2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53

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$73,800
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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 16, 2020
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Imagine a painter, working a masterpiece in a subtle environment, surrounded by all his previous paintings, giving shape to a new canvas. Soothing, right? Now imagine a swordsman, dancing with his sword in a battlefield, surrounded by enemies, yet carving them out like a true artist, a fierce warrior, and an all-out performer. Surgeful, right? So can these 2 connect somewhere or the other? Any platform where the elegance of the painter, infuses with the valor of the swordsman? Well, we do have an answer to this… The 2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan. 

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Pros

Elite cabin quality

Easy to use driver-assist features

Fun to drive 

Cons

Low on cargo capacity

Nothing much to complain about

What's New?

The car is all-new for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$73800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

429 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

384 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.6/14.6

dimensions

wheelbase

115.7 in.

length

195.2 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

57 in.

curb weight

4341 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

50.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/28/23 mpg

highway range

487.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 in Lunar Blue Metallic color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 in Black color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 in Polar White color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 in Iridium Silver Metallic color
Lunar Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Final Verdict

8.2

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Base

Base

power
429 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric
mpg
23 combined

$73,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $73,800 MSRP (21/23/28) 429 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.6

Overall Rating


The Mercedes Benz E-class has always been an epitome of luxury, come the year 2020, the addition of the AMG batch to this E-class iteration has poured out some serious reactive results. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan. The E53 Sedan is a vehicle that offers business-class luxuries, but can also put a number of sportscars to shame when it goes all-out performing. 

High levels of technology and innovation back the 2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53, as the ride deploys some state of the art elements such as EQ Boost Integrated Starter Generator, NANO SLIDE cylinder wall technology, and a number of other limelight stealing highlights. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 wages war against some seasoned combatants such as the Maserati Ghibli, Jaguar XF, and the Lexus LS 500. So how far will this carnage go for the Merc? Let’s find out...

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Rear View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front View

9.9/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.2/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Features

9.9/10

The AMG E53 Sedan is itself a branch of the Mercedes Benz E Class iteration. The AMG E53 is the performance variant of the Mercedes Benz E Class and is a standalone trim on offer. However, the AMG E53 is available in 3 body styles - AMG E53 Sedan, AMG E53 Coupe, and AMG E53 Cabriolet. 

Trim

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Sedan 

MSRP (AWD)

$73,800

Key Features

EQ Boost Integrated Starter Generator

 

AMG Dynamic Select

 

AMG body styling

 

Galvanized shift paddles

 

Mercedes Benz emergency call service

 

AMG performance front seats with memory

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

COMAND system with touchpad controller

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Since there is only one trim on offer, no scope of getting choosy here. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan does not offer any option to choose from, however, fret not, it packs in all the bells and whistles that you may expect from a ride of this range. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan houses a 3.0L Inline-6 engine which is further paired to a turbocharger in order to generate a punchy 429 hp along with 384 lb.-ft. Of torque. However, that’s just not it about this powerhouse. The engineers at Affalterbach have backed this engine with great levels of technology and innovation. 

“3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6 with EQ Boost and electric auxiliary compressor” is how the MERCenaries like to call-out this engine of the Mercedes Benz AMG E53. EQ Boost is the name of the brand’s mild-hybrid technology. The company employs this turbocharger, which gives the AMG E53 an edge as this eBooster accounts for some benefits such as enhanced transient boost response, reduced emissions level, reduced turbo-lag, and magnified low-end torque. 

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

MSRP

$73,800

$74,490

$68,200

$75,450

Engine

3.0 L Turbocharged Inline 6 

3.0L Twin-turbo V6

3.0 L Supercharged V6

3.5 L Twin Turbo V6 

Drivetrain AWD RWD AWD RWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

429@6,100 

424@5,750

380@6,500

416@6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

384@1,800 

428@2,250

332@4,500

442@1,600

This tech-savvy powerhouse arrangement of the AMG E53 employs an AMG spec Speedshift 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission arrangement, which routes this power to all the 4 wheels of the ride. The transmission is as sleek as it can get, executing blazing quick upshifts and downshifts. Manual changing of the gears is readily available as well, with the help of the paddle shifters on the steering wheel

How fast is the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan?

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 is an absolute rocket that can go from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds. Though, not armed by a humongous V6 or V8 hammer like other AMG thors, the eBooster does the job for the E53, lending it pronounced off the mark capabilities. 

 

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 0-60 MPH in just 4.4 sec.

The AMG E53 can go the quarter of a mile distance in just 12.6 seconds, at a trap speed of 111 mph. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan also gets an electronically-capped top speed of 131 mph. The 48-volt hybrid system of the E53 makes sure that there is enough grunt in this AMG rocket at all times to pulsate your senses. 

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.4 

4.7 

5.0 

4.6 

Quarter Mile (sec)

12.6 

12.8 

13.1 

13.7 

Top Speed (MPH) 155 166 155 N/A

Engine

3.0 L Turbocharged Inline 6 

3.0L Twin-turbo V6

3.0 L Supercharged V6

3.5 L Twin Turbo V6 

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr) N/A N/A N/A N/A

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan is the only car in this segment that runs upon an Inline-6 powerhouse, rather than a V6. However, this fact does not hold the E53 back from coming out as the fastest car of this segment. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 posts the best in class accelerating figures, followed up by the Lexus LS 500 with a 0-60 figure of 4.6 seconds. The Maserati Ghibli, trying to chase the LS 500, finishes the 0-60 dash at 4.7 seconds, followed up by the Jaguar XF, taking flat 5 seconds in order to exhibit a similar skill. 

What about the braking performance of the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan?

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53, just like every other AMG dynamite, gets equipped with AMG Performance Braking System, so as to counter the engine’s hyperactiveness. The auto-marquee uses a very unconventional way of bolting the brake discs, as they are cast with the slots in place, thus improving the strength and heat resisting capabilities. 

The front end of the ride gets 14.6-inch brake rotors, along with 4-piston fixed calipers. The rear side gets slightly smaller rotors with a diameter of 14.2 inches. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan is a heavy vehicle with a curb weight ranging over 4100 pounds, yet this braking arrangement does an absolutely stunning job, making the vehicle come to a standstill from high speed in a very short distance.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

14.6

13.6

14.0

14

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

14.2

13.0

13.0

13.1

Curb Weight

(lbs)

4134

3990

3870

4850

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

110

116

132

Though we do not have the exact figure as of yet, still the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan does a fabulous halting job. Apart from this AMG performer, the Maserati Ghibli performs exceptionally well, with a stopping distance of just 110 feet. The Jaguar XF also performs well, depreciating from 60-0 moh in a distance of just 116 feet. The Lexus LS 500, however, disappoints a bit, lagging behind by a great margin. 

What about its driving dynamics?

One of the strongest points of the 2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan is its engine configuration. The 48-volt mild hybrid system, which the company very fondly calls the EQ Boost, ensures that you are greeted with an enthralling grunt when you press the throttle pedal. The EQ Boost configuration eliminates the turbo-lag factor, thus giving you butterflies in your stomach, every time you pin the pedal. 

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 offers 4 driving modes, namely: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The Eco and the comfort modes are the best suited for around the town driving, as they make up for efficient and relaxing riding experiences. However, when cruising on the open road, the Sport mode will sharpen up the throttle response, along with an aggressive transmission stance, and an enchanting throttle note. Employ the Sport+ mode and you’ve just unleashed the beast.

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Front View

The air suspension setup is another quality element of this car, that demonstrates the endeavors of AMG pretty well. The suspensions transit effortlessly with the change of driving modes and the conversion of the ride’s riding ethics from a raging sport sedan, to a consoling cruiser is pretty evident. The steering wheel as well is rightly weighted, and well balanced, delivering quick and crisp feedback. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Come on Mercedes, give us at least something to complain about! The Mercedes Benz, despite possessing the greatest number of ponies in this segment, earns the tag of the most fuel-friendly vehicle. A big credit of this feat goes to the mild-hybrid arrangement of the ride, which along with enhancing the performance, also enhances the ride’s fuel-efficiency.

