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2021 Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Split personality

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG is a delicate balancing act between sensible and wheel-spinning madness. It's something that comes across as soon as you get behind that soft leather AMG steering wheel. It looks set to be a raucous affair and that pop that comes from the quad exhaust pipes certainly adds to the excitement.

But this sleek coupe is capable of the demure and is just as comfortable rolling along like the more stately S500. It all depends on your mindset when you get inside. Want to simply nip out to get groceries? Sure, it’ll get you there in style. Fancy testing its drag racing capabilities on the way back? Well, it has a mode for that too. It’s about as zen-balanced as you’ll find a Mercedes-Benz.

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Boosting

Although it comes packing EQ Boost tech, the E53 AMG isn’t a hybrid that you need to constantly charge. Instead, the EQ works to add an extra 20 bhp so you can get up to speed a little faster when you clap your foot to the floor. All of which is illustrated by the video game style display that shows the turbo ramping up as it goes.

Speaking of the display, the E53 AMG’s crystal clear screens really are excellent. Mercedes-Benz really is setting the standard for in-car tech. We spent way too long flicking between the different “themes” you can switch between. They not only change the engine styles from Comfort to Sport and beyond, but switch up the look and feel of the displays, lighting in the interior and more.

Even though it's a two-door, the E53 AMG has plenty of room inside. You’ll comfortably fit four adults in it, or, if you have little ones, two child seat bases will easily squeeze in too. Back to the steering wheel, and there’s almost too many buttons and gadgets to play with.

From purely a driving perspective, it’s incredibly comfortable with the flappy panels for manual shifting very well placed. However, the sheer number of options you have to play can be overwhelming during your first few drives. You’ll get used to it, but maybe just set aside an hour or three to familiarise yourself with them.

In Pictures. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG

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Supplied The matte black finish on the rims compliments the over all colour

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Supplied Hi-tech cockpit as standard from Mercedes

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Specifications

Engine

3l, inline 6-cylinder

Power

429 bhp + 20 bhp

0-100 kmh

4.4 seconds

Top speed

250 kmh

Price

From AED 375,000

Silent, but deadly

Out on the road is where you’ll really experience the two sides of the Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG. Cruising down the highways, you’ll barely notice any outside noise - just the hum of the road and whatever you’re listening to on the state-of-the art sound system. It’ll happily get up to speed without so much as snarl. But if you want that angry AMG growl, it’s right there too. Stick it in Sport or Sport+ and the E53 will drop an octave in its voice and deliver a throaty rumble as you floor it. There can be a little delay in gear shifts that will grate if you’re in full-auto, but stick it in manual and the driving experience is enhanced brilliantly.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG makes a safe debut then. It’s wonderful to drive, filled to the gills with tech and has the power to deliver thrills along the way. It’s the perfect car to fit whatever mood you’re in when behind the wheel.

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