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MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS AMG SALOON

E53 4Matic+ Night Edition Prem+ 4dr TCT

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions215.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Driver Convenience

  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual
  • Attention assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Direct steering
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Instrument cluster with AMG menu including RACETIMER and AMG start-up display
  • MBUX augumented reality for navigation
  • MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Outside temperature display
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Touchpad with controller
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • 2 USB ports in the rear
  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers and a 9 channel amplifier with total output of 590 watts
  • DAB Digital radio
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
  • AMG lettering on centre console
  • AMG performance exhaust system
  • AMG specific radiator grille with integrated Mercedes Benz star darkened in high gloss black
  • Arrow shaped wing signet in high gloss black with Turbo 4MATIC+ badging
  • Badging BITURBO 4MATIC+ lettering on front wings
  • Black chrome plated twin tailpipe trim elements
  • Chrome trim rear bumper in high gloss black
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing
  • LED rear lights
  • Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof
  • Pre-installation for roof rail systems
  • Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Top surround of side windows in high gloss black
  • Visible two twin pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper
  • Waistline trim strip in high gloss black

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel with trimmed in black nappa leather
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • AMG front sports seats
  • AMG Nappa leather upholstery
  • Artico man-made leather upper dash trim with contrast stitching
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black door pins
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
  • Floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with illuminated AMG lettering
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Glove compartment lockable with air conditioned and illuminated
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Heated front seats
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Start up display with AMG logo
  • Steering column electrically adjustable for height and reach
  • Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system with 3 climate zones

Packs

  • Energizing comfort package - E Class
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Parking package including 360 degree camera - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Driver and adaptive front passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
  • Perforated front brake discs and anodised silver brake calipers with "AMG" lettering
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Red seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Black surround electric key
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • 80 litre fuel tank
  • AMG ride control sports suspension based on Air body control air suspension
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G 9 speed automatic transmission

Trim

  • AMG carbon fibre - trim, centre console and door

Wheels

  • 20" AMG 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels painted in matt black with high sheen rim flange
  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.193
  • HC
    0.024
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    71
  • NOx
    0.02
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    215

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2999
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.4
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    14.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    9.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    20
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    30.1

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    435
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4Matic+
  • Coin Series
    AMG Night Ed Prem+
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    43E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    90
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    77
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    62
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    435
  • Engine Power - KW
    320
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6100
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    384
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    53
  • Engine Torque - NM
    520
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1800
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1447
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4953
  • Wheelbase
    2939
  • Width
    1860
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2065

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2555
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    540
  • Max. Loading Weight
    605
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1950
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.5

The improved Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate models offer something rather special. Jonathan Crouch gets behind the wheel.

Background

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate models were first launched in 2019, then lightly updated a year later to create the cars we're going to look at here. The E 53 wasn't the first relatively affordable Mercedes-AMG version of the current generation E-Class Saloon and Estate; these '53' variants directly replace E 43 4MATIC versions of these models, which had a V6 engine and 367hp. Here though, you sense that Mercedes' Afalterbach luxury division got itself a lot more serious about developing this car. The switch to 'E 53' status saw a change to inline six cylinder power and a power hike to 435hp at the same time as this E-Class variant future-proofed itself with a switch to mild hybrid technology. Add in the smarter exterior look and higher quality cabin that came with this model's mid-2020 upgrade and potentially, you've got quick a desirable performance package. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Before this E 53 model's mild hybrid in line six cylinder powerplant arrived in 2019, there was quite a gulf between the two engines that the Mercedes-AMG sub-brand used for its larger cars. These being the V6 '43' unit and the 'blood and thunder' 4.0-litre V8 of the ballistic '63'-series cars. Today, this E 53 model's in-line six cylinder 435hp unit delivers a lot of the performance that V8 unit might provide, together with a vastly more acceptable set of running costs thanks to the integrated mild hybrid tech. But you don't want to know about all that - not in this section anyway. You want to know how fast this E 53 goes and whether it's just a bit of a boat that goes very fast in a straight line but can't do a lot else. As has been the case with AMG-engined E-Class models of the past. Well it isn't that. Come to this car and expect it to have the scalpel-sharp handling responses of a similarly priced but slightly smaller Mercedes C 63 and you'll be disappointed. But it's more everyday-usable than one of those thanks to an AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes system and the inclusion of an AMG RIDE CONTROL version of the Mercedes AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension system. Plus there's 4MATIC+ AWD, a 9-speed AMG Speedshift TCT paddleshift auto gearbox and an AMG Performance exhaust for an authentic sportscar soundtrack. It all makes this car certainly quite dynamic enough to take on a direct class rival like a BMW M850i Gran Coupe. Rest to 62mph takes just 4.5s and the top speed has to be artificially restricted at 155mph. And, via a provided display screen AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as Engine Data, gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-up, G-Meter and RACETIMER.

