The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate offers stunning pace, all-weather ability and practicality. And anyone worried that the switch to four-wheel drive would make it less engaging than its predecessor can rest easy; there’s even a Drift mode that lets you temporarily turn it back into a rear-wheel-drive car if you see fit.
The only real downside is the price – £81,130 (or £90,490 for the E 63 S) is a huge amount in anyone’s book. But if that’s not a deal breaker, few cars offer such a wide range of talents.
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Audi RS6 Avant
Mercedes-AMG E63 4Matic+ Estate
Price from £81,130
Engine V8, 3982cc, turbo, petrol
Power 563bhp at 5750-6500rpm
Torque 553lb ft at 2250-5000rpm
Gearbox 9-spd automatic
Top speed 155mph
Official economy 31.0mpg
CO2, tax band 207g/km, 37%
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