2020 Mercedes-AMG E53 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures


The Mercedes-AMG E53 is a success story in multiple personalities. The E53 is available in three body types: sedan, coupe, convertible, and a turbocharged six-cylinder engine with electric assist. This powertrain is smooth and efficient. It also sends 429 horsepower through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The inline-six might be too gentle for some to put the AMG label on, but it’s our favorite. The engine is surrounded by a luxurious cabin that has been lavished with high-quality materials, semi-autonomous driving capabilities, and massaging seats. All this is supported by a standard air suspension, which adjusts to suit the driving conditions. The E53 is one of the most impressive cars on the market. We highly recommend it if you have the money.

What’s new for 2020?

Mercedes-AMG has very little to improve on, so it is keeping 2020 changes simple. Mercedes-AMG’s E53 and other AMG models get an Emotion Start feature that causes the vehicle to emit a more loud exhaust note upon startup. The drive modes now include a Slippery mode and illuminated doorsills. Two new performance steering wheels with matte fiberglass trim and buttons to adjust drive modes are now optional.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

The E53 is a unique combination of the E63’s snorting E63, and the E450’s gentle E450. For those who are more concerned with pure performance, we would choose the cabriolet. Most options are unnecessary with the standard air suspension, 12.3 inch digital instrument panel and all-wheel-drive. We would pay $92,760 to have our way with color selection and premium add-ons like cabin-fragrance, massaging front seats, and performance exhaust. Although it is a high price, we are confident that you will find a better package for the same money.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

The E53’s engine is very well-managed at both idle and cruising speeds. The E53’s quick response to throttle inputs and virtually no turbo lag impressed us most. Eco and Comfort, as their names suggest, are best for efficiency and relaxation. Sport and Sport+, on the other hand, activate more aggressive throttle response and transmission characteristics. They also emit a louder exhaust note. The paddle shifters at the steering wheel allow for manual shifting of the gears. The E53 coupe was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

Standard air suspension allows for the seamless transition from twisty-road demon into comfortable freeway cruiser. The sedan’s road-damping attitude is subtly altered by switching between drive modes. However, it doesn’t become too punishing or pillowy. As with all other dynamics, the steering is crisp, responsive, and well balanced. It blends feedback and precision.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

Each model is rated at 28 mpg on the highway. However, the EPA expects that the convertible will be 2 mpg less efficient. We haven’t had the opportunity to test any E53 variants yet on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test loop so we cannot speak to their accuracy. You should also consider how concerned you can be about fuel economy if you are buying a 429-hp performance vehicle.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The E53 is a top-rated aircraft for its interior quality and ability to make passengers feel like they are in a high-end Paris pastry shop. A selection of standard and optional features complete the sporty, elegant cabin. Although the standard interior is very fancy, those with deep pockets can enhance their experience by adding exotic wood trims, fragrance atomizers and massaging front seats. Although flashy red seatbelts come as standard, they can be swapped for black belts at no cost. We would opt to do so. We were most annoyed by the column shifter. It is difficult to use, feels fragile, and looks strange in a sports sedan.

The E53 sedan’s trunk volume is the smallest among all its rivals. However, we were able to fit five bags in it with the rear seats up. Convertible and coupe models are less practical. The interior storage space is much more spacious than competitors, thanks to a large underfloor trunk and a comfortable center console.

Infotainment & Connectivity

While digital instrumentation is the norm for this class, the E53’s stunning dual-screen setup would have impressed Steve Jobs. Standard features include a 12.3-inch wide screen instrument cluster, wireless charging, and a Burmester surround-sound system.


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