0L, Turbocharged V6

3.0L, Turbocharged Gas/Electric Inline-6

5.0L, Naturally Aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

349 hp @ 6,300 rpm

382 hp @ 5,800 rpm

472 hp @ 7,100 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

395 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

4.9

4.5

4.5

4.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.3

12.9

12.9

12.5

Top Speed (mph)

130

155

155

162

Along with the E-Class Coupe, the BMW 4-series features a mild hybrid system with a marginally higher power output that makes it quicker in our acceleration tests. The Audi S5 has a lower power output than both other German cars and yet it manages to replicate the BMW’s performance. Both these cars are also more affordable than the Mercedes. The Lexus is priced on par with Mercedes and its naturally aspirated V8 engine is quicker than the Germans.

How does the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe handle?

Mercedes has lowered the ride height of the coupe as compared to the sedan, for a more sporty stance and ride, but it isn’t much sporty in this large and heavy coupe. The steering is light and precise while the suspension setup is pliant enough to glide over bumps and road imperfections effortlessly as we expect from a Mercedes E-Class. The optional adaptive suspension improves the ride even further but bad stretches of roads tend to unsettle the ride. 

The 2021 E-Class coupe feels more at home while cruising on long stretches of highways with its responsive yet tame powertrain and is better to not chuck it into corners at very high speeds as there isn’t enough punch to extract great fun out of its chassis. The well-insulated cabin and refined powertrain are meant to chug along miles while its frugality will make sure it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket in terms of fuel bills.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Braking Performance

Being one of the higher class products of the Mercedes lineup before the AMG line starts, the 2021 E 450 coupe employs a set of large 14.2-inch front and rear disc brake rotors that perform well to halt the over 4,000 lbs car in a braking distance of 113 feet in the 60-0 mph panic braking test. The brake pedal feels responsive and progressive, similar to other Mercedes cars and has enough bite to offer confidence in a tricky situation. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 450 Coupe

Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI

BMW 4-Series M440i xDrive Coupe

Lexus RC F Coupe

Brake Rotors - Front (in)

14.2

13.8

13.7

15.0

Brake Rotors - Rear (in)

14.2

13.0

13.6

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,057

3,847

3,977

3,902

60-0 mph (ft)

113

110

109

124

The BMW weighs marginally less and also employs much smaller brakes and yet manages to outperform the Mercedes in this regard. The Audi S5 coupe too has smaller brakes and is the lightest of them all and takes fewer feet to halt in the braking test. The RC F on the other hand offers massive front brakes and is also on par in terms of its weight with the Audi, but it’s not enough as it requires a whopping 124 feet of stopping distance. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The new hybrid setup has been introduced by Mercedes to improve both the performance and the fuel efficiency of the E-Class. The EPA rates the 2021 E 450 coupe for a maximum of 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined, which is 2 mpg more than last year’s V6 engine. The AWD reduces its MPG figures by 1 mpg in each aspect but the large 17.4-gallon fuel tank capacity offers a sufficient driving range of around 500 miles while cruising on the highway.

Model

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 450 Coupe

Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI

BMW 4-Series M440i xDrive Coupe

Lexus RC F Coupe

MPG (City)

23

20

22

16

MPG (Highway)

31

28

31

24

MPG (Combined)

26

23

25

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

17.4

15.3

15.6

17.4

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

400 / 539 / 452

306 / 428 /352

343 / 484 / 390

278 / 418 / 331

Again only the Bimmer is the one that comes close to the Mercedes due to it also employing the hybrid powertrain. It is slightly less frugal and also features a smaller gas tank which together affects its driving range. The Audi on the other hand consumes more fuel than either of those and also requires frequent gas station visits. The Lexus RC F is the biggest gas guzzler in this comparison with its massive naturally aspirated V8 under its hood and despite its large fuel tank capacity, it has the worst driving range to offer.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Interior

9.1/10

The cabin of the E 450 coupe lives up to the high quality and premium standards set by the brand itself. There are plenty of premium materials all around with leather covering most of the surfaces. The seats get genuine leather while the dashboard and door panels get synthetic leather. There are also wooden inlays and ambient interior lighting that livens up the ambiance inside the cabin.

The cabin is meant to seat only 4 occupants and the ones at the front will enjoy plenty of headroom and legroom along with heating, memory, and lumbar support functionalities. The driver will find it very easy to find the most comfortable seating position with pretty good views all around. The rear seat occupants will definitely find the rear quarter to be tight but short journeys wouldn’t be that big of a concern. 

There is sufficient storage space inside the coupe with decent-sized center console storage space, a glove box, door pockets, and 4 cup holders, one for each passenger. The trunk has a wide opening which makes it easier to load and unload luggage and measuring in at 10 cu-ft, the boot capacity is on par with the segment standards. The rear seat can be folded down to further increase the cargo capacity when needed. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 450 Coupe

Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI

BMW 4-Series M440i xDrive Coupe

Lexus RC F Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

40.9 / 56.1 / 41.8

37.4 / 55.3 / 41.3

38.0 / 55.1 / 41.8

37.8 / 50.7 / 45.4

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

36.4 / 50.3 / 34.1

36.1 / 50.7 / 32.7

35.2 / 55.0 / 34.5

35.0 / 46.1 / 27.3

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

10.0

10.9

12.0

10.1

Both the E-Class and 4-Series are again evenly matched in this regard. While both have similar cabin space and also employ premium materials and build quality, it is the Mercedes that offers superior headroom while the BMW has a slightly larger trunk on offer. The Audi also offers a sliver of additional trunk space but the rear seat is tighter than the Mercedes. The RC F is best suited to seat only two occupants as the rear seats are practically useless for even high school kids. Some of the interior features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe are: 

