New Audi RS6 Avant vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate: verdict

With close to 1200bhp between them, the new RS6 Avant and the E63 S Estate are as rapid as they are practical. But which is best?...

Audi RS6 Avant vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate closer


Which of our contenders is better for you will depend largely on what you’re looking for. If that’s an awesome turn of speed but you’re unwilling to compromise on comfort and refinement, the RS6 is for you.

If, however, you want even more prodigious performance and even wider smiles, it’s impossible to look past the E63 S Estate. Everything about it, from the way it delivers its performance and the noise it makes to the way it goes around corners, is more thrilling. The fact that it can be so entertaining yet also so practical, thanks to its massive load-carrying ability, is why the E63 remains our favourite hot estate.

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1st – Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate rear studio

For Faster; more entertaining handling; great soundtrack; better equipped
Against More road and wind noise; much pricier to run; firmer ride in town

What Car? rating Four stars out of five

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Audi RS6 Avant rear studio

For Agile on twisty roads; more refined cruiser; comfy ride; top-notch quality
Against Not as much fun to drive; smaller boot; option packs are expensive

What Car? rating Four stars out of five

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Specification: Audi RS6 Avant 4.0 TFSI quattro

Audi RS6 Avant front studio

Engine 8cyl, 3996cc, twin-turbo, petrol
List price £92,750
Target Price £91,177
Monthly PCP cost £1097*
Peak power 592bhp @ 6000-6250rpm
Peak torque 590Ib ft @ 2050-4500rpm
Gearbox - 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 3.6sec
30-70mph 3.0sec
Top speed 155mph
30-0mph 8.5m
70-0mph 43.5m
Official economy 22.6mpg (WLTP)
Test economy 21.8mpg
Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £3028
Fuel tank 73 litres
CO2 emissions 283g/km (WLTP)

Specification: Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate 4.0 4Matic+

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate front studio

Engine 8cyl, 3982cc, twin-turbo, petrol
List price £100,050
Target Price £89,704
Monthly PCP cost £1421*
Peak power 603bhp @ 5750-6500rpm
Peak torque 627lb ft @ 2500-4500rpm
Gearbox - 9-spd automatic
0-60mph 3.3sec
30-70mph 2.8sec
Top speed 186mph
30-0mph 8.5m
70-0mph 43.8m
Official economy 23.5mpg (WLTP)
Test economy 20.9mpg
Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £3158
Fuel tank 80 litres
CO2 emissions 274g/km (WLTP)

* Based on 48 months with a £10,000 deposit and 10,000-mile annual limit
Weather conditions Dry

Cars pictured

Audi RS6 Avant Launch Edition with Navarra Blue metallic paint and black Valcona leather with Rock Grey stitching

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate with Selenite Grey metallic paint (£685), Hazelnut Brown and Black nappa leather and AMG Ceramic Composite Braking System (£6995)