Mercedes-AMG E63 review – MPG and running costs

Huge V8-powered saloons that have the ability to outrun mid-engined sports cars are not cheap to run; the E63 is no different

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  • Incredible acceleration and pace, a strong engine, and really involving handling
  • E63 S ride is firm, expensive rear tyres won’t last long if you use Drift Mode

If you look at the E63 as a practical five-seat saloon or vast estate car, then it is not a cheap car to run. Think of it as a rapid, viciously accelerating missile of a car, which it is, then it’s amazingly cost-effective.

Officially, the big AMG on the new WLTP cycle is rated at 23.2mpg on a combined cycle. That’s a big drop from the 31mpg it was rated at under the previous NEDC cycle, making it clear how well-suited small-capacity turbocharged engines such as this were designed to be at flouting the testing cycle. The estate, which is 105kg heavier, is even less economical at 22.8mpg.

While on the subject of Drift Mode, if you’re going to partake in the sort of sideways shenanigans it encourages, you’re going to wear out the rear tyres rather quickly. A pair of 20-inch, 295-section, 30-profile Michelin Pilot 4 S tyres for the back wheels will set you back around £540. The 265/35 20 fronts are cheaper, around £488 a pair, but it’s unlikely you’ll need those quite as frequently

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