  • 10-Way Heated Power Front Seats w/4-Way Lumbar Support and Memory
  • 40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Fold Forward Rear Seat
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column w/Auto Tilt-Away Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Chrome Interior Accents and Light Brown Sen Wood center console
  • Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard and Door Trim Insert
  • Memory Settings for Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel, and Head Restraints
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 E-Class now offers an all-new MBUX interface with a larger 12.3-inch infotainment screen which can either be controlled via the touchpad, touch control buttons on the steering wheel which needs getting used to, or the “Hey Mercedes” voice activation system that needs a bit of improvement. That being said, the 12.3-inch digital driver instrument panel looks stunning and adds to the modern and tech-savvy appeal of the car. 

The system comes loaded with features that include navigation with augmented reality and three years of updates, a $1,100 optional head-up display, HD and satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, and the aforementioned 'Hey Mercedes' voice commands. The standard 590-Watt Burmester surround system will take care of all your music needs with no compromises at all. Some of the features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe are:

  • 12.3-inch MBUX Infotainment System
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument gauge cluster
  • 13-speaker 590W Burmester Surround Sound System w/2 subwoofers
  • Mercedes-Benz Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/6-month trial period
  • Bluetooth connectivity and 'Hey Mercedes' functionality
  • Head-up display

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior designs for Mercedes designs have received some flak from purists as it has become very difficult to distinguish between them. While the front fascia of the E 450 coupe looks pretty similar to its sedan siblings, the sloping rear roofline, the pillar-less side profile with frameless windows, and petite yet sleek looking rear-end are all pretty strong distinguishing factors for this coupe. 

Though many coupes just feature a front-row sunroof, the Mercedes offers a panoramic one as standard along with LED lights all around and a powered open and close trunk. The list of options is pretty extensive as well with soft-close doors also on offer at just $550, a rear spoiler at $350, and several other aesthetic features. The 18-inch wheels are standard while one can also opt from the range of 19-inch and 20-inch sets priced between $500 and $1,250 for a set of AMG wheels. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 450 Coupe

Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI

BMW 4-Series M440i xDrive Coupe

Lexus RC F Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,057

3,847

3,977

3,902

Length (in)

190.0

184.9

188.0

185.4

Width (in)

73.2

72.7

72.9

72.6

Height (in)

56.3

54.0

54.8

54.7

Ground Clearance (in)

4.8

4.6

5.0

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

113.1

108.8

112.2

107.5

The Mercedes E-Class coupe is the largest coupe amongst these coupes and hence is also the heaviest one and justifies its spacious cabin. The BMW is next in line with the Lexus and Audi following behind. The RC F offers the highest ground clearance while the S5 coupe is the one that rides the lowest, although the difference between them is marginal. Some of the features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe are:

  • Automatic Projector Beam LED Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding & Turn Signal Indicator
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Power Open And Close Trunk
  • Chrome Grille and Side Windows Trim
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass Panoramic Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • 18-inch 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Safety

9.9/10

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has managed to get the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe to be crash-tested yet, and considering the high value and low sales volumes, we don’t expect it to happen anytime soon as well. That being said, there is no shortage of safety features and functions in this premium coupe with plenty of driver assistance features making their way as standard fitment. A highlight of the most prominent safety features on offer has been mentioned below. Some of the features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) w/Crosswind Assist
  • Active Brake Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Front Collision Mitigation
  • Driver Monitoring Alert
  • Mercedes Me Connect Emergency SOS
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • PARKTRONIC Active Parking Assist Automated Parking Sensors
  • 360-degree Surround View Back-Up Camera w/Aerial View Camera System
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Competition

9.0/10

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe vs Audi S5 Coupe

The Audi S5 is known for its superb performance and a high-quality feature-loaded cabin that can be had at a relatively low price tag. The Audi is quicker off the mark and is also far more affordable than the E-Class coupe. In its defense, the Mercedes is much more frugal, offers a much more spacious cabin, and also gets plenty of features as standard. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe vs BMW 4-Series M440i xDrive Coupe

Probably the biggest competitor to the E 450 coupe, the BMW 4-series matches up with the Mercedes and even overshadows it in many instances. The performance is stronger and the ride is much more entertaining with the BMW. Both offer a spacious cabin and plenty of features as standard. On the other hand, Mercedes gets marginally better fuel economy and is also a bit more comfortable. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe vs Lexus RC F Coupe

The Lexus RC F is probably one of the last coupes to still offer the large naturally aspirated V8 engine under its hood for the purists to enjoy. This makes it far more quickly than the Mercedes but also suffers from fuel gulping tendencies. The cabin is too cramped and does not get as many features and practicality as that of the Mercedes. The ride quality and available features list is also much superior in the E 450 coupe. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Final Verdict

8.9/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is a well-balanced offering from Mercedes that ticks off almost all the boxes that one would expect from a coupe. It has a modern and fuel-efficient mild-hybrid powertrain that does not compromise its performance. The new exterior design complements the new MBUX infotainment system that is feature-loaded and looks stunning visually. There are plenty of creature comforts on offer. Unless you intend to push through corners on a regular basis and want a supple highway cruiser, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is the perfect luxury coupe on offer today. 

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