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.