MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS AMG COUPE E53 4Matic+ Night Ed Premium Plus 2dr 9G-Tronic






0 - 62 mph4.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2215 g/km


By Jonathan Crouch


The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe is a rare kind of performance sporting car. Not only can it sprint to 62mph in under 4.5s to the accompaniment of an emotive soundtrack but it also has a relatively efficient mild hybrid engine and can properly seat four people. It all delivers a pretty special and rather different Grand Touring experience. There's a sense of class, quality and style here that makes this car unique at its price point.


2dr Coupe (3.0 petrol])


Back in 2018, it'd been a long time since we'd had a Mercedes E-Class that was a proper AMG-fettled serious driver's car but this, the Three-Pointed Star reckoned, was it, the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe. It wasn't the first Mercedes-AMG version of the fifth generation E-Class Coupe; this '53' variant directly replaced the previous E 43 4MATIC version of this model. That had a V6 engine and 367hp. Here though, you sense that Mercedes' Afalterbach luxury division got a lot more serious about developing this car. There was 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. The E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe sold until 2022.

What You Get

Visually, the 53-series model has a unique look. AMG-specific side sill panels deliver a more dynamic silhouette and there's a twin-blade radiator grille finished in silver chrome, previously a feature reserved only for the V8 Performance models. The front apron, which has an A-wing design, is equipped with black flics and a front splitter in silver chrome. The outer air intakes have two horizontal fins in silver chrome. At the rear, the classic round twin tailpipes are finished in high-gloss chrome and there's a body coloured spoiler on the boot lid, which was optionally available in carbon-fibre. Inside, there's a AMG-specific seat upholstery and red seat belts, plus trim elements in carbon fibre or a glass fibre and matt silver combination. The interior is rounded off with an AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, a tiller which offered individualisation options such as wood inserts in piano lacquer or DINAMICA microfibre in the grip area. As with an ordinary E-Class Coupe, you get a Widescreen Cockpit (two high-resolution 12.3-inch displays are merged under a single lens). But here, this set-up also includes a specific AMG menu. In the back, there's just about space for two adults to be reasonably comfortable - certainly far more than you'd get in a C-Class Coupe - or indeed a Lexus LC. As for the boot, well that's 425-litres in size. Should you want to carry longer items, the split-folding rear seat has two larger outer sections and a narrower middle portion that's ideal for pushing through skis or golf clubs.

What You Pay

Prices for the E 53 in C238-era Coupe form start at around £39,100 (around £43,750 retail), which gets you an '18-plate 'Premium'-trimmed model. If you'd prefer to stretch to the facelifted version, a '20-plate 'Premium'-trim E53 Coupe values from around £45,700 (around £52,250 retail), with a late '22-plate model valuing at around £55,100 (around £62,500 retail). Allow around £1,700 more for plusher 'Night Edition' trim. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

Check those huge, expensive-to-fix 19 or 20-inch AMG alloy wheels for scratches and nicks. We've also heard that the relay for the E 53's AIRMATIC air suspension system is prone to failure - that relay can get stuck in the off position, meaning that the compressor won't engage and the suspension won't drop the car towards the ground. And of course insist on a fully stamped-up service history. Otherwise, it's just the usual comments that apply to this C238-era E-Class design. Most owners in our survey were satisfied, whatever kind of version of the C238-era design they'd chosen, but inevitably, there were some who'd experienced problems. We came across a few owners who'd experienced failed NOx sensors - there are two that are a part of the selective catalytic reduction system. The cause is usually extreme exhaust heat and replacing the sensors isn't cheap. We also come across issues with brake judder and screeching, so look out for that on your test drive. And we've heard it reported that the body paint is rather thin and sensitive, so scratches and spots are common. Check the paintwork thoroughly. Some owners have reported failing LED light bulbs that illuminate the floor under the side door mirrors. Otherwise, it's the usual things here; interior trim and electrical issues were the most commonly afflicted things that came up. Check for uneven panel gaps and paint flaws. Inspect the electrics and the air conditioning functionality - it should blow our really chilled air.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2020 E53 4MATIC+ Coupe - Ex Vat) An air filter is around £26. An oil filter is around £13. A fuel filter is around £36. Front brake pads sit in the £86-£136 bracket for a set. Front brake discs for an E-Class cost in the £112-£127 bracket, but for proper Brembo discs appropriate to an E 53, you'll need a lot more; a set of rear Brembo discs for an E 53, for instance, will cost around £324. A set of wiper blades is around £42. An air filter is in the £39-£55. A pollen filter is in the £11-£54 bracket. A rear LED lamp is in the £238-£281 bracket.

