2010 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe | road test

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 by
With the AMG bodykit that's standard in the GCC, we think the E-Class Coupe is one of Merc's best looking cars

With the AMG bodykit that's standard in the GCC, the E-Class is one of Merc's best looking cars

AT A GLANCE

FOR

  • Looks great
  • Wonderful to drive
  • Surprisingly practical

AGAINST

  • Slightly cramped in the back
  • Driver’s seat a little high
  • No proper AMG version

SUMMARY

The E500 Coupe is a great looking car and a nice change from the normally staid Mercs of recent years, thanks to its AMG bodykit (which is standard in the GCC). It also manages to achieve a fine balance between performance, comfort and luxury. It’s well put together, handles superbly and has a great V8 engine and is equally at home on a winding road or cruising around with the shopping. We haven’t really liked a Mercedes in a long time, but we really like this one.

The E500 Coupe mixes good looks with admirable performance

The E500 Coupe mixes good looks with admirable performance and comfort

PERFORMANCE

The engine in the E500 is a 5.5-litre V8 with 388bhp and it’s wonderful. It complements the car beautifully, in that it mixes power and performance with a comfortable smoothness that makes it easy to drive around town as well as on the open road. It’s quick to respond on the throttle and the excellent seven-speed automatic gearbox is quick to drop down a couple of cogs, which means almost instant linear acceleration when you want it. Really good.

HANDLING AND RIDE

The sports suspension is firm, which gives the E500 great stability through the corners. There’s plenty of grip if you like to push the car on, even on really tight bends. Despite the stiffness of the chassis however, the ride is never crashy. It’s obviously firmer than an SUV but it’ll soak up potholes and speed bumps without much trouble.

The steering is nicely weighted and the wheel feels good in the hands.

The interior is standard Mercedes fare, but that's not a bad thing

The interior is standard Mercedes fare, but that's not a bad thing

COMFORT

The car’s interior is standard Mercedes fare, but that’s not a bad thing and it’s very nicely done. There’s beautiful dashboard with aluminium effect dials and a big graphic display screen in the middle of the speedo. The seating position is generally excellent, although we’d prefer to be able to lower the seat a little bit more than is possible – tall drivers and speed bumps can prove a painful combination on the head.

Build quality is excellent and all the materials used feel really classy to the touch. We’ve no complaints at all; everything is completely solid.

There’s a lovely exhaust note from inside the car; just enough rumble and boom to put a smile on your face, but generally the sound lurks behind the scenes and doesn’t intrude on any conversations you might be having as you drive. General road and wind noise is minimal – we reckon a whispered conversation at 120kph would be totally possible.

This picture makes the back of the E500 Coupe look more spacious than it is. The seats are comfortable if you can fit into them though.

This picture makes the back of the E500 Coupe look more spacious than it is. The seats are comfortable if you can fit into them though.

PRACTICALITY

There are two seats in the back of the Coupe, but they’re not exactly spacious. Anyone over about 5ft 8 is likely to find it fairly cramped. That said, we did have rear seat passengers during our time with the car and they reported no problems. The boot is large – not as big as in the E-Class sedan, but still sizeable at 450 litres.

All the controls in the car are generally easy to use. The sound and navigation system is operated by an iDrive-style single knob on the centre console. Some of the more detailed features of the music and navigation settings proved slightly less intuitive and required a dig around in the manual, but the main functions were pretty easy to find and use.

A feature we particularly liked was the extendible seat belt holders that literally give you the seat belt when you get in the car. With the large doors, reaching them would be a stretch without such a touch.

Did we mention that we really like the AMG bodykit?

Did we mention that we really like the AMG bodykit?

FEATURES

In the GCC, the E500 comes with a huge amount of equipment as standard, most notably with the AMG Sports package, which includes a bodykit and smart 18-inch alloy wheels. It looks really good, but makes it all the more baffling as to why Mercedes has decided not to do a super-hot AMG version of the E-Class Coupe – we reckon such a car would snapped up in this region. The package also includes sports suspension and faster, more direct steering.

Among the rest of the standard kit is a really nice panoramic sunroof that lets in lots of light. Just remember to close it when you leave the car on a sunny day, or it’ll super-heat the interior. Also included is a reversing camera with parking sensors, cooled front seats. A multimedia system with satellite navigation and a Harmon Kardon stereo with iPod connectivity are also thrown in, as is three-zone air conditioning. Intelligent cruise control (called Distronic Plus) is an optional extra.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe

2010 E500 Coupe

SAFETY

Standard safety equipment in the E500 Coupe includes ABS, ESP electronic stability control and Brake Assist. Attention Assist is also standard, which warns drivers if they’re in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The standard PreSafe system can detect when an accident is about to happen and automatically closes the windows, readies the seatbelts and moves the seats to the safest position. The Active Bonnet protects pedestrians by increasing the space between bonnet and engine in the event of an accident.

Front, side and curtain airbags are all standard, as are knee airbags for the driver. Rear side airbags are available as an option.

No crash test information was available at the time of writing.

 

 

 

 

2010 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe

2010 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe

 

COSTS

At 295,045AED, the E500 Coupe is pretty much the same price as its main rival, the Audi S5. It’s more powerful too and some would consider the rear-wheel drive aspect of the Merc preferable to the Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.

With a combined fuel economy of 10.9litres/100km (better than the S5), the E500 has a range of around 600km from its 66-litre fuel tank.

Mercedes-Benz offers a two-year/60,000km warranty on the E500 Coupe. Major services are due every 30,000km, and will cost around 3,500AED at the time of writing.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe

Engine: 5.5-litre V8
Max power (bhp/rpm): 388/6,000
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 530/2,800
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Driven wheels: Rear wheel drive
Kerb weight: 1,715kg
Price (AED): From 295,045 (Entry-level E250 starts at 201,600)

Post Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *