Mercedes-AMG E63 review (2010-2017) – interior and tech

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

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

Like the car's exterior, the E63's cabin is now one of the older Mercedes-Benz living spaces. As such, it trades curved dashboard elements, jet intake-style round vents and large display screens for a more geometric appearance and traditional dour solidity.

It's hard to complain though - the layout of major controls is more or less perfect, with ample adjustment in seat and wheel to find a comfortable driving position. The seats look relatively flat but once ensconced seem to hold you in place, while side bolsters on the backrest can be electrically adjusted to hold your torso in place for more vigorous cornering.

Nappa leather trim is standard, as is an AMG Performance three-spoke steering wheel. The elements you hold are swathed in Alcantara. Like other AMG models, gear selection is not by a column-mounted stalk but a neatly sculpted lever between the seats, embossed with the AMG crest. Brushed stainless steel sill plates, aluminium gearshift paddles and AMG instruments further differentiate E63s from their less brawny alternatives.

 

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