New Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe Review

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  • Very fast
  • Very stylish
  • Very well equipped
  • Quite cramped boot
  • Expensive to run
  • Alternatives are even more fun to drive
MPG
32.5
CO2 emissions
200 g/km
First year road tax
£1,240
Safety rating
-

The Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe is a sportier-looking alternative to the E53 Saloon that comes with the same engine. As a result, it’s just as fast, but not particularly practical

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The Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe is a seriously elegant luxury sports coupe that’s more spacious than a BMW 6 Series and comes with a flashier cabin, too. This high-performance AMG-tuned E53 version is also available as a four-door saloon, a more practical estate and a drop-top cabriolet.

Inside, the Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe gets plenty of sporty tweaks to help it stand out from the already eye-catching E-Class Coupe. You get lashings of leather, brushed metal and a flat-bottomed steering wheel alongside red contrast stitching and some more supportive sports seats with real leather upholstery – unlike the standard E-Class.

The standard E-Class Coupe’s 8.4-inch infotainment display has been ditched in favour of a pair of 12.3-inch displays. Together, they form an almost seamless widescreen that replaces conventional analogue dials and makes the E53 feel every bit as modern inside as the more expensive E63.

Electrically adjustable seats also come as standard, and there’s plenty of headroom in the front so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable in the Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the back seats. Sure, the front seats slide automatically forward to help your passengers climb in, but the coupe’s sloping roofline means there’s significantly less headroom than you get in a Mercedes AMG E53 Saloon.

You only get two back seats instead of the saloon’s three, too, and there isn’t a great deal of room to lift in a bulky child seat. At least you get two pairs of Isofix anchor points as standard, however.

Loading the boot isn’t particularly easy, either. A set of golf clubs will just about fit, but the tall boot lip and narrow opening don’t make unloading heavy luggage particularly easy. Unlike some luxurious coupes, you can fold the Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe’s back seats down in a three-way split so you can carry two passengers and some very long luggage at once. It’s not all good news, however – even with all the back seats folded down you’ll have to remove a bike’s wheels before it’ll fit.

The Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe’s interior is a very swanky place to spend time – well, besides the slightly gaudy red seat belts, that is…

Mat Watson
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With a 435hp turbocharged petrol engine to play with, however, you probably won’t be too keen to take the bike out for a spin. The Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe will blast from 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds – thanks to the grip afforded by the standard four-wheel-drive system – and on to a top speed of 155mph.

Doesn’t sound like enough? Well, pay extra for the AMG Driver’s Pack and Mercedes will kindly bump this up to 168mph. Handy on the Autobahn, perhaps, but less useful when you’re stuck in traffic on the M25 during rush hour.

If that sounds like your usual commute, you’ll probably appreciate the E53’s smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox and comfortable air suspension more than its outrageous acceleration. The former changes gear smoothly and responsibly while the latter does a very good job ironing out bumps and potholes.

Adaptive cruise control also comes as standard, and you get automatic emergency braking to help prevent low-speed collisions. The E-Class – on which the Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe is based – earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2016, so you can rest easy knowing this high-performance model will offer very good levels of protection in a crash.

The Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe is a very fast executive coupe that’s certainly worth considering if how a car looks – both inside and out – is just as important to you as its turn of speed.

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