Some marques are renowned for performance, others for value and some are… well better forgotten. In the case of the famous German marque Mercedes-AMG, the brand name brings to mind speed and quality. In this case, the new car for this month’s ‘Something for the Weekend’ for April 2018 is the Mercedes-AMG e 53 4MATIC+. Whilst we prefer estate, we certainly wouldn’t turn our noses up at the saloon either.
AMG’s new 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine with EQ Boost technology powers the car. The engine generates 435 hp and 520 Nm of torque, with an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm thanks to the EQ Boost system.
The EQ Boost starter-alternator, fitted between the engine and transmission, aims to enhance driving performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. It can deliver up to 32.5 mpg on the combined cycle, and emits 200 g/km. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and can travel from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
An AMG Speedshift 9 gear ultra smooth TCT transmission is fitted as standard, meaning that gear changes are lightning fast. The E 53 comes as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels; AMG performance exhaust; AMG Ride Control suspension, based on Air Body Control air suspension; AMG Dynamic Select with a choice of driving modes; Comand Online including a 12.3-inch infotainment display; 12.3-inch cockpit display; Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System; Nappa leather upholstery in black with red contrast stitching; wireless phone charging; parking package with 360° camera; and memory package, including electrically adjustable front seats and steering column.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate are now on sale with prices starting from £61,835 for the Saloon. The Estate is available from £63,835. Do we like it? We love it. If you’re happy to put up the cash, this is the type of car that is hard to detract from. Pace, space and economy (at least in terms of the performance on offer). What’s not to like?