Mercedes-AMG E 63

Mercedes-AMG E 63 review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

It falls not to us to say whether the world needs a 603bhp saloon car, or even a 563bhp one, or whether buying one in general is a sensible thing to do.

Surprise, surprise, though, the E 63, or the E 63 S, aren’t cheap cars – the standard E 63 is pricier than the equivalent M5, although a standard Audi RS6 will end up costing you a few grand more and the Porsche Turbo is dearer still. We would draw the line at spending the extra that’s required to move up to the E 63 S, though.

Running costs will also be steep, as they will be for its rivals. Thanks to cylinder shutdown and other clever tech, Mercedes has managed to deliver a claimed 31.0mpg combined figure for the E 63, but if you make use of those turbochargers liberally then you can forget getting anywhere near that. You’ll also need deep pockets to run one as a company car, bearing in mind that lofty list price and CO2 emissions of 207 g/km.

Still, you do get plenty of toys. Starting with the E 63 we’re talking fitments such as 19in alloy wheels, unique AMG bumpers and side skirts, a limited slip differential, electrically adjustable, heated sports front seats combined with an electrically adjustable steering column all with memory function. Then there’s the 12.3in infotainment screen including sat-nav, a further 12.3in screen housing those digital instruments, Nappa leather seat trim, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights.

The E 63 S adds mostly mechanical bits, starting of course with its extra power, but also dynamic engine mounts, 20in alloy wheels and an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential instead of the E 63’s mechanical version. Inside you get bucket-style racing seats and Nappa leather covering the upper dashboard – in the E 63 this is faux leather.

Euro NCAP awarded the E-Class its top five-star crash-test rating, with a particularly high score for adult occupancy protection. And it should prevent you having a crash thanks to standard active safety kit such as automatic emergency city braking.

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You may not need as much power in an executive saloon as the Mercedes-AMG E63 has, but you’ll have tremendous fun finding that out

  • Terrific engine noise
  • Performance
  • Feels lighter than it should
  • Conventional auto is smoother
  • Expensive to buy
  • Thirsty when used hard
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