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan can conquer 21 city miles or 28 highway miles for every gallon of gasoline you feed it. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg of 24, which is great for a ride of this power and potential. 

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

MPG (City)

21

16

20

19

MPG (Highway)

28

24

28

30

MPG (Combined)

24

19

23

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

21.1

19.5

21.7

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

443/591/506

338/506/400

390/546/448

412/651/499

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 offers the best in class fuel-efficiency, with a combined mpg of 24. The Jaguar XF and the Lexus LS 500, making a close chase, finish with a combined mpg figure of 23 under their belt. Speaking of the Ghibli, this Italian contender loves gulping fuel as a bowl of spaghetti. The Maserati Ghibli offers just 19 combined mpg, which seems quite meek, from the segment standards. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Interior

9.0/10

And the MERCenaries nail it once again. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan carries the exoticism to its cabin as well. Open the door of this sedan, and you’ll be greeted by a cabin that screams elegance. Have a seat, and we assure you’ll be reminded of the last trip you took on the business-class ticket. 

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Front Seats

The interior is decorated by a number of materials, with each one of them making you think of the finer things in life. The dash layout is very much similar to other offerings from this auto-maker, flowing from one side to another, with elegant lines and curves harboring their way to host various buttons and knobs. The look is completed by a number of fancy materials such as high-end wood trims, piano black, and top-notch metallic bits. 

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/57.8/41.7

38.8/57.8/37.7

37.1/56.9/41.5

37.3/58.8/41.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/57.1/36.2

38.8/56.5/33.2

37.6/56.4/36.6

37.3/56.4/38.9

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 offers great amounts of space across its cabin. The front passengers are bound to be at ease, with more than enough leg and shoulder space, while the massaging seats further elevate the experience. Unlike many other sport sedans in the market, the AMG E53 ensures that the rear seat passengers do not spend their time cursing the auto-marquee. The rear seats offer generous space as well, so that not just the front seat passengers, but all the occupants are at ease at all times.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 is high on the tech front as well. The dual-screen arrangement looks dazzling, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a central screen of the same dimensions, taking care of all the infotainment needs of the ride. Some of the most prominent infotainment features that the AMG E53 houses are: 

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • 4G-LTE internet access
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 13-speaker premium Burmester surround sound system
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Automatic equalizer
  • Radio data system
  • Window grid antenna
  • 590W amplifier
  • Voice-activated radio

Creature comforts on offer in the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan

Mercedes Benz is a name that has been at the pinnacle of luxury for quite a while now and the E53 sedan is no different. The AMG E53 Sedan packs in a number of convenience features that make each and every E53 ride a comfortable and subtle one. Some of the most prominent comfort features that are on offer in the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 are: 

  • Proximity key
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sunroof/convertible roof FOB controls
  • Memory seats
  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Heated sport steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Refrigerated glovebox
  • Homelink garage door transmitter
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Cruise control

What about utility?

Finally, a point where we can really grab the AMG E53 by its ears. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan offers a tight cargo space with just 13.1 cubic feet of storage capacity. Though the trunk is small, yet you can fit around 5 average-sized carry-on suitcases in it. 

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

13.1

17.7

17.8

16.9

The Jaguar XF offers the best in class cargo capacity with more than 17 and a half cubic feet of storage space under its trunk. The Maserati Ghibli, rakes in the second spot with 17.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The Lexus LS 500 follows with 16.9 cubic feet and finally the AMG E53. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front Seats
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front Seats
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan side door
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan side door
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Seats
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Seats
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Steering Wheel
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Steering Wheel

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Exterior

8.0/10

The Mercedes E class is characterized by typical and humble sedan body design and character. However, the AMG spec E53 adds a flavor of sportiness to this ride. The AMG E53 hosts tasteful AMG body styling, with elements such as AMG spec brake calipers, gloss black exterior accents, All-LED exterior lighting, and 19-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels with black accents. 

