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The E-Class Mercedes is a dream driving experience, with plenty of power but also happy to cruise and easy to handle in town or a parking lot.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a genuine luxury car that has also been a true driver's car for decades, and the 2021 E63 AMG is the ultimate version.The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been a benchmark for luxury cars for decades. Unlike the larger S-Class with its opulent luxury in the back seats, the assumption with the E-Class is that owner will also be the driver. So the E-Class is both responsive and supremely comfortable. If you want top-tier performance, the AMG-powered E63 S model is the one to get.

AMG is the in-house performance tuning center for Mercedes-Benz. Originally an independent company, AMG was purchased by Mercedes around the turn of the millennium, and now most Mercedes models have an AMG edition.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2021 Mercedes E-Class can be ordered with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive.

In the case of the E-class, AMG adds their four-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces an awe-inspiring 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. That's paired with a silky-smooth nine-speed automatic transmission and the buyer's choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive. The test car came with Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, as do most Mercedes sold in the Pacific Northwest.

The engine is powerful, but it needs to be in order to move the E-Class around at a curb weight of 4,725 pounds. That's what gives the E-Class its amazing ride. What's surprising is how agile the car is at that weight. This is definitely not your grandpa's Mercedes-Benz.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Inside, the Mercedes E-Class offers driver assistance and convenience technology that includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with the advance Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) voice-controlled infotainment and control system.

Still, the 4MATIC system is very close to magical when it comes to rain, snow, or even ice. The computer controlled all-wheel-drive system puts power where you need it to make driving in slippery conditions nearly effortless.

Inside, the E-Class gets a few sporty AMG touches like a flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats that hold you snugly for brisk driving yet still managing to be deliciously comfortable. Mercedes delivers all its driver assistance and convenience technology, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with the advance Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) voice-controlled infotainment and control system. Don't bother looking for the heated seats button, just say, "Hey Mercedes, turn on the driver set heat" or "Hey Mercedes, play Radio Margaritaville on Sirius." The car will handle the rest.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available with a few sporty AMG touches like a flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats that hold you snugly for brisk driving yet still managing to be deliciously comfortable.

On the road, the E63 S is a dream driving experience. There's plenty of power if you want it, but it's also happy to cruise and easy to handle in town or in a parking lot. Steering is crisp and body roll is minimal in cornering. With all the active assistance with steering, lane changes, reversing, braking, and so on, you actually feel more in control than you might think. The tech is just there to backstop you in an emergency. You can even tell the Benz to make sure you stay within the posted speed limit, and it will never allow you to get a speeding ticket.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S is not an economy choice. At $134,440 when we tested it, this is a top end car. But unlike many premium brands that don't really offer much more than an economy brand, you're getting the absolute state of the art with the AMG E-Class. If you want to save some money, you can ditch a few things like the $8,950 carbon ceramic brake kit on the test car, or just buy the non-AMG E-Class sedan. Whatever you choose, you're getting a car you will really love.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Even the back seat of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers luxury not available in other cars.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Base price: $107,500

Price as tested: $134,440

Type: Mid-size sedan

Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (603 hp, 627 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 16/23

Overall length: 196.4 inches

Curb weight: 4,725 pounds

Final assembly: Sindelfingen, Germany

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Cargo space is ample in all versions of the Mecedes-Benz E-Class.


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