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The improved Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe offers something rather special. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe was first launched in 2019, then lightly updated a year later to create the car we're going to look at here. The E 53 wasn't the first Mercedes-AMG version of the current generation E-Class Coupe; this '53' variant directly replaced an E 43 4MATIC version of this model, which had a V6 engine and 367hp. Here though, you sense that Mercedes' Afalterbach luxury division got itself a lot more serious about developing this car. The switch to 'E 53' status saw a change to inline six cylinder power and a power hike to 435hp at the same time as this E-Class variant future-proofed itself with a switch to mild hybrid technology. Add in the smarter exterior look and higher quality cabin that came with this model's mid-2020 upgrade and potentially, you've got quick a desirable performance package. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Before this E 53 model's mild hybrid in line six cylinder powerplant arrived in 2019, there was quite a gulf between the two engines that the Mercedes-AMG sub-brand used for its larger cars. These being the V6 '43' unit and the 'blood and thunder' 4.0-litre V8 of the ballistic '63'-series cars. You still can't have an E-class Coupe (or for that matter, an E-Class Cabriolet) with the V8 engine, but this E 53 model's in-line six cylinder 435hp unit delivers a lot of the performance that unit might provide for this body style. Together with a vastly more acceptable set of running costs thanks to the newly integrated mild hybrid tech. But you don't want to know about all that - not in this section anyway. You want to know how fast this E 53 Coupe goes and whether it's just a bit of a boat that goes very fast in a straight line but can't do a lot else. As has been the case with AMG-engined E-Class Coupes of the past. Well it isn't that. Come to this car and expect it to have the scalpel-sharp handling responses of a similarly priced but slightly smaller C 63 Coupe and you'll be disappointed. But it's more everyday-usable than one of those thanks to an AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes system and the addition of AMG RIDE CONTROL version of the Mercedes AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension system. Plus there's 4MATIC+ AWD, a 9-speed AMG Speedshift TCT paddleshift auto gearbox and an AMG Performance exhaust for an authentic sportscar soundtrack. It all makes this car certainly quite dynamic enough to take on a direct class rival like a BMW M850i Coupe. Rest to 62mph takes just 4.4s and the top speed has to be artificially restricted at 155mph. It's also a more rewarding thing than the other car in this category that uses hybrid technology (albeit in full-hybrid rather than, as in this case, mild hybrid form), the Lexus LC 500h.

Design and Build

This revised E 53 Coupe model gets a revised AMG-specific grille with twelve vertical louvres. Plus there's a redesigned front splitter, this all creating a look intended to bring the appearance of this car into line with the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Visually, the '53' certainly stands out from lesser E-Class Coupes. The A-shaped design of the front, which becomes broader towards the bottom, and the flatter, sharper-cut all-LED headlamps create an especially powerful impression. The powerdomes on the bonnet also contribute to this effect. In the centre section the front apron is drawn high into an A shape, creating a further large air inlet grille with five vertical struts. The wheels are also revised - 19-inchers as standard and 20-imch rims available on request. Slip behind the wheel and if you're familiar with the pre-facelift version of this model, the main change you'll notice might well be the new AMG Performance steering wheel, which has more responsive touch-sensitive buttons. The front of the cabin is now dominated by a couple of 12.3-inch screens, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment functions. What's really different though, is the fact that these monitors now work with the brand's latest MBUX interface, which means that you get far more sophisticated "Hey Mercedes" voice control and a lower touch-sensitive pad to replace the previous click wheel controller. As before, it does of course all feel suitably premium, with leather-covered doors, subtle ambient lighting, AMG-specific seat upholstery and red seat belts, plus trim elements in carbon fibre or a glass fibre and matt silver combination. The rear seat offers more space than any other Coupe in the segment - this really is almost a proper adult 4-seater. But the 425-litre boot is surpassed in size by rivals. Should you want to carry longer items, the split-folding rear seat has two larger outer sections and a narrower middle portion that's ideal for pushing through skis or golf clubs.

