2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon (5.5L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 7-speed Automatic)
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The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is back with more power than ever, particularly the S Wagon, the twin-turbo V8 of which makes 577 hp. While the car boasts super-sports-car acceleration and impressive handling numbers, the now-standard all-wheel drive has diminished some of the old E63 fun factor.
PerformancePerformance is what an AMG car is all about. And the E63 doesn't disappoint, with startling all-wheel drive acceleration thanks to 590 lb-ft of torque. Considering that this is a big, heavy station wagon, the back-road handling is also shocking.
The E63 AMG is a beast, in a good way. With 577 hp from the uprated 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, it hits 60 mph in 4.0 seconds thanks to a quick-shifting 7-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Sticky tires and big brakes helped the E63 Wagon stop in a stable 107 feet from 60 mph. Unlike some cars with powerful brakes, the E63 didn't exhibit an overly touchy action around town.
In normal driving, the steering is overly light and disconnected, though it firms up a touch when the adjustable suspension is set to its stiffest mode. Still, a step back from the previous E63.
Considering that the E63 Wagon weighs more than 4,700 pounds, it was thoroughly impressive at our test track and on curvy back roads, with great grip and minimal body roll.
We like the effortless power and the smooth transmission, but the auto start/stop system has more delay than some, the throttle can be a bit on the jumpy side and the light steering is disconcerting.
ComfortThis is not the most comfortable Mercedes ever built. Even though it's a wagon, this car was built for going fast in a straight line and around curves. So the ride is stiff. It's not exactly quiet, either, but we'd call it a "good loud."
Wide, comfortable front seats with excellent lateral support and supple leather, but the standard seat cooling could be stronger. Rear seat rake is perfect. Armrests are hard.
Even with three-way driver-adjustable suspension, the E63 feels stiff most of the time. On the highway it can get a case of the jiggles. Not the cushy ride most expect from Mercedes, but not as bad as a Black Series.
The rumbly exhaust is always there. Enthusiasts will love it. At full throttle the symphony of sounds is glorious. Wind noise is well suppressed, but the tires thump quite a bit.
InteriorWe found a few ergonomic gripes with the E63, but in general the interior is well-made and well thought out. And because it's a wagon, it has more cargo room than most sedans.
"All buttons and knobs are thoughtfully placed, particularly the single COMAND dial that rests perfectly under your armrest hand. The display is sharp and easy to navigate. Alcantara wheel is outstanding. "
The large front doors open wide with no ducking needed to get in. You will rub against seatback bolsters, though. Large rear doors and tall roof make getting into the back easy.
Plenty of front head room, good knee room and nice elbow room on both sides. There's gobs of rear head room, good elbow room and decent knee and foot room. Disappointing that there's no third-row jump seat in the AMG wagon anymore.
Lane-change-blocking B-pillar on driver's side, but the rest of the view is good with lots of windows and small pillars. Large rear window and standard backup camera. Side mirrors are very small; blind spot monitoring is optional.
Door pockets are small but deep. Nice anti-tip cupholders. Power hatch opens to 15.9 cu-ft of cargo room. Rear seats have a cool automatic drop-down. Nice low liftover height.
ValueAt its $103,295 base price maybe items like radar cruise control and active blind-spot assist should come standard. But it's hard to put a price on this kind of power and performance, not to mention the fantastic interior.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Though our tester had a minor dash squeak, this car is superbly built. Everything is solid, even the paddle shifters have a quality heft. Cool AMG engravings in the leather shifter and headrests.
The E63 Wagon comes with a rearview camera, power sunroof, heated/vented front seats (driver's seat with massage), navigation and Bluetooth at its $103,295 base price. And 577 hp.
Our tester had black AMG wheels, rear side airbags, radar cruise control, blind-spot assist and lane-keeping assist for a total price of $107,265. The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon starts at $65,410.
EPA fuel economy is decent for the class, at 17 mpg Combined (15 City/21 Highway). We averaged a fairly pathetic 15.6 mpg, although the E63 did manage 18.8 mpg on our 116-mile Edmunds test loop.
Both the basic warranty and drivetrain are covered for 4 years/50,000 miles, which is average for this class and identical to BMW. Cadillac covers their drivetrain for 6 years/70,000 miles.
24-hour roadside assistance comes standard. The E63 does not come with a free maintenance program, but BMW and Cadillac offer it for 4 years/50,000 miles.
Fun To DriveThe power and speed of this wagon are amazing. With paddle shifters, adjustable suspension and superb handling, this car has enormous capabilities. But adding all-wheel drive to compensate for the extra power has taken away some of the fun.
The E63 sounds awesome. You can blow the doors off unsuspecting sports cars in a straight line and on mountain roads. It's also a nice place to spend time, due to the quality interior.
With that burbly exhaust and twin-turbo V8 at your disposal, yeah, you could say this thing has some personality. It's mean, yet it can just as easily cart the kids around town.
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