2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ Pros
- Incredible performance and sound
- Not a bad highway car either
- As versatile as you expect it to be
2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ Cons
- Not as comfy as an Audi RS 6 Avant
- Can be a bit too rough around the edges
- Not the cool kid on the block anymore
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ is the poster car for the Save the Wagons movement, an exceptional performer with an exhaust tune worthy of an exotic car, all with over 1,800 litres (64 cu.ft.) of total cargo space. It’s the rebel in a world of sport utility vehicles, and one of the coolest cars around in the eyes of enthusiasts. But now that it has an actual direct competitor in North America in the form of the Audi RS 6 Avant, is the AMG wagon still as appealing?
Yes, it is. The E 63 S 4Matic+ is a fantastic performer that happens to offer nearly as much cargo space as a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, but with sharper driving dynamics, a lower centre of gravity, and even quicker accelerations. It is perfect for buyers who actually like to drive and who hate the idea of owning an SUV despite needing the versatility utility vehicles provide. The difference between the E 63 S and any high-performance SUV in terms of agility and handling is noticeable, despite the fact that the wagon isn’t exactly a small car.
Exceptional performance, even better sound
Still, it winds around corners with exceptional stability, giving the driver the impression that he or she is behind the wheel of a much smaller car. And once the corner straightens out, the explosive rumble of the twin-turbo V8 as it climbs in revs is enough to give any die-hard car enthusiast goosebumps. The 4.0-litre powertrain unleashes its 603 horsepower with a ferocious roar, dropping a soundtrack that the Audi RS 6 Avant with its stock exhaust can only dream of.
Yes, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ wagon is louder than the RS 6 Avant and sounds better too, but it is also louder than the GLE or any other Mercedes-AMG with this powertrain. Heck, it’s even louder than a BMW M5 Competition, which is saying something. It’s not loud all the time, however, which is nice. It really depends on which driving mode you select. Tuned to Comfort mode, the E 63 S wagon is actually quite compliant, although there is a harshness to the suspension that you can’t quite filter out. Then there’s the tire noise which never goes away and can get annoying on long highway drives when there isn’t a set of twisties to distract you.
The Audi RS 6 Avant is more comfortable, no question about it. The Audi doesn’t sound as good, however, and it’s certainly as quick as the Mercedes-AMG wagon. The latter reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, although it feels even quicker.
Just How Versatile is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ Wagon?
I’ve always been a fan of the E 63 S 4Matic+, especially the wagon. My interest peaked in recent years after becoming a father which brings with it the need for ample cargo space, more so than I ever could have imagined to be honest. I’ve found myself becoming a fan of full-size SUVs of the GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade variety, simply because of how easy they make transporting a child and her gear.
The E 63 S Wagon being the quintessential daddy (or mommy) wagon, I focused part of my evaluation on just how easy it was to use as a family vehicle. For starters, the low cargo floor makes putting strollers and bags in the trunk a lot easier than your typical SUV. Moreover, there really is a lot of cargo space in the back of the E 63 S 4Matic+ wagon. It does better than most compact SUVs and is on par with many midsize SUVs including the GLE as noted previously.
On the other hand, the rear seats are slightly cramped, and you will need to move the passenger seat forward if you have a child seat in the back. And once that child becomes a teenager, the rear seats probably won’t be their favorite spot.
So ultimately, the E 63 S wagon delivers SUV-like cargo space, but it can’t match a sport utility vehicle in terms of rear seat space. The Audi RS6 Avant actually does a little better in that regard. On the other hand, the Mercedes-AMG wagon is an exceptional performer, a true performance car with a true performance exhaust, and still one of the most desirable cars on the road.