2019 Mercedes E-Class Coupe vs. 2019 Bentley Continental GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

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Safety

The E-Class Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Continental GT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Coupe are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Bentley Continental GT doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The E-Class Coupe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The E-Class Coupe has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the E-Class Coupe and the Continental GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The E-Class Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Continental GT’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The E-Class Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Continental GT’s (5 vs. 3 years).

There are over 8 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Coupe’s warranty.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mercedes E-Class Coupe as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Bentley Continental GT is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Continental GT.

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Continental GT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Continental GT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Mercedes E-Class Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Bentley Continental GT.

Passenger Space

The E-Class Coupe has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Continental GT can only carry 4.

The E-Class Coupe has .8 inches more front headroom and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the Continental GT.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Continental GT doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the E-Class Coupe’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

On extremely cold winter days, the E-Class Coupe’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Bentley Continental GT isn’t available as a convertible, sedan or station wagon.

The E-Class Coupe is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Continental GT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Continental GT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Bentley Continental GT by over 55 to one during 2017.

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