The Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and convertible lineups don’t have a true, monster AMG 63 model. With the Mercedes-AMG E 53, they don’t need one.
For anyone who follows Mercedes-Benz, it’s always been somewhat odd that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and convertible never offered a Mercedes-AMG E 63 variant. The AMG 63 is the top-of-the-line AMG model in most Mercedes vehicle lineups (we are putting the 65 aside here for a second) and it is found in the C-Class coupe and convertible, the S-Class coupe and convertible, the SL convertible, and the previous CLS. It was everywhere, except in the E-Class coupe and convertible lineups.
Well, at least now we get the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ and after spending a week with it, I have no longing whatsoever for more power. The E 53 is just fine and honestly, I didn’t expect to like the car as much as I did.
Power comes via a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six paired with a 48-volt light hybrid system called EQ Boost. Total output is rated at 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. The light hybrid system adds a 0.9-kWh battery between the engine and gearbox. You will notice its operation as soon as you press the push-button start, the E 53 coming to life with nary a sound like a pure electric vehicle. But how does it all work on the road and more importantly, is the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ good enough to buy?
Why You Should Buy a 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+
1. The design. Good lord is this thing beautiful. From gas station neighbors to other drivers on the highway, everyone notices the E 53. People come up to you, the gas station attendent tells you he needs to up his lottery game, and people stop and circle when it is parked. It is a truly beautiful car that could pass as a vehicle costing twice as much. The frameless windows are a special touch reminiscent of the former CL-Class.
2. It’s a coupe, but there is more space than you think. We have a four-month-old and had no issues installing the car seat or putting the stroller in the back. I’ve struggled with that stroller in some SUVs, but the E 53’s cargo area ate it up. The fact that you can lower the rear window done makes it easy to put a kid in a seat back there. Adults may find the rear seats a bit limiting, but that’s to be expected. What matters is the trunk and it can handle a lot more than you would imagine looking at the Mercedes-AMG E 53.
3. The performance is there. The engine accelerates without a hint of hesitation, and when you pop the E 53 into Sport or Sport+ mode, the exhaust crackles and pops like a true AMG car. I’m not sure how natural the sound is, but it doesn’t matter. It’s just as loud as a BMW M5, and a lot louder than an Audi S5 or S6.
4. Despite having over 400 horsepower, the E 53 ended our test week with an average fuel consumption rating of 10.2 litres per 100 kilometers. The EQ Boost does its job to perfection.
5. There are cars out there that define what a GT should be, and the E 53 is one of them. It has the performance and handling, but it also has the comfort and refinement. You can drive for hours in the E 53 and never tire. We didn’t get a chance to really test the 4Matic+ system, but we have no doubt the E 53 would be as competent in winter.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+
1. The E 53 has a starting price of $86,000 compared to $74,900 for the E 450 Coupe. The difference is significant and although the E 53 is faster (4.6 seconds to 100 km/h instead of 5.2 seconds) and louder, it’s not more comfortable nor it is more refined. Maybe you don’t need the extra performance and the sound is nice for a week, but you probably won’t put the car in Sport+ every day.
2. The E 53 is very comfortable most of the time, but it can be harsh on broken roads at lower speeds. More so than the E 450.
I think the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ is one of the most beautiful cars you can buy. I also think it’s worth every dollar over the E 450. It’s more spacious than it looks, it’s beautiful, and it has a personality. It’s as comfortable as anything in this segment, and you could even argue that the refinement of the E 53 makes the S-Class coupe less interesting. It’s a true GT, perfect for making a statement getting to and from work, enjoying a long drive on the highway, a winding road, and getting to the golf course on weekends. You can use it all year as well. It’s expensive, but it gives you your money’s worth.