Design and Build

The E 53 is marked out from humbler E-Class models by a bonnet with two distinctive powerdomes, plus there are large outer air inlets with two cross louvres and a smart front splitter in silver chrome. There are high-gloss black front flics to improve the aerodynamics too. In profile, there are restyled 19-inch light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised 5-twin-spoke design. The key identifying feature at the tail end is the round twin tailpipe trim, offered either in high-gloss chrome or high-gloss black (as part of the optional 'Night Edition' package). Inside, the E 53 gets a package of AMG-specific appointments, luxurious materials and the latest-generation MBUX infotainment system. There's a race-style AMG Performance steering wheel and sports seats in black ARTICO man-made leather, also trimmed with DINAMICA microfibre in an AMG design with red contrasting topstitching and an AMG badge. As with other E-Class models, the two displays for the instrument cluster and multimedia displays blend beneath a shared glass cover to form the Widescreen Cockpit. The customer can choose between the three AMG display styles "Modern Classic", "Sport" and "Supersport" for the instrument cluster. The "Supersport" mode is particularly striking with a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left and right of the rev counter. Practical issues are as with an ordinary E-Class of course. Rear seat space is generous. And the saloon model offers a 540-litre boot, with folding rear seat backs able to extend that further if need be. As before, the E-Class estate is the biggest station wagon in the full-sized Executive segment, offering up to 1,820-litres of total fresh air.

Market and Model

The E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate models come in two levels of trim, with prices that are pitched at around £65,500 for the standard 'Premium' version and around £69,000 for the plusher 'Night Edition Premium Plus' variant. You can also get Coupe and Cabriolet versions of this E 53 model for a few thousand more. As you'd expect for this kind of money, equipment levels are generous. As well as AMG Body styling, you get 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, AMG Ride Control damping with AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension and an AMG Performance exhaust system Inside, the nappa leather sports seats are power-operated and fitted out with red belts and a memory package. There's also the Mercedes 'Widescreen Cockpit' screen package that bonds together a 12.3-inch MBUX centre-dash infotainment screen with a digital instrument cluster layout of the same size. In addition, there's a wireless charging mat and black open-pore ash wood trim. Stretch to 'Night Edition Premium Plus' trim and Mercedes will give you larger 20-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels, a black-themed body kit, a panoramic glass sunroof, rear privacy glass and a 13-speaker 590-watt 9-channel Burmester surround sound system.

Cost of Ownership

The E 53's engine is embellished with a bit of mild hybrid tech which sees an EQ Boost starter-alternator motor mounted between the engine and the 9-speed gearbox. It's a key component of the 48-Volt on-board electrical system. The mild hybrid system adds another 16kW (or around 20hp) of boost to the total power output and 250Nm of extra torque and has been designed for maximum energy recuperation and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine with the start/stop function. There's also a gliding mode that disconnects the engine from the gearbox at a cruise. This powertrain also incorporates an exhaust gas after-treatment system mounted near the engine and a standard-fit particulate filter, the only part of the exhaust system that's under the floor. You shouldn't get your hopes up to much for the difference all this will make; the WLTP combined cycle fuel reading is up to 30.4mpg for the saloon (up to 29.4mpg for the estate); and the WLTP-rated CO2 return is up to 212g/km for a 'Premium'-spec saloon (it's up to 216g/km for a 'Premium'-spec estate. For the 'Night Edition Premium Plus' saloon, it's 215g/km and for the equivalent estate, it's 219g/km. Insurance is group 43E.

Summary

Do you really need a faster, more luxurious full-Executive sector performance saloon or estate than this? Probably not. That won't prevent this E 53 4MATIC+ model from being a super-rare sight on our roads though. But if you're fortunate enough to be considering one, that'll be all part of the appeal. It's very, very fast and the estate version is significantly more practical than either an Audi S6 Avant or a BMW 540i Touring. There are even Coupe and Cabriolet versions if you want a more exclusive feel. Thanks to 4MATIC AWD, AMG Ride Control and the AMG Speedshift gearbox, this improved E 53 feels more dynamic than any AMG-fettled E-Class model before it bar the wild V8 E 63. You could spend twice as much as Mercedes is asking here and not really better what this car can offer in terms of performance, dynamic ability, luxury and even exclusivity. If you don't feel the need to and find yourself in the market for a very quick, very plush luxury saloon or estate, then this one might be hard to ignore.

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