Mercedes-Benz E-63 S Wagon is a beast

Mercedes-Benz E-63 S Wagon is a beast

  • Mercedes-Benz E-63 S Wagon is a beast

    BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Mercedes Benz E63 Wagon May11, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Marc Grasso/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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I am sure you remember the Pontiac Catalina Safari, or more recently, the Buick Roadmaster. Both stout examples of a great consumer/family friendly vehicle and one that was exceptionally popular in their day.

And with my true love for a wagon, yes a station wagon, this is a great week! Even though I love all wagons as their exponential storage space and comfort of a sedan ride height is perfect, slap a 600+ horsepower handcrafted engine under the hood and a beast is born.

Coming in at 603 earth-shattering horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque, our Mercedes E-63 S Wagon is a monster. For a wagon, what more could you ask for? Not only is it spacious inside for comfort in all five seats similar to an SUV, but it has the ride height of a sedan, the inside is sight-line friendly, curve lines are appealing and it has endless power at the drop of your right foot. Winning!!

The exclusive handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine was used in our tester and it is smooth, powerful and quiet. Although it has noise pushing it to its limits, its overall performance was excellent.

The interior was very similar to previously tested Mercedes models, like the GLB, C-class and recently tested E-class sedan. The interior AMG upgrades were sporty and clean with our favorite option, the massaging front seats which are similar to a personal masseuse. Heads-up display and MBUX interior assistant and heated rear seats were also recognized options that we enjoyed, as well as 20” AMG forged cross-spoke matte black wheels. The $8,950 ceramic braking system was eye opening. The brake rotors were large and fulfilling while the calipers were large and gold in color.

It has a 12.3 inch widescreen instrument cluster and 12.3 inch touch screen infotainment display, similar to its other models. A center console touchpad was also present. On the steering wheel, we noticed an upgrade to the usability of the buttons which we really enjoyed in a ceramic black-like finish rather than the past stainless steel look. A panoramic sunroof was also nice and long on the wagon as it was exponentially longer than I remember in other sedans and SUVs alike.

When it comes to choosing a wagon, it makes perfect sense. Its usability is certainly ideal for all consumers while its appearance is appealing and not common. I realize that in the European market, these are a lot more popular than in the American market, but I am a true believer that a wagon is the style to have and the Benz E63S is a great example of why I enjoy them so much.

What I would do to have a two-door, 1963 Pontiac Tempest or Catalina today, wow, that would be cool.

 

Mercedes E-63 S Wagon

MSRP: $112,450

As tested: $140,460

MPG: 16 city, 23 highway, 17.0 as tested

 

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