We love wagons. We like high-performance cars even more—giving us the sweet sounds that accompany the firing of eight boisterous cylinders and the sensation of turbocharged boost. Mix it all together – plus a dose of top-shelf luxury – and you’ve got the dreamy, steamy Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon. The way this five-door delivers excitement and performance, comfort, appeal and pragmatic functionality in one package is borderline fantastic. There aren’t many vehicles that can meet the practical demands of everyday life while providing almost limitless excitement for those who love to drive for the sake of driving. The E63 S Wagon does. Superwagon’s 603-hp twin-turbo V-8 and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system enable rocket-powered launches that take you to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Go ahead, challenge that Corvette to a drag race. The Wagon pulls 1.00 g of torque on the skid pad, as if it thinks it’s a Porsche. And it will haul a load of mulch just as effortlessly as it does hole. The only thing that brings down our collective high of the E63 S Wagon is that 2023 will be its last year of production. Mercedes has yet to reveal details about the nameplate’s future, but we expect it could return with a hybrid powertrain similar to that of the 2024 AMG C63 or—better yet—the 831-hp GT63 S E-Performance. Maybe we won’t miss it so much after all.
What’s new for 2023?
The AMG E63 S Wagon remains mostly unchanged for the 2023 model year. The only revision is the introduction of the Final Edition model, of which only 999 will be produced. Each Final Edition model will wear a mantle of Matt Graphite Gray Magno, paired with high-gloss black accents and tinted glass of the rear B-pillar courtesy of the AMG Night Package. For added exclusivity, customers can add Carbon Packages I and II, which liven up the exterior with carbon fiber components. On the inside, highly adjustable heated performance seats are standard for the limited production package, as is carbon fiber interior trim. Matching the exterior trim, the titanium gray pearl and black nappa leather upholstery extends to the instrument panel and features yellow contrast stitching. A Final Edition badging is affixed to the center console and an AMG interior car cover labeled “AMG E 63 S FINAL EDITION” is also included for good measure.
Prices and which one to buy
The 2023 E63 S wagon is more expensive than the E63 S sedan, but its added practicality, exclusivity, and sheer outrageous sophistication make it worth the price. Our preferred AMG wagon will be equipped with a handful of options that inflate the bottom line even more, but they will reinforce its luxury status and maximize our appreciation. These include the Exterior Lighting Package (automatic high beams and adaptive headlight illumination), the Heat and Comfort Package (heated front armrests, a heated steering wheel and rapid heating for the front cushions), and the Acoustic Comfort Package which brings sound-deadening material around the keeping the cabin extra quiet. Our favorite individual options include the head-up display, massaging front seats, tri-zone climate control and soft-close doors. Ideally, this would be one of 999 Final Edition models, but the probability of securing one of those is too low, even for our fantasies.
Engine, transmission and performance
The E63 S wagon cages a sinister-sounding 603-hp twin-turbo V-8 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard 4Matic+ all-wheel drive. This setup helped blast the 4683-pound megawatt we tested to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and clear the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds at 122 mph. Check out the performance stats for our long-term C8 Corvette Stingray to put it in perspective. Other AMG upgrades on the E63 S-wagon compared to the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon include suspension tuning, bigger brakes and a reverse-only “Drift” mode, which makes an ass-out -make maneuvers possible. The AMG E63’s standard air suspension can be adjusted by the driver for a preferred ride quality, and has been retuned for the 2021 model year as part of the refresh with improved comfort as the primary goal. While the suspension is almost supple in Comfort mode, we prefer to leave the wagon in Sport mode. We felt the E63’s more clipped driving motions in this setting matched its communicative steering and impressive braking ability – 70 mph to zero in just 153 feet.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
While the EPA hasn’t announced fuel economy ratings for the 2023 model, we don’t expect its numbers to change much — if at all — from the 2021 model year. The EPA estimates that the E63 S wagon will earn 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The AMG wagon’s only real rival is the Audi RS6 Avant, which is rated for 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. While we didn’t test the E63 S wagon on our 200-mile fuel economy route, we did test the sedan version, which achieved 22 mpg.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Despite the E63 S-wagon’s exhaust pop and tire-squealing demeanor, its opulent interior maintains quiet noise levels and the company’s luxury credentials. Its dashboard is dominated by a continuous panel that boasts two high-resolution screens—one for the gauge cluster and one for the infotainment system. The cabin is also covered in premium materials that help make it feel like a truly special place to spend time. Likewise, the list of standard features includes heating, ventilation and massage functions for the front seats, as well as adaptive ambient lighting – and much more. With a generous rear seat and up to 64 cubic feet of cargo space (35 cubes with all seats up), the E63 S wagon is almost as useful as it is fast.
Infotainment and connectivity
Every E63 S is equipped with an attractive and intuitive infotainment system. Its massive 12.3-inch screen is controlled by a hub on the center console, which has a dial and touchpad that makes operating the system feel like second nature. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in navigation, a Burmester sound system and wireless charging. Those who want even more features can choose to add a head-up display and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The 2023 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While it offers a variety of driver assistance technology, Mercedes unfortunately charges customers extra for most of these amenities. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Available lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
- Adaptive cruise control available
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Mercedes-AMG offers competitive limited powertrain warranties that match luxury alternatives such as Audi and Jaguar. However, both these brands offer complimentary maintenance – with the latter providing an impressive four years or 50,000 miles of it – while AMG does not.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ Wagon
front engine, rear/4 wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$139,205 (base price: $113,445)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
243 inches33982 cm3
603 hp @ 6500 rpm
627 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.4-inch ventilated cross-drilled ceramic disc/14.2-inch ventilated cross-drilled ceramic disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, F: 265/35R-20 (99Y) MO1 R: 295/30R-20 (101Y) MO1
Wheelbase: 115.7 inches
Length: 197.1 inches
Width: 75.1 inches
Height: 58.0 inches
Passenger volume: 99 feet3
Cargo volume: 35 feet3
Curb weight: 4683 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.0 sec
100 mph: 7.4 sec
130 mph: 12.7 sec
150 mph: 17.8 sec
170 mph: 25.4 sec
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 4.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec
1/4 mile: 11.1 sec @ 122 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 180 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 150 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot slide slide: 1.00 g
Stand-start access times allow 1-foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D IS)
Combined/city/highway: 19/16/23 mpg
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
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