Market and Model

The E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe comes in two levels of trim, with prices that are pitched at around £67,000 for the standard 'Premium' version and around £70,000 for the plusher 'Premium Plus' variant. You can also get a Cabriolet version of this car at a premium of just under £5,000 more. As you'd expect for that kind of money, equipment levels are generous. As well as AMG Body styling, you get 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, AMG Ride Control damping with AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension and an AMG Performance exhaust system Inside, the nappa leather sports seats are power-operated and fitted out with red belts and a memory package. There's also the Mercedes 'Widescreen Cockpit' screen package that bonds together a 12.3-inch MBUX centre-dash infotainment screen with a digital instrument cluster layout of the same size. In addition, there's a wireless charging mat and black open-pore ash wood trim. Stretch to 'Premium Plus' trim and Mercedes will give you larger 20-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels, a panoramic glass sunroof, rear privacy glass and a 13-speaker 590-watt 9-channel Burmester surround sound system.

Cost of Ownership

The E 53's engine is embellished with a bit of mild hybrid tech based which sees an EQ Boost starter-alternator motor mounted between the engine and the 9-speed gearbox. It's a key component of the 48-Volt on-board electrical system. The mild hybrid system adds another 16kW (or around 20hp) of boost to the total power output and 250Nm of extra torque and has been designed for maximum energy recuperation and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine with the start/stop function. There's also a gliding mode that disconnects the engine from the gearbox at a cruise. This powertrain also incorporates an exhaust gas after-treatment system mounted near the engine and a standard-fit particulate filter, the only part of the exhaust system that's under the floor. You shouldn't get your hopes up to much for the difference all this will make; the WLTP combined cycle fuel reading is 31.4mpg and the WLTP-rated CO2 return is up to 198g/km. To put that into perspective, the full-hybrid model in this segment, the Lexus LC 500h, manages 42.8mpg and 150g/km. But it's considerably better than the readings you'd get from a V8-powered C 63 Coupe model that wouldn't actually take you very much faster; that car can only manage 28.0mpg and 230g/km.

Summary

Do you really need a faster, more luxurious performance coupe than this? Probably not. That won't prevent this E 53 Coupe from being a super-rare sight on our roads though. But if you're fortunate enough to be considering one, that'll be all part of the appeal. It's practical and reasonably spacious in the way a C 63 Coupe isn't. It's sharper to drive and much more affordable than a Lexus LC or a BMW 8 Series Coupe. And, thanks to 4MATIC AWD, AMG Ride Control and the AMG Speedshift gearbox, it feels more dynamic than any AMG-fettled E-Class Coupe before it. There's even a Cabriolet version if you want a more exclusive feel. You could spend twice as much as Mercedes is asking here and not really better what this car can offer in terms of performance, dynamic ability, luxury and even exclusivity. If you don't feel the need to and find yourself in the market for a very quick, very plush four-seat luxury coupe, then this one might be hard to ignore.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency32.10mpg
Emissions
Emissions214.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Active parking assist including front and rear parking sensors
  • Analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • COMAND online HDD navigation with Radio/Media interface, linguatronic + smartphone integration/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and 12.3" Cockpit display
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Direct steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Touchpad with control wheel
  • Wireless charging

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 66 litre fuel tank

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • Audio 20 with USB, touchpad and control wheel with Media Interface with Bluetooth interface and hands-free function
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Media interface
  • USB/aux-in in centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons, side skirts
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
  • AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Magic Vision Control heated windscreen wiper system
  • Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Pre-installation for roof rail systems
  • Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Rear LED lights
  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper

Interior Features

  • 3-spoke flat bottom multifunction AMG steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints and 2 way rear head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Automatic two zone climate control
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Belt feeder driver and front passenger seat belt automatically positioned within easier reach
  • Black roof lining
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console
  • Centre armrest and door handle illumination
  • Chrome door pins
  • Easy entry seats
  • Floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
  • Front footwell lights
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Heated front seats
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Multi contour front sports seats
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Storage net in luggage compartment
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Twin front cupholders

Packs

  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class

Passive Safety

  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Crash sensor (auto door unlocking)
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front and rear window airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Head airbags
  • Hill hold function
  • Perforated front brake discs with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Keyless entry go starting function

Trim

  • Black open pore ash wood
  • Open pore black ash wood centre console

Wheels

  • Run flat tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    202
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    70
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    203

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2996
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    88
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    82.1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    32.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    41.5
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    23
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    14.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    9.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    19.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    29.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    367
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4Matic
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    45E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    367
  • Engine Power - KW
    270
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1800
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    Second Act

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1431
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4846
  • Wheelbase
    2873
  • Width
    1860
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2065

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2365
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    425
  • Max. Loading Weight
    505
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1860
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.61
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