The Ties That Bind: 2017 Mercedes E-Class Vs C-Class Vs S-Class Coupes

While a visual comparison such as this one can definitely help shine some light on the matter, there’s no escaping the fact that Mercedesnew E-Class Coupe is remarkably similar to its C-Class and S-Class siblings.

You could argue that since all three belong in completely different segments, comparing them isn’t exactly fair. However, visually, Mercedes have been on a unifying design path for quite some time, which meant that the E-Class Coupe was never going to shock anybody with its looks.

So does this mean there’s less and less character to go around? Well, that’s up to you to decide. In a nutshell, unlike the coupe versions of the C- and S-Class, the new E-Class features a third side window, slimmer taillights, a more muscular bonnet and less pronounced lines running down the sides. Still, unless you’re a wiz at identifying small details such as these, you might easily mistake the all-new E-Coupe for the C- or S-Class, even though the latter might be easier to spot due to its girth.

Speaking of size, coming in at 4,826 mm (190 in) in length, 1,860 mm (73.2 in) in width and 1,430 mm (56.3 in) in height, the all-new E-Class is a bigger car than its predecessor, but also quite larger than the C-Class Coupe. The S-Coupe, while not as tall, is a full 201 mm (7.9 in) longer and roughly 40 mm (1.6 in) wider.

As for their cabins, you get much more of an S-Class vibe inside the new E-Coupe than you do inside the smaller C-Class. You’ve got four air vents in the E and the S and three in the C. The E and the S also share similar designs when it comes to their instrument panels and infotainment screens, whereas the main tablet display you get in a C-Class is styled similarly to the one in the A-Class.

In terms of value and performance, the E-Class doesn’t share any power units (yet) with the S, though we could compare say the E 200 or E 300 Coupe with the C 200 or C 300, as they use the same engines.

Mercedes-Benz E 200: 2.0L, 184 PS (181 HP), 300 Nm (221 lb-ft), 0-100 in 7.8s, 240 km/h (149 mph), 6.0l/100 km (47.0 UK mpg) avg, 136g CO2 – €49,051 (DE)
Mercedes-Benz C 200: 2.0L, 184 PS (181 HP), 300 Nm (221 lb-ft), 0-100 in 7.7s, 237 km/h (147 mph), 5.3l/100 km (53.2 UK mpg) avg, 123g CO2 – €37,600 (DE)
Mercedes-Benz E 300: 2.0L, 245 PS (241 HP), 370 Nm (272 lb-ft), 0-100 in 6.4s, 250 km/h (155 mph), 6.4l/100 km (44.1 UK mpg) avg, 147g CO2 – €54,740 (DE)
Mercedes-Benz C 300: 2.0L, 245 PS (241 HP), 370 Nm (272 lb-ft), 0-100 in 6.0s, 250 km/h (155 mph), 6.3l/100 km (44.8 UK mpg) avg, 146g CO2 – €44,800 (DE)

In the end, it’s all about perception. However, while there are plenty of similarities as well as differences between these three models, there’s no denying the fact that even avid car enthusiasts might pause for a moment and try to figure out which of Merc’s coupes it is they are looking at.


  • mccarluvr123

    S-class front and interior with E-class rear.

  • Adi

    Am I the only one who can distinguish these three with no problem

    • Karl


    • Kagiso Mutlaneng

      Nope! You have an eye for detail.

    • baofe

      Yes, out of 7 billion people in this world, you are the only one.

    • NG212

      I also have no problem distinguishing between the three. There are nuanced differences, which is why the two bigger ones ultimately look better than the C.

      • Astonman

        well well well – looked what the cat dragged in. Welcome back:)

        • NG212

          Thanks. I’ve been here the whole time. I’m a loyal reader and come to this site multiple times a day.

          But I’ve been lurking and not writing many comments because I’ve been busy. But just finished grad school and have some time. Thanks for noticing.

          • Astonman

            Always enjoyed your well thought out comments – that’s why I noticed. Congrats on grad school.

    • Kash

      In pictures it is a little hard, but in person it’s extremely easy, then if you pay attention to the small details (lights and B-pillar) it’s very easy, but no you’re not alone.

