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    2018 Mercedes-Benz E- Coupe review



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    Cars have improved dramatically compared to 20 or 30 years ago, with better reliability, ride quality and safety, but they also tend to feel pretty similar from behind the wheel. Mercedes-Benz, however, manages to distinguish itself, even where other premium brands fail. The S-Class leads the luxury pack, and my recent week in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe made me want more drive time.

    From my first moment in the driver seat, maneuvering the E400 Coupe out of our parking garage, the car's feel impressed me. The throttle was powerful and smooth, while suspension, body and steering all felt perfectly synchronized.

    Over many miles, as I got used to the incredible drive feel, the car continued to engage me with its many useful features. Caught in stop-and-go traffic, Mercedes-Benz's adaptive cruise control literally drove for me. The digital instrument panel let me explore different styles, and the new COMAND interface, Mercedes-Benz's infotainment system, proved much more intuitive than its past versions.

    And what's that pleasant aroma? A glance in the glovebox reveals the Air Balance cabin fragrance system, a vial of scented liquid that plugs into the climate control. This E-Class Coupe pampered me, while remaining an engaging driver.



    Mercedes-Benz designers eschew hard lines, making the E400 Coupe sleek and svelte.

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    Mercedes-Benz offers the E-Class as a sedan, coupe, convertible and even a wagon. In sedan form, it seats five and, designated E300, comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 241 horsepower. Figuring E-Class Coupe buyers might prefer a more sport-oriented car, Mercedes-Benz sells it as the E400 Coupe, equipped standard with a turbocharged three-liter V6 making 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

    New for the 2018 model year, the E400 Coupe also comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters. The version I drove came with Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, adding $2,400 to the price.

    With less of a practical focus than the sedan, the E400 Coupe's two fewer doors also mean a rear seat only made for two, as a center console negates a third occupant. Given the pillarless side window opening, I wouldn't regret the loss of passenger space. The E400 Coupe's fluid body lines give it an absolutely gorgeous look.



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    Classic coupe formula makes the Mercedes-Benz E400 gorgeous

    I knew I was in for a technical treat when, digging into the car set-up menus on the center dashboard screen, I found three different styles for the LCD instrument cluster panel. Classic and Sport gave me traditional and realistic looking virtual gauges, while Progressive showed an integrated tachometer and speedometer along with a driving efficiency coach. My only complaint was that I couldn't program each style to come up when I engaged a particular drive mode.

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