Mercedes-AMG E63 review (2010-2017) – ride and handling

A hugely compelling fast saloon and estate. The engine delivers a knockout punch but the chassis can't quite match an M5

Evo rating
Price
from £74,715
  • Effortless power, intuitive and approachable
  • A little lacking in originality, hesitant automatic gearbox

Despite the huge power at its disposal, the E63, even in S form, is intuitive and approachable. Its steering has a natural weighting and the front axle’s dart for the apex is proportional to the steering input.

There’s turn-in bite too, but enough traction to give you confidence as you feed in power on the corner exit. There’s good balance and plenty of grip at both axles, so you can lean on the car much harder than you might expect.

It’s also surprisingly agile for a car on the far side of 1800kg, even if that agility isn’t matched by particularly sharp throttle response, regardless of the driving mode you choose. The slightly lazy feel actually suits the car’s ‘executive express’ vibe, but does mean you have to use quite some throttle travel to bring the rear axle into play.

That isn’t an issue for the E63 S 4MATIC, though. With all-wheel drive, it’s hugely effective at covering ground. Unfortunately, it’s also limited to markets outside the UK – but you can read our first drive review here.

 

Most Popular

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better
Mercedes S-class – front tracking
Mercedes

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better

It may be slipping out of fashion, but the institution that is Mercedes’ S-class is only getting stronger
22 Jul 2021
Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110

Lotus's first all-new car for a quarter of a century comes AMG power and sub-£60,000 price tag
13 Jul 2021
New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback – front tracking
Audi RS3

New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster

After months of tech insights, we now finally get to see the all-new Audi RS3 in its finished form
19 Jul 2021