When a regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class doesn’t do it for you, the more aggressive AMG E53 is there to fill the void. Offered in both Sedan and Estate version, the refreshed version gets a more aggressive styling and technological update to keep up with the rest of the siblings.
Following the footsteps of the facelifted E-Class, the E53 features a host of changes starting from the headlights, front and rear bumpers, Panamericana grille, a thin boot lid spoiler, incorporated quad exhaust tip with the diffuser and bonnet with a more pronounced domes for a more muscular outlook.
The 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 producing 429 hp and 520 Nm of torque remains, with a 48 V starter-alternator motor providing an additional 21 hp and 249 Nm, nudging the power temporarily up to a total of 451 hp and 770 Nm when needed.
It solder through a nine-speed automatic gearbox and AMG’s 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, with the option to transfer the torque through the rear-wheel. The E53 wears standard 19-inch wheels or optional 20-inch.
0-100km/h will take the Sedan 4.5 seconds and 4.6 seconds in the Estate, and top speed is limited to 250km/h. Opt for the optional AMG Driver’s package, and you’ll gain additional 20km/h more.
The AMG Ride Control+ air suspension allows five driving modes at your disposal; Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Previously available only for the eight-cylinder AMG model, the AMG Dynamic Plus Package has been offered too. The highlight? Drift Mode – perfect for slaying tires.
Interior is all the usual AMG affair, sports seats in black Artico/Dinamica microfiber, red contrast stitching and carbon fiber trim. If you are not a fan of the red seatbelt however, these can be swapped to black colour at no additional cost.
Mercedes-Benz’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, comes standard. Apart from your usual Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Burmester stereo and navigation, there are AMG-only display options named ‘Modern Classic’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Supersport’. Apart from that, lap time, gear speed, race timer, and G-meter can be viewed too.