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Three Quarter View

The AMG E53 sedan has a bulging look that demonstrates the brand’s past designs which used to have a curvaceous and shapely outlook. The front is dominated by the Merc-trademark “Starlight Grille” which is enclosed by oval-shaped headlamps that house LED DRLs. The roof of the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 further crispens the sedan profile, as it rises from the front and infuses mildly into the short trunk hood. 

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

Maserati Ghibli 

Jaguar XF

Lexus LS 500

Curb Weight (lbs)

4134

3990

3870

4850

Length (in)

195.2

195.7

195.0

206.1

Width (in)

73.2

76.6

78.2

74.8

Height (in)

57.0

57.5

57.4

57.5

Ground Clearance (in)

4.5

4.5

4.1

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

115.7

118.0

116.5

123

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 has a bold sedan silhouette, that is further characterized by ideal dimensions that a sedan should have. The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 has undergone some serious R&D, as the ride does not have the longest wheelbase in this segment, nor its the widest offering, yet it offers the best in class passenger space, which in itself is a commendable feat. 

What are those eye-catching features?

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 is a handsome car, but not an absolutely stand-out set of wheels. Though it houses an array of handsome exterior features, yet the car is not an absolute head-turner. Some of the prominent exterior features of the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 sedan are:

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Chrome rear bumper insert
  • Chrome grille
  • Power remote right side-view door mirror with tilt down
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Rocker panel extensions
  • Heated door mirrors
  • LED lighting arrangement
  • 19-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Side View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Side View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Side View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Side View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Rear View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Sedan Rear View

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Safety

9.0/10

The Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan packs in so many tech features, that you may have to go through the owner’s manual a number of times, in order to gain command of all the features that are on-board this vehicle. The ride employs these tech heights in its safety suite as well. Some of the noteworthy safety highlights that the 2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan hosts are: 

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • ABS

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan vs. Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli is one of the most expensive offerings of this segment, with a starting price of $74,490. The Ghibli houses a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine, that can generate 424 hp and 428 lb.-ft. Of the spinning force. However, the Ghibli loses the sprinting fixtures to the AMG E53, as it takes 4.7 seconds to dash from 0-60, whereas the Merc needs just 4.4 seconds to achieve these figures on the speedometer. The Ghibli offers the least in class fuel-efficiency figures, whereas the AMG E53 leads the segment with its mpg figures. The Ghibli also takes a beating from the Mercedes when it comes to the interior opulence. However, the Maserati is sure to attract more heads than the Merc, owing to the curves and lines that only Italians can do. 

2020 Maserati Ghibli

Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan vs. Lexus LS 500

The Lexus LS 500 is the priciest offering of this fragment with prices starting from $75,450. The Lexus LS 500 houses a 3.5L Twin-turbo V6 which can generate 416 hp and 442 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Lexus LS 500 offers a performance that can compete with the AMG E53, but cannot match or beat it. The LS 500 can shoot from 0-60 on 4.6 seconds, whereas the Mercedes can do this dash in 4.4 seconds. The Lexus offers a combined mpg of 23, whereas the Mercedes offers 24 combined mog. However, the aspect where the Lexus takes the lead is boot space with around 17 cubic feet of space on offer, as compared tp Merc’s 13.1 cubic feet. 

2020 Lexus LS 500

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Final Verdict

8.2/10

The Mercedes Benz E-class is an epitome of luxury and has always been a ride that has set benchmarks of opulence for other aspiring luxury sedans. The infusion of AMG to the E-class adds a hint of sportiness to the E-class without putting away the comfort factor. In case you are looking for a ride that can put other cars to shame when it comes to sprinting and that too without compromising on comfort, the Mercedes Benz AMG E53 Sedan is the ideal set of wheels for you.