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Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ overview, check drive | Autocar India

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There may not be a V8 to boast about, however the E 53 doesn’t maintain again in the case of efficiency.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+: What’s it?

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ could not boast of the mighty AMG V8 that its E 63 sibling does, nonetheless, don’t for a second assume that it doesn’t should bear the ‘AMG’ badge. The three.0-litre, in-line-six turbo-petrol engine is nothing wanting sensible. Churning out 435hp and 520Nm, and mated to a 9-speed computerized gearbox that sends energy to all 4 wheels, the efficiency ranges of the E 53 are reasonably spectacular. Going from 0-100kph takes simply 4.7sec, and that’s with out being outfitted with launch management.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+: What’s it prefer to drive?

Nevertheless, greater than the numbers, it’s the driving expertise that highlights how good the engine is. Energy supply is linear, fast and impressively robust, because of the EQ Enhance system that briefly offers an extra 22hp and 250Nm of torque throughout laborious acceleration by way of the starter-alternator. The system thus negates any type of turbo lag within the decrease finish of the facility band and makes for a seamless surge forward. It additionally feeds the 48V on-board electrical system that operates a lot of the engine equipment, and meaning the engine is totally beltless.

Straight-six engine additionally will get EQ Enhance with additional 22hp.

Harnessing the facility isn’t a problem the E 53 loses to, squeeze your proper foot, and as an alternative of squabbling in tyre smoke, this AMG darts forward with great grip. The 4MATIC+ may be a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, however it may ship energy the place it’s wanted. 

What’s additionally good is that, in contrast to the larger E 63 S, the E 53 has a break up persona. Within the metropolis, ambling about, it seems like some other properly kitted-out Mercedes. The engine is calm, the exhaust is subdued, and the cabin properly insulated. Nevertheless, choose Sport+ and it transforms into one thing utterly totally different. The exhaust will get throaty, the entire automobile hunkers all the way down to its lowest experience top and the powertrain turns into much more responsive. It shifts from Mercedes to AMG on the contact of a button. That is the mode you’d wish to thrill your senses. The sportscar really feel, exhaust cracking and popping as you carry off, and the implausible sense of velocity and management. 

Talking of the exhaust notice, not having a V8 isn’t a handicap in the case of aural efficiency. It’s raspy and, because the velocity features, it elevates just a few notches up. Add to that the pops and crackles and tunnels are an absolute delight.

Adjustable experience top is a large plus on our unhealthy roads.

Additionally value mentioning is how extremely responsive the 9-speed gearbox is. Shifts are clean, however fast, and you’ll go for a totally guide mode that provides you whole management over the gearbox. What’s one other big boon to have is the carry system for the suspension. This implies you possibly can elevate the E 53 and clear greater bumps. The agency experience high quality is anticipated on an AMG, however in ‘Consolation’ mode, the bumps aren’t as harsh as you’ll think about. Dealing with is spectacular, because of the sharp and direct steering, and physique management is nice too, with the E 53 sitting tight on a set of twisties. That stated, it may’t masks the scale and bulk, nor does it shrink round you. It’s a correct massive boy this.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+: What’s it like inside?

 

No racy carbon fibre right here, however you do get top-notch luxurious.

However, it’s the duality of its character that’s most spectacular. For all of the efficiency that you simply get, you don’t miss out on any of the luxurious. You don’t get a spec of carbon-fibre on it and despite the fact that there may be crimson stitching across the cabin with sporty wanting crimson seat belts, it’s nonetheless extra Mercedes than AMG. The twin screens, a mix of piano black and brushed aluminum on the dashboard and the spectacular options checklist level to this being an E-Class first. Nonetheless, you get AMG bits just like the ‘Observe Tempo’ features within the MBUX that assist you to be your personal race director. You possibly can select between drag race, circuit race and even time your self, and see the information proper in entrance of you. All of it feels gimmicky on the highway, however get it into the best setting and also you’d recognize these bits much more. The steering too is chunky and grippy, and though the plethora of controls means you are feeling like working a gaming console, it takes no quite a lot of hours to develop muscle reminiscence for all of the reasonably intuitive features.

Within the rear, you may not have the additional room to stretch like on the usual longer-wheelbase automobile, however there may be respectable area on provide together with particular person local weather management, panoramic sunroof and solar blinds throughout, making your mundane commutes that rather more comfy. There may be additionally a 13-speaker Burmester sound system, in case you wish to escape the sporty exhaust notice.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+: What’s it like on the surface?

Then there’s the design, and on this side the E 53 leans in direction of what a ‘sleeper’ is. On the surface, particularly in white, it’s straightforward to miss its AMG cred. There are tell-tale indicators just like the sporty bumpers up entrance together with the massive Panamericana grille and the facility domes on the bonnet. Over to the facet, there may be the ‘4MATIC TURBO’ badging and unique-looking 19-inch alloys. The rear flaunts a sporty bumper with a diffuser and twin exhaust suggestions poking out. You gained’t confuse it for an everyday E-Class, however it’ll take a quick look to note the AMG in it.

Except for the alloys, there’s little else that screams AMG.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+: Do you have to purchase one?

Priced at Rs 1.02 crore, the E 53 is an efficient Rs 68 lakh cheaper than the larger E 63 S and, to be sincere, it’s much more useable with a much better worth to efficiency ratio. Positive, it may not have the uncooked and alpha attraction of the E 63 S, however it’s a correct efficiency automobile that’s straightforward to dwell with, affords all of the creature comforts and can be utilized as a each day driver. And pay no heed to those saying “it’s not a correct AMG”. It very a lot is.

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