    • Ceneon

      It’s no problem to distinguish Mercedes coupes.
      C class has B pillar.
      E class has small pillar at C pillar.
      S is pure pillarless coupe.
      Another distinction are lights.

      E class interested me, but I see that only S class is highest beauty. The shapes, the expression… and size.
      I rather buy old CL class C215 or C216 much more cheaper than new E class or C class and I will have ultra class car with his remarkable beauty.

    • An Existing Person

      You’re not the only one.

    • Nordschleife

      If you know what to look for no. I think if your driving and can’t see the car close enough or don’t know the details one could be confused for another.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I know right? These are so easy to tell apart.

    • Kagan

      No, that’s not the problem.

    • Bash

      me too, I have no problem distinguishing between them.

    • D3X

      Disguishing them isn’t the problem. Why we even need to is the question; why have 3 almost exactly the same coupes with little differences is just weird; sure they may have different engines, and different chassis, but telling them apart is trivial. With other marques, they are vastly different with their 2-dr/coupe designs; BMW 2 series, BMW 4 Series and 6 series look vastly different, and same goes with Audi A3 Cabrio, A5, TT, R8 are also coupe/2 dr that you can tell from a mile away.

      It’s like Mercedes didn’t know how to design a nice coupe more than once.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    i hate that not similar but absolutely same designs for german cars,i hate that same interior design of sedans and coupes,i absolutely hate that ipad looking dashboard of c coupe.

  • MultiKdizzle

    E Class taillights are the best, C Class quite sloppy-looking.

    • geolemon

      Stick around for 10 or 20 more years. These styles always rotate in cycles.

      From a “timeless” perspective, I personally think the C Class strike the right balance between style and refinement that endures.

      The E-class may be a little more forward-trendy, but also a bit too minimalistic in the same ways we saw in the 90’s, before the pendulum swung the other way for the ’00’s with their giant, bulby lenses, and the ’10’s with lights integrated in ways that look like they are being swallowed up by giant fake vents and other plastic stormtroooper decorum.

      I’ll give you that the E-class lenses are more refined than those, but I still think the C-class strikes a better balance.

  • Kash

    I’m torn between the E’s and S’s headlights, but the double stripes of the E’s is way more attractive looking, and then the E’s sleeker taillights do the same thing for me.

  • Big Black Duck

    Mercs are copying Porsche now ? whe are they going to make anything with original style…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Hate to sound like a jerk here, but these are pretty easy to tell apart. I don’t get the struggle here.

  • geolemon

    Still so much like BMW…
    …the smallest of their “core 3” platforms is still the best looking and most fun to drive.

  • Enter Ranting

    Melted jellybeans in three sizes.


    • Vassilis

      The C63 S Coupe though?


        • geolemon

          I think you mean “reminds me of a hatchback”.
          Porsche’s have their engines in the rear, that’s not design “bulk”.

    • geolemon

      Since you are typing in all caps, I’m doubtful you are in Mercedes target demographic regardless. They expressly target those with refined tastes, class, and decorum.
      Those who have it, seek it – they appreciate understated refinement.

      Those who don’t – buy obnoxious cars with huge wings and exaggerated honking body kits that scream desperately – the automotive equivalent to typing in all caps.

      We can tell which class you fall into. Mercedes won’t be hurt in the least by your buying the same cars you always buy, and not theirs. Be honest – your friends would treat you funny if you did buy one of their cars. So don’t.


  • willi6

    I hate to say this, but from behind they all look like really nice Buicks the last version was a much better-looking automobile

  • Kagan

    This is the future and have been for a while. You use the same construction just scale it up or down.

  • getoffme

    Small, medium, and large German sausage.

  • Vassilis

    At first I didn’t like what they’re doing but it’s starting to grow on me. Either that or I’m just used to it. My favourite is the C63 S Coupe.

  • dumblikeyou2

    You can your color in anything you want as long as it’s Mercedes.

  • KenjiK

    From the thumbnail picture, i could have sworn that the middle car was and audi a5.

  • BGM

    Disgusting laziness…

  • Jay Davis

    Takes a discerning eye to spot the difference between these 3. Despite the similarities, the c-coupe looks like a hatchback and is the least attractive as a result of the proportions. The s-coupe is one fine specimen.

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