What is it?
This is the new Mercedes E-class E250 CDI BlueEfficiency Coupe SE, which replaces the CLK. It is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor and borrows much of its design from the E-class rather than the C-class, particularly the dashboard, switchgear and trim level equipment.
Mercedes says the emphasis has been put on comfort, safety and economy. As a result, you get padded front seats unique to the coupe, seven airbags, a drowsiness detector, a pop-up bonnet and a range of fuel-saving measures as standard.
The Mercedes E250 CDI BlueEfficiency Coupe is powered by a four-cylinder 2.2-litre engine that has 201bhp and 369 lb ft of torque. It’s the most fuel-efficient engine in the E-class range.
Thanks to its 55.4mpg average and 135g/km CO2 emissions, the E250 CDI BlueEfficiency is expected to attract the bulk of E-class Coupe buyers, especially in the company car market, which Mercedes says it is actively chasing. To this end, Mercedes also says that it expects a growth in buyers selecting the cleaner six-speed manual gearbox option, which we test here. Previously, 95 per cent of buyers opted for the automatic gearbox.
What’s it like?
The Mercedes E250 CDI BlueEfficiency may be the baby of the engine line-up, but it wants for very little. It pulls the E-class Coupe along with enough pace to satisfy, if not exactly thrill, delivering impressive torque from low down the rev range.