On the Road

Previously, there was quite a gulf between the two engines that the Mercedes-AMG sub-brand used towards the end of this century's second decade for larger cars made by the Three-Pointed Star. These being the V6 '43' unit and the 'blood and thunder' 4.0-litre V8 of the ballistic '63'-series cars. Back in 2018, you still couldn't have an E-class Coupe (or for that matter, an E-Class cabriolet) with the V8 engine, but this E 53 model's in-line six cylinder 435hp unit delivered a lot of the performance that unit might have provided for this body style. 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 Coupe 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 Coupes 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 C 63 Coupe 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 addition of 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 Coupe. Rest to 62mph takes just 4.4s and the top speed has to be artificially restricted at 155mph. It's also a more rewarding thing than the other car in this category that used hybrid technology (albeit in full-hybrid rather than, as in this case, mild hybrid form), the Lexus LC 500h.


Do you really need a faster, more luxurious performance coupe than this? Probably not. That didn't prevent this E 53 Coupe 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 practical and reasonably spacious in the way a C 63 Coupe isn't. It's sharper to drive and much more affordable than a Lexus LC or a BMW 8 Series Coupe. And, thanks to 4MATIC AWD, AMG Ride Control and the AMG Speedshift gearbox, it feels more dynamic than any AMG-fettled E-Class Coupe before it. There's even a Cabriolet version if you want a more exclusive feel. 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 four-seat luxury coupe, then this one might be hard to ignore.

  • Magic Vision Control heated windscreen wiper system
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
  • Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen

  • Electric parking brake
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 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
  • Hill hold function

  • Floor mats with black leather edging red piping and AMG logo

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

  • Wireless charging

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Direct steering
  • Attention assist
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, sport, sport+ and Individual)
  • Active parking assist including front and rear parking sensors

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Remote boot release

  • Analogue clock
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Instrument cluster with AMG menu including RACETIMER and AMG start-up display
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • MBUX augumented reality for navigation
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Traffic sign assist

  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable
  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with red contrast stitching
  • AMG carbon fibre trim

  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • EQ Boost starter alternator

  • 2 USB ports in the rear
  • Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers and a 9 channel amplifier with total output of 590 watts
  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface and touchpad with control wheel

  • Black chrome plated twin tailpipe trim elements
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with "AMG" lettering
  • AMG performance exhaust system
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
  • High gloss black front apron
  • Pre-installation for roof rail systems
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Badging BITURBO 4MATIC+ lettering on front wings
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof
  • Visible two twin pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper
  • AMG bodystyling - front apron with distinctive air intakes and AMG rear apron with diffuser look
  • Arrow shaped wing signet in high-gloss black above 'BITURBO 4MATIC+' badging
  • Waistline strips in high gloss black
  • AMG specific grille with integrated star in high-gloss black and chrome and AMG lettering
  • High gloss black rear bumper with chrome trim

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

  • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system with 3 climate zones

  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Central stowage compartment with USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Start up display with AMG logo
  • Black roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Chrome door pins
  • 3-spoke flat bottom steering wheel in silver chrome trim with "AMG" lettering, aluminium gearshift paddles, 12 o'clock mark and Touch Control buttons
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel

  • Centre armrest and door handle illumination
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Front footwell lights
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights

  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class
  • Energizing comfort package - E Class Coupe/Cabriolet
  • Night package - E Class

  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front and rear window airbags
  • Red seat belts
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Head airbags
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Heated front seats
  • AMG sports seats
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Belt feeder driver and front passenger seat belt automatically positioned within easier reach

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

  • 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: 215
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • 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: 20
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 30.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 14.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.4

  • 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
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • 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 Ngt Ed Pre+
  • 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: 6100
  • 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): 4.4
  • 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 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2055
  • Height: 1430
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4866
  • Width: 1860
  • Wheelbase: 2873

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1970
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2425
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 425
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Loading Weight: 455
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.3

  • Active brake assist: Included

  • Blind spot assist: Included
  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter: Included

  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paintwork: £895

  • Driving assistance pack - E Class Coupe/Cabriolet: £1,695

  • Metallic - High tech silver: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £685
  • Metallic - Graphite grey: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Rubellite red: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

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

  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system: Included

  • Nappa leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Nappa leather - Black/Classic red: £0
  • Nappa leather - Black/Saddle brown: £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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