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Revisions to looks, aero and suspension keep E63 competitive against Audi’s similarly endearing hot estate
Matt Prior
25 September 2020

What is it?

Small changes have come to the Mercedes-AMG E63, tested here in estate form, although a saloon is available too. But if you’re going to go big German powerhouse, you might as well go full wagon, I always think.

The facelift comprises a mild exterior makeover, including a new grille that reduces drag and therefore wind noise at the front, while there are flatter tail-lights and a reshaped rear bumper and diffuser. New alloy wheel designs complete the outside alterations.

Inside comes Mercedes' latest infotainment system, losing the old rotary dial and gaining a touchpad on the centre console, plus a new steering wheel with double-stacked horizontal spokes featuring many haptic controls (meaning that, given the central screen is touch-sensitive, there can be up to three ways to adjust one thing). 

The engine line-up remains unchanged, comprising a 4.0-litre petrol V8 that we don’t get in the UK and an S version that we do, making 603bhp and 627lb ft. The nine-speed automatic gearbox now has a wet start-off clutch instead of a torque converter and is said to be lighter and more responsive. 

The suspension has been refined with the aim of adding comfort; there are no hard material changes, but bushes are altered, dynamic engine bearings tuned and damper hydraulics uprated.

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What's it like?

I haven’t driven old and new E63s back to back, which would be the optimum way to really discern how great the improvements are on roads you don’t know. But our earlier drives in an E63 found that this car wasn’t as absorbent as it could and should have been, on poorer surfaces in particular, and that’s absolutely not a thought that occurred to me this time around. 

The ride is well rounded and relatively engaging for a two-tonne car, which feels predominantly rea- drive but has 4WD traction on tap when you need it – which can be often, because its performance is effortlessly responsive. The V8 sounds good, pulls early and keeps going strongly. 

Derestricted autobahns surely show this car at its best. One moment you can be waiting for traffic to clear at 80mph, the next, after some easy bellowing from the quick-to-respond V8, you can be exceeding the supposed 180mph (290kph) limiter. I saw 186mph (300kph) on the speedo and it was still pulling.

You can mess with damper modes, but my suspicion is that you’ll find one you like (probably Comfort) and stick with it. Likewise, there are myriad other options for engine, gearbox responses, exhaust loudness and so on. There are even programmable quick buttons on the steering wheel to switch through these, while the rest of the wheel spokes are cool once you get used to them, although the haptic volume control is, irritatingly, less responsive than a physical dial.

Should I buy one?

In addition to all the performance stuff, the E63 Estate is a big family car. Fit and finish are good and there’s loads of room in the back seats and boot. It just so happens that it has a 603bhp V8 in the front of it. Do go to Germany to make sure all of the horsepower is there from time to time.

You suspect that AMG has spent quite a lot of time around the latest Audi RS6 Avant, a compelling car that's the sort of ‘dream daily’ in a lot of people’s fantasy lottery garage. The E63 is back to better vie for that spot.

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25 September 2020

Wow, 100K for a posh estate? It certainly delivers on the performance front but I would rather have a more modest engine and a dedicated sports car such as a Boxster or a used 911 for the same dough

25 September 2020
volvocu wrote:

Wow, 100K for a posh estate? It certainly delivers on the performance front but I would rather have a more modest engine and a dedicated sports car such as a Boxster or a used 911 for the same dough

 

Yes, totally agree. It got ridiculous when AMGs started putting out 500bhp... now it's 600. What's the point of all this and where does it end?

25 September 2020

Dear BMW, this is what a premium car's interior looks like! 

25 September 2020
TStag wrote:

Dear BMW, this is what a premium car's interior looks like! 

NO! The BMW isnt nice, but this is all screens and a nasty wheel. The Germans need to improve but this is not the answer

25 September 2020
TStag wrote:

Dear BMW, this is what a premium car's interior looks like! 

 

Sorry but the 'sports' front seats and 'carbon fibre' trim seem like ludicrous affectations on a two tonne estate car. Not that BMW's recent efforts are any more tasteful - but they are possibly better built.

The top line AMGs and Ms are now so ludicrously powerful that I find the next step down more appealing, regardless of money. Subtlety and comfort are under rated.

25 September 2020
TStag wrote:

Dear BMW, this is what a premium car's interior looks like! 

If you are a drug dealer or 12 years old..

25 September 2020
bigalbi wrote:

TStag wrote:

Dear BMW, this is what a premium car's interior looks like! 

If you are a drug dealer or 12 years old..

This.

I'll take BMW's less flashy and more understated interior - especially the dash - over the touchscreen fest, arcade look alike controls of the Merc. BMW is likely to be far better built as well.

25 September 2020
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25 September 2020

 Time to move on a bit here, we all have our favourite times, unfortunately there way back in our early days of driving when we drooled over a Daytona or an E-type, today's Cars are for the current generation, they want there cars stuffed with what is really everyday tech, so this happens to be in an Antique dealers express and it's a six figure price, well, when it comes to cars, why shouldn't you have the car the way you want it?, a fast estate, a sports car, a five door Saloon?, one mans meat, another mans poison, what you like they might not, that's life.

25 September 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

today's Cars are for the current generation

What do you mean, current generation? Do you mean people who can afford £100K for an estate car. Thats far more likely to be people in their 50s and 60s like me than someone in their 20s or 30s. 

And forget the AMG versions, look at people who drive ordinary E Class Mercs, they are pretty much always older than you (No matter how old you are!)

 

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