MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS AMG ESTATE E63 S 4Matic+ Night Edition Prem+ 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2283 g/km

The Mercedes E-Class Estate has always been a very classy way to carry rather a lot. These days though, it's cleverer and more efficient than ever. A focus on downsized engines will be a big draw, there's a frugal base diesel, a plug-in hybrid and fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG models add some excitement. Overall, the whole range just feels slicker and more desirable than ever. It's all very impressive, particularly as you can carry up to 1,820-litres.

ESTATE WITH A CAPITAL E

The most practical full-sized Executive estate you can buy is now even better. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved version of the 'W213'-series Mercedes E-Class Estate

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes E-Class Estate has always been a very classy way to carry rather a lot. These days though, it's cleverer and more efficient than ever. A focus on downsized engines will be a big draw, there's a frugal base diesel, a plug-in hybrid and fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG models add some excitement. Overall, the whole range just feels slicker and more desirable than ever. It's all very impressive, particularly as you can carry up to 1,820-litres.

Background

It used to be that if you wanted a large, plush practical estate, you bought a big Volvo. For some years now though, that role has been only fully filled by the Mercedes E-Class Estate. Rivals trade space for a bit of style but this car continues to prioritise practicality, with 670-litres of room on offer even before you start folding seats. This tenth generation E-Class Estate of course enjoys all the advantages developed for its saloon counterpart, a car offering efficient engines, astonishing technology and luxurious comfort. This updated model gets a smarter look and quite a bit of extra technology to keep it current in the face of fresh or updated rivals introduced since the original launch. There are also cutting-edge driver assistance features that even allow owners to take a step closer to fully autonomous driving.

Driving Experience

Electrification is the theme with this revised 'W213'-series E-Class model. The base E200 model with 197hp now gets mild hybrid tech, while the conventional base diesel, the four cylinder 194hp E220d variant, can also be had in E300 de EQ Power plug-in hybrid form. There's also a 3.0-litre six cylinder 4MATIC E400d diesel variant for the few that will want it. There are two Mercedes-AMG sporting versions too, both petrol-powered with 4MATIC+ 4WD; we tried the straight-six E 53 variant, which also gets mild hybrid tech and puts out 435hp. While at the top of the range, there's the wild V8 E 63, with 612hp. Even on mainstream E-Class Estate models, handling should be sharper than you might expect, though there isn't quite the balance you'd get with rival BMW 5 Series Touring, Jaguar XF Sportbrake or Audi A6 Avant models. With this Mercedes though, there's the advantage that all models get standard rear air suspension and level control - great not only for poorer surfaces but also for the kind of heavier loads that would trouble this car's direct premium rivals. Selective damping's standard too, controlled via the various provided 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes - 'Comfort', 'ECO', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. An additional 'Individual' option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Design and Build

As facelift restyles go, the one applied to this updated 'W213'-series E-Class estate is quite a significant. The front end features softer, re-shaped headlamps with full-LED beams and the grille's been revised too, as has the front bumper. Inside, the main change with this revised W213-series model, apart from this revised steering wheel, is the adoption of the brand's so-called 'Widescreen Cockpit' dash design, which sees two 12.3-inch displays, one for the instrument cluster and one for the central MBUX infotainment screen, blended beneath a shared glass cover. In the rear, passenger space is generous. If the front passengers have their seats at the lowest setting, you might find room for your feet slightly limited, but otherwise the rear foot wells are big and broad. The boot gets automatic operation for the tailgate, which rises to reveal a 640-litre space, easily the largest in the segment. It's a square, usefully-shaped area too, with 1,100mm of width between the wheel arches. Which is why this E-Class Estate is just about the only car you could choose that can accommodate a Europallet - though you might think twice about inflicting such a thing onto the immaculate carpets fitted here. There's no longer the option of having a third row seat bench fitted back here though. This revised model's second row rear bench seat gains additional cargo-related functionality, making it possible to position the backrest at an approximately 10-degree steeper angle. This creates an additional 30-litres of cargo volume, while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats. In addition, 40:20:40-split for the rear backrest, long items like skis can be slid in between two rear-seated passengers. To release the backrests, there are electric switches located in the load compartment and to the right and left next to the backrests. Use these and up to 1,820-litres of fresh air can be freed up. No segment rival can get anywhere close to that figure.

