The Mercedes-AMG E63 takes one part executive saloon and nine parts sports car to create one of the fastest four-doors on sale – just don’t expect it to come cheap
The Mercedes-AMG E63 makes a strong case for itself as the only car a trackday-loving businessman could ever need. It’s comfortable, packed with loads of kit as standard and comes with a ferocious 571hp engine that eats Porsches for breakfast.
With help from grippy four-wheel drive, it leaps the car from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, but the range-topping S model is even quicker – it’ll do it in just 3.4 seconds – quicker than a Porsche Panamera Turbo and just as fast as a BMW M5.
It’s not just racing away from the lights that the E63 does well – its standard adaptive air suspension does an excellent job of smoothing out the bumpiest of roads. It comes with adjustable settings too, so you can choose from a comfort mode – to help you while away the miles with ease – or a sportier setup to stop the E63’s body leaning too much in tight corners.
Factor in a nine-speed automatic gearbox that shifts through gears with a smoothness that makes a baby’s bottom seem abrasive, and the net result is a seriously fast car that’s also very comfortable when you want it to be.
And the news only gets better when you step inside. You get all the same desirable features found in the standard E-Class – including a dashboard trimmed in man-made leather, lashings of aluminium and cool LED mood lighting. On top of that there’s a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display (like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system), which is a £495 option on entry-level cars.
You also get a 12.3-inch infotainment display with high-resolution graphics and more detailed maps as standard – it’s optional in the standard E-Class. It’s relatively easy to use but the touchpad and scroll wheel arrangement on the centre console is a bit more fiddly than the iDrive system you get in a BMW M5. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring comes as standard so you can use a variety of your phone’s apps through the car’s built-in screen.
The E63 takes all Mercedes’ best bits and blends them together with a shot of Jägermeister and chilli – except, the end result is surprisingly delicious…
It’s not just the in-car tech that’s been tweaked for the high-performance E63 version – the seats have been revised, too. You get more heavily bolstered AMG-badged items with electrical adjustment and four-way adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back ache on long journeys.
There’s loads of space in the back, too. The rear doors open nice and wide and even passengers over six-feet tall will have plenty of leg and headroom to stretch out. Carrying three abreast is less of a squeeze than in the M5 too thanks to the E63’s softer central seat – and it’s a breeze to fit a child seat using the clearly marked Isofix anchor points.
You’ll have no issues carrying your passengers’ luggage, because the E63’s 540-litre boot is identical to the standard E-Class’ and comes with three-way (40:20:40) folding rear seats as standard so you can carry long luggage in the boot and still have space for two people on the back seat.
Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the E63 but it should offer near-identical protection in a collision to the standard E-Class – a car that received an impressive five-star rating in 2016.
So the E63 will keep your family safe but its USP is that it’s a luxurious saloon that’ll happily blow the doors off most sports cars. It’s expensive, but you’ll struggle to find a similar blend of luxury and performance anywhere else.