Mercedes AMG E63 S Saloon Review
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
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The Mercedes-AMG E63 makes a strong case for itself as the only car a trackday-loving business executive 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 Mercedes-AMG 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 Mercedes-AMG E63 – 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 Mercedes-AMG 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 Mercedes-AMG 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 Mercedes-AMG 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.
For more in-depth info on the Mercedes-AMG E63 read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications reviews sections over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the E63, click through to our deals page.
You may focus on just how fast the Mercedes-AMG E63 can go, but it’s also a very spacious and practical car. There’s lots of room for passengers and luggage, but a BMW 5 Series has a little more rear headroom
What more could you want from a saloon? The E63 is not only fantastically fast, but also tremendously practical and comfortable inside
The Mercedes-AMG E63 is just as spacious inside as the standard E-Class. Its more supportive sports seats come with electrical adjustment to help you get comfortable and there’s mountains of headroom, too. You even get four-way electrically adjustable lumbar support as standard to help reduce back ache on long journeys.
Both front seats come with height adjustment and the steering wheel rises automatically when you open the door to help making getting in and out as easy as possible.
Jumping in the back seats is made easy by the wide rear door openings and you can even get doors that’ll shut themselves for £435. There’s more than enough leg and headroom for passengers over six-foot tall to get comfortable and the seats can recline slightly if you’d rather take a nap than listen to the E63’s engine burbling away up front.
The BMW M5 has a touch more headroom in the back but the Mercedes’ wider cabin and more generous footwells mean the E63 will be much better for carrying three adults abreast. Fitting a child seat is a breeze in the Mercedes, too – those wide door openings really help, and the Isofix anchor points are clearly marked.
The Mercedes-AMG E63 is packed with plenty of handy cubby holes to keep its elegant cabin thoroughly clutter-free. Its cavernous glovebox has more than enough space for a large bottle of water – as do both front door bins.
There’s a USB port under the split-folding front armrest for keeping your phone charged and enough space to hide away a few valuables, too. You can get a wireless charging pad under the dashboard for an extra £250 too, but you’ll still have to plug your phone in if you want to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
There’s a pair of cupholders in the folding rear armrest and both back doors have bins big enough for a medium-sized bottle of water each.
The Mercedes-AMG E63’s 540-litre boot is identical to the standard saloon’s and it’s around 10 litres larger than what you get in a BMW M5. There’s more than enough space to carry a large baby stroller and some soft bags or a selection of large suitcases but the Mercedes’ raised boot opening means it’s not quite as easy to pack full of bulky items as the BMW.
Unlike in the E-Class saloon, the E63’s rear seats fold down in a three-way (40:20:40) split as standard. This means you can carry two passengers in the back and some long luggage – such as skis – in the boot at the same time.
You’ll also find a small folding hook for carrying your shopping bags, a netted cubby and some underfloor storage for keeping small valuables items – such as cameras – hidden safely out of sight.
There are some handy levers in the boot to make flipping the back seats down a breeze and, with them tucked out of the way, there’s enough space to carry a bike with its wheels fitted. Unfortunately, there’s a slight lump in the floor that makes sliding heavy boxes up behind the front seats a bit of a pain.
Thanks to its 571hp V8 the Mercedes-AMG E63 is phenomenally quick in a straight line but its suspension has to work hard to keep its two-tonne body from leaning in corners
The E63 has nearly endless amounts of power for when you want to have fun and is super comfortable for when you don’t
The high-performance Mercedes-AMG E63 comes fitted with a 571hp 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine that powers all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, this comfortable and well-equipped saloon can leap from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed limited to 155mph.
If you’re looking for outright speed in your new executive saloon, the BMW M5 is ever-so-slightly quicker – it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and comes with the option to remove its 155mph limiter. The upgraded 612hp E63 S model matches its BMW counterpart for pace, however, but will set you back an extra £9,130.
Fuel economy probably isn’t your main concern if you’re considering buying a Mercedes-AMG E63, but it may be reassuring to know it returns a claimed 31mpg – that’s around 5mpg more than the M5. In real world conditions (and if you can resist the temptation to floor it away from every set of traffic lights) you can expect it to manage approximately 20mpg.
Every Mercedes-AMG E63 come with adjustable air suspension as standard so they’re as comfortable as they are fast. Stick it in comfort mode and it’ll do an impressive job of softening the vibrations of rutted roads while in sport mode everything stiffens up and the big Mercedes drives like a smaller, sportier car. It’s not quite as poised as the Porsche Panamera but it’s still very controllable and more than fast enough to scare your passengers silly.
The standard nine-speed automatic gearbox does a good job of slushing gears together at slow speeds and it responds fairly quickly to the paddles mounted on the steering wheel if you want to choose when to change gear yourself. It’s not quite as neck-snappingly responsive as the Porsche Panamera’s eight-speed dual-clutch ‘box, however.
The E63’s V8 releases a deeper, more emotive burble than the Panamera Turbo’s 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 when you hit the accelerator but it settles down into a quiet cruise when the time comes to give your right foot a rest. You’ll hear just as little wind noise in the cabin as in the standard E-Class, but the E63’s bigger wheels and wider tyres produce a slightly louder roar at motorway speeds.
If letting rip on a race track is more your thing, the E63 comes with what Mercedes calls a drift mode. This feature turns the usually four-wheel-drive saloon into a rear-wheel-drive monster that’ll tear through rear tyres faster than it’ll burn fuel.
You’re more likely to spend most of your time on boring motorways so you’ll want to consider the optional £1,695 Driver Assistance Plus pack. It comes with a wide range of safety systems designed to keep you safe as you cruise along. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and the E63 can accelerate, brake and even adjust its speed to match changing speed limits all by itself. These features all helped the standard E-Class achieve an impressive five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2016 – expect the high-performance E63 models to perform equally well.
The E63’s cabin is more cocktail bar than the standard E-Class’ country club but it’s still not quite as user friendly as the M5’s more intuitive interior
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