Market and Model

Expect to allow a premium of £2,000 over the saloon model, which, at the time of this test in Summer 2021 meant pricing starting from just under £42,000 for E-Class Estate ownership. Most models will be sold in the £45,000-£55,000 bracket: overall, that's pretty competitive against rivals like the Audi A6 Avant and the BMW 5 Series Touring. You'll obviously pay quite a lot more for a sporting Mercedes-AMG variant. The E 53 4MATIC+ six cylinder model was priced from around £67,500 at the time of this test, with the top V8-powered E 63 4MATIC+ up at around £100,000. Trim-wise, things kick off with either 'Sport' trim for the base E200 or E220d petrol or diesel models; or 'AMG Line Edition', if you want the E300 de EQ Power plug-in hybrid model. From there, your trim choices rise through 'AMG Line' to 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus'; you'll need the top two spec options if you want the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC model. The E 53 derivative comes in either 'Premium' or 'Night Edition Premium Plus' forms. The top E 63 comes only as a 'Night Edition Premium Plus' model.

Cost of Ownership

For a car that performs as broad a remit as the E-Class Estate, encompassing everything from German domestic market taxi fleets to family transport, company cars and all points in between, there's a pressing requirement for the car to turn in some great efficiency measures. To that end, Mercedes has worked hard to improve running costs this time round, which are aided by the increased emphasis on electrification across the range. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures. The E200 petrol with its latest EQ Power mild hybrid tech manages up to 37.2mpg on the combined cycle and 174g/km of CO2. And the diesels? Well the efficient 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model manages up to 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 148g/km of CO2. If you go for the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC diesel, the estate version of that variant manages up to 40.9mpg and up to 181g/km - not bad for a 4WD high performance diesel full-sized executive model. The E300 de EQ Power plug-in hybrid version of course, is in a different league when it comes to efficiency figures, officially managing up to 217.3mpg on the combined cycle and 35g/km of CO2 if you take into account its all-electric driving range - up to 33 miles. You'll need deep pockets to run the petrol Mercedes-AMG models of course. The E 53 manages up to 29.4mpg and up to 216g/km of CO2. For the V8 E 63, the figures are up to 22.8mpg and up to 282g/km.

Summary

Before this 'W213'-series E-Class Estate model appeared, the Mercedes of executive station wagons was perceived as a practical but slightly over-sensible choice in this sector. These days though, it's a much smarter choice - in more ways than one. Today, it feels like a car that's pricey but which offers a compelling value proposition. It drives with genuine polish, yet is capable of stepping from cruiser to carouser without breaking a sweat. Operating the car is relatively easy and you rarely feel as if this Mercedes is imposing its will on you, unlike certain rivals we could mention. The abiding impression is that this is a very carefully considered vehicle, developed by a company steeped in a proud engineering tradition. If you want to carry properly hefty loads in a car of this kind, yet want to do so with more than a modicum of style, this is one to place right up there with its premium rivals. It's better by design.

  • 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

  • Perforated front brake discs and red brake calipers with AMG lettering
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Active brake assist
  • 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
  • Active Dynamic engine mounts

  • 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+, Individual and Race

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

  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Outside temperature display
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • AMG track pace
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Instrument cluster with AMG menu including RACETIMER and AMG start-up display
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Traffic sign assist
  • 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
  • MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''
  • Touchpad with controller

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

  • AMG carbon fibre - trim, centre console and door

  • Camtronic
  • 80 litre fuel tank

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • 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

  • Badging - V8 BITURBO 4MATIC+ lettering on front wings
  • Arrow shaped wing signet in high gloss black with V8 BITURBO 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
  • Black chrome plated twin tailpipe trim elements
  • Chrome trim rear bumper in high gloss black
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof
  • Visible two twin pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper
  • AMG performance exhaust system
  • 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

  • Nappa leather upper dash trim with contrast stitching
  • Black door pins
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Start up display with AMG logo
  • Front door sills with illuminated AMG lettering
  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/dinamica microfibre and grey 12 o' clock marking
  • 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 Exclusive 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

  • Energizing comfort package - E Class
  • Driving assistance plus pack - E Class E63 S
  • Parking package including 360 degree camera - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class Estate
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class

  • Window airbags
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 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 with stitched AMG emblem
  • 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
  • 3 rear head restraints

  • 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 MCT 9-speed automatic sports transmission with race start function
  • AMG electronic rear axle limited slip differential lock

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

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

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.196
  • HC: 0.023
  • NOx: 0.027
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 283
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 8.6:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 14.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 22.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 22.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 19.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 12.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 12.4

  • 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: 50E
  • 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: 612
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • 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: 450
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 627
  • Engine Torque - NM: 850
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 612
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.5
  • Top Speed: 180
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 86.7

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 265/35 R20
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 DOUBLE SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1474
  • Length: 4996
  • Width: 1868
  • Wheelbase: 2939

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2075
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2665
  • 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: 590
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1820
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.5

  • 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 polished aluminium: £0
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in high gloss black: Included

  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - High tech silver: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £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

  • AMG Exclusive nappa leather - Macchiato beige/black: £0
  • AMG exclusive Nappa leather - Nut brown / black: £0
  • AMG exclusive nappa leather - Black with grey 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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