2020 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan evaluation: Silky-smooth efficiency

Name it AMG Lite.

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While you consider an AMG E-Class, the superhot E63 seemingly involves thoughts — particularly the wagon. However AMG is not all about ridiculous energy nowadays, and this E53 sedan exhibits the softer facet of Mercedes’ efficiency arm.

LikeSmooth energy deliveryNicely appointed interiorExcellent driver-assistance options

Do not LikeA little too quiet for an AMG powertrainMany rivals supply extra energy

AMG energy with mild-hybrid enhance

It undoubtedly seems the half, a minimum of, particularly with the Selenite Gray Magno paint of my check automotive. It seems matte in pictures, however there’s simply sufficient sparkle to catch the solar. It is a $3,950 upcharge however rattling, does it look good. Huge, 20-inch wheels and quad exhaust suggestions drive residence the efficiency nature, too.

The E53 makes use of AMG’s 3.0-liter turbo I6 engine, which by itself makes 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. However this engine additionally makes use of 48-volt mild-hybrid tech, which might add an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft into the combination for preliminary acceleration, and it means the automotive’s cease/begin system is rather a lot smoother. A nine-speed computerized transmission sends energy to the bottom by way of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Maybe essentially the most pleasurable side of the AMG E53 is its {smooth} energy supply. It is not simply {smooth} as silk, it is {smooth} as mulberry silk in a charmeuse weave. On the freeway the nine-speed computerized does its factor within the background, and if you choose Eco mode, the EQ Increase mild-hybrid system permits “crusing,” as Mercedes-Benz calls it, the place the engine can flip off.

The mild-hybrid’s supplemental efficiency is sweet, but it surely additionally helps with gas financial system. Mercedes-Benz says the AMG E53 sedan ought to return 21 miles per gallon metropolis, 28 mpg freeway and 24 mpg mixed.

Commuters will dig the driver-assistance tech provided within the E53. All of it prices an additional $2,250, although, which is sort of loopy contemplating this sedan begins at $74,795 together with $995 for vacation spot. The adaptive cruise management with hands-on steering help is nice, maintaining the E53 within the heart of the lane with a minimal of pingponging back and forth. The lane-change help is a little bit a lot (do individuals actually have a tough time doing this?), however nonetheless works properly. A route-based pace adaptation function reduces the pace if I cross right into a slower zone and also will alter for upcoming curves within the highway. All of it works nice.

The E53 additionally shines on winding roads. In Sport mode the transmission is fairly energetic, but it surely will not downshift on braking, leaving me ready for extra energy once I come out of a flip. Deciding on Sport Plus does not actually treatment this example, both. The transmissions in each the AMG CLA35 and the gargantuan AMG GLS63 I lately examined might learn my thoughts, so I suppose I anticipate extra from this E53. The excellent news is that there are paddle shifters, so I can override the transmission’s actions every time I would like.

There are every kind of how to dial within the automotive because of the AMG steering wheel controls. Not solely can I simply swap to guide shifting, I may also set my suspension to Consolation, Sport or Sport Plus individually from the chosen drive mode. So if I would like the steering really feel of Sport Plus, however a little bit of a softer trip, I can do this. Heck, I may even make the exhaust a bit louder. It’s also possible to set an Particular person mode, however primarily each mode could be a person mode with all these totally different parameters at my fingertips. The E53’s 14.6-inch entrance and 14.2-inch rear brakes gradual the automotive confidently, and the well-sorted chassis and all-wheel-drive grip do not get upset over whoopy, uneven pavement.

The inside is one tech replace away from perfection.

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Elegant inside with older tech

The present E53’s in-dash tech is a bit dated, however there is a new model on the horizon, so I am not too frightened. For 2020, the E-Class rocks Mercedes’ outdated COMAND infotainment, which is okay, however doesn’t examine to the newest MBUX system that’s slowly being applied throughout the corporate’s lineup. Housed on a 12.3-inch display screen, COMAND is plagued by menus and submenus and is simply general not very comfy to make use of. I can management the system by voice, the touchpad on the middle console or the thumbpads on the steering wheel, however not like MBUX, this display screen does not reply to the touch. There are additionally shortcut buttons on the middle stack for navigation, radio, media and cellphone. The system works nice, however the studying curve is steep.

I’m a agency subscriber to the Mercedes inside aesthetic and the story does not change within the E53. My tester has non-obligatory black Nappa leather-based inside contrasting pink stitching and seat belts for a pleasant pop of coloration. I’m very right here for the spherical air vents in addition to the suede steering wheel with a prime dead-center marking. It is an all-around very engaging bundle.

The trunk has 13.1 cubic toes house, a lot smaller than the 18.7 cubes within the BMW 5 Collection and slightly below the 13.7 cubes within the Audi A6. There’s additionally loads of space for storing contained in the automotive, together with a slot in your cellphone in entrance of the 2 cup holders, although it is a little bit arduous to suit you probably have a beverage in there, too.

With the motive force’s seat set for my 5-foot, 9-inch peak, I nonetheless have a minimum of Three inches of knee room within the again seat, and there may be loads of headroom, even with my puffy pandemic haircut. Nonetheless, there are not any USB ports for rear-seat passengers. Only a 12-volt outlet and a conventional 115-volt socket.

Selenite Gray Magno paint is a $3,950 choice.

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Wait till subsequent 12 months

My check automotive is loaded as much as $97,730 together with vacation spot, however go simple on the choices and you may get a properly outfitted E53 within the low-to-mid-$80,00Zero vary. The Audi S6 is the Mercedes’ closest competitor by way of energy and worth, although you can additionally snag a V8-powered Genesis G80 for about $13,00 much less (earlier than the brand new one arrives, anyway). Neither of these gives electrical help, nonetheless.

The E53 is an expensive sedan that dips its toes within the efficiency pool somewhat than diving into the deep finish. And since Mercedes-Benz is not planning to shake up that formulation an excessive amount of sooner or later, my suggestion is to attend for the up to date 2021 mannequin to reach, since it will pack the identical efficiency with even higher in-car tech.

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