Mercedes E 63 AMG Estate (2010 – ) first UK drive – Auto Trader UK

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Mercedes E 63 AMG

Mercedes E 63 AMG

Estate (2010 #8211; ) first UK drive

Friday 04 June 2010

The Mercedes E 63 AMG Estate has one of the most pronounced split personalities of any car currently on the market.

On the one hand, the E 63 Estate is an eminently practical load lugger, with a gargantuan 695-litre boot and space for five; but on the other its 6.3-litre V8 delivers a thumping 525bhp punch.

Don’t think that Mercedes has built a car that’s a niche too far – its insiders say the Mercedes E 63 AMG Estate will eventually sell more than the more E 63 AMG saloon.

And it’s not too much of a push to believe it. After all, other scorching German estates include the BMW M5 Touring and Audi RS6 Avant – the latter packs a Lamborghini engine under its bonnet and is capable of beating the V8-engined Audi R8 supercar to 62mph.

Luckily given this stiff competition, the E 63 AMG Estate can dance as well as the saloon, despite the added girth the big boot brings. It has steel front suspension, but the rear is air-sprung with AMG’s Ride Control system which adjusts the setup for the optimum ride.

Epic high speed cruiser

Three modes are available, with the softest setting making the E 63 an epic high speed cruiser, with the firmer settings making it able to provide huge driver involvement.

On the move the steering is light, in a big executive car sort of way, but when the pace picks up it feels meatier and sports car sharp. It’s a car you could happily drive to the Nurburgring, put in a few hot laps and drive home again. After a tyre change of course#8230;

And that’s because like the E 63 AMG Saloon, the Estate packs a 6.3-litre V8 which is tuned to produce 575bhp and 465lb/ft of torque – plenty to spin the wheels if you’re brave enough to turn the ESP through its sports setting to the off position.

We left the ESP on during our test route, but three-quarter throttle was still enough to bother the ESP and get the warning light flashing,

Less than five seconds to 60mph

Assuming the ESP is engaged, or you’re a talented enough driver to get the car off the line without smoking its tyres, it’ll reach 62mph in 4.6 seconds – 0.1 seconds slower than the saloon, before hitting a limited 155mph maximum.

Like all AMG models, the E 63 has a soundtrack that’s straight from the drag race scene – bassy, loud and raspy under full throttle, but reasonably civilised at a cruising pace.

The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox which features three modes, throttle blips on downshifts and launch control. It is, in practice, one of the most intelligent gearboxes on the market, with predictable shifts at the correct times.

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The biggest 155mph boot?

Like the saloon, the estate has plenty of equipment – it should too, given its £74,400 asking price – but offers so much more space. The boot measures almost 700 litres, and with a flat floor and low sills, makes the best use of this room.

There’s more than enough space for a family of five, and rear legroom is excellent.

Naturally running costs will be just as big – aside from the £75k price tag, there are CO2 emissions of 299g/km; insurance will be steep, as will fuel bills – and expect the official 22mpg average to drop considerably if you abuse the throttle. Replacement tyres for the wide 18-inch alloys won’t come cheap either.

But if your pockets are deep enough, the Mercedes E 63 AMG Estate is all the car you could ever need, with searing performance, masses of space and comfort aplenty. And it looks pretty good too.

Key facts:

Model tested: Mercedes E 63 AMG Estate

On the road price: £73,855

Price range: £29,785 #8211; £73,855

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