MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS AMG ESTATE E53 4Matic+ Night Edition Prem+ 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2219 g/km

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate models offer the full-sized Executive segment a rare kind of performance sporting confection. Not only can either body shape sprint to 62mph in 4.5s to the accompaniment of an emotive soundtrack, but the E 53 package also gives you a relatively efficient mild hybrid engine and there's all the usual E-Class quality and practicality. The result is a pretty special and rather different sporting executive drive experience, especially in this smarter, lightly updated guise. There's a sense of class, quality and style here that makes these E 53 variants almost unique at their price point.

LIFE BEGINS AT 53

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

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate models offer the full-sized Executive segment a rare kind of performance sporting confection. Not only can either body shape sprint to 62mph in 4.5s to the accompaniment of an emotive soundtrack, but the E 53 package also gives you a relatively efficient mild hybrid engine and there's all the usual E-Class quality and practicality. The result is a pretty special and rather different sporting executive drive experience, especially in this smarter, lightly updated guise. There's a sense of class, quality and style here that makes these E 53 variants almost unique at their price point.

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.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Top surround of side windows in high gloss black

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Active brake assist
  • Perforated front brake discs and anodised silver brake calipers with "AMG" lettering
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist

  • Floor mats with AMG lettering

  • AMG ride control sports suspension based on Air body control air suspension

  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface
  • Wireless charging

  • Direct steering
  • Blind spot assist
  • Attention assist
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
  • Remote boot release

  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Instrument cluster with AMG menu including RACETIMER and AMG start-up display
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • MBUX augumented reality for navigation
  • Touchpad with controller
  • MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''

  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • AMG carbon fibre - trim, centre console and door

  • 80 litre fuel tank

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

  • Arrow shaped wing signet in high gloss black with Turbo 4MATIC+ badging
  • Waistline trim strip in high gloss black
  • AMG specific radiator grille with integrated Mercedes Benz star darkened in high gloss black
  • AMG lettering on centre console
  • AMG performance exhaust system
  • Badging BITURBO 4MATIC+ lettering on front wings
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof
  • Visible two twin pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper
  • Black chrome plated twin tailpipe trim elements
  • Chrome trim rear bumper in high gloss black
  • Chrome roof rails

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • LED rear lights

  • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system with 3 climate zones

  • Black door pins
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel with trimmed in black nappa leather
  • Start up display with AMG logo
  • Front door sills with illuminated AMG lettering
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Steering column electrically adjustable for height and reach
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • AMG Nappa leather upholstery
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality

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

  • Window airbags
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Red seat belts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Driver and adaptive front passenger airbags
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet

  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • AMG front sports seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat

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

  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G 9 speed automatic transmission

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

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

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.193
  • HC: 0.024
  • NOx: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 219
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

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

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 19.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 29.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 14.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.6

  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 44E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 62
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 435
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: AMG Night Ed Prem+
  • Coin Description: 4Matic+
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 320
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 384
  • Engine Torque - NM: 520
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Power - BHP: 435
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.5
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 53

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R20
  • Wheel Style: AMG TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1461
  • Length: 4965
  • Width: 1852
  • Wheelbase: 2939

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2025
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2585
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 640
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1820
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.5

  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter: Included

  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in polished aluminium: £0
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paintwork: £895
  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in high gloss black: Included

  • Driving assistance plus pack - E Class: £1,695

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - High tech silver: £685
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Graphite grey: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895
  • Designo magno - Selenite grey: £1,795
  • Designo magno - Brilliant blue: £1,795

  • Nappa leather - Macchiato beige: £0
  • Nappa leather - Nut brown/Black: £0
  • Nappa leather - Black with red contrast stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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