Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is a personal luxury coupe of magnificent proportions, panache, and style. The E53 carries on for 2022 with the addition of new standard equipment, namely a heated steering wheel and Adaptive High beam Assist, both of which were extra-cost options in 2021. This mid-size, four-seater, two-door E-Class is impressive in every way. The AMG, Mercedes-Benz premium sport outfit adds an arresting Panamericana vertical-slat front grill. And a sleek chrome trim outlining the windows. Speaking of the windows – the E53 is a completely pillarless coupe with no ugly B-pillar. With windows down it’s a thrill to have that expanse of open air. The E53 also has a lower bumper with blacked-out air inlets, a subtle rear spoiler and black finished rounded quad exhaust pipes. A set of 19-inch alloy wheels is standard, with red brake calipers, while optional 20-inch AMG wheels are also available. Our E 53 was loaded up with the optional carbon fibre package as well, on the side mirrors and rear spoiler. Our stunning black on black tester turned heads everywhere.
And now to the heart of the beast; that’s a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine offering 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque transmitted via a 9-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch automatic transmission. There is also a 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. The EQ Boost mild hybrid system: a starter-generator that serves as an alternator provides select hybrid functions, as well as an extra 21 additional horsepower and Extra increases in torque and acceleration come courtesy of an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger. Further power options include the optional AMG Performance Exhaust. The E53 does not come cheap with a base price of $90,900. Figure well over $100,000 with options or $109,300 as our fully optioned tester cost.
The cabin predictably is up there with the best. The black leather seats arrives with AMG-specific design cues and red contrasting top stitching. The trim detailing is gorgeous, and most significant is the fact the E 53 Coupe is actually designed for more than just two people with enough space to seat six-foot adults. The dash features beautifully crafted chrome and metal details on the air vents and dials. Also cool is the thick chunky multifunction steering wheel with high quality shift paddles and two circular dials. The right dial controls the driving mode, while the left can be configured to activate the exhaust, suspension settings, traction control, and auto start/stop feature. Infotainment includes the wonderful MBUX Voice activated concierge system. I’ve remarked about the roomy cabin, and you also gain a 435-litre trunk.
On the road, The AMG tuning boosts performance with strong acceleration and a delightful exhaust note. 0-100 km/h does come in a lightspeed 4.4 seconds, but the power is delivered with smoothness, not the shove in the back manner of other premium high -performance cars. The 429 hp arrives at 6,100 rpm and 384 lb-ft is available from just 1,800 rpm all the way up to 5,800 rpm. The 9-speed AMG dual-clutch transmission is also a thing of sublime timing. You do get five driving modes courtesy of the AMG Dynamic Select system. This system allows the driver to fine-tune the E53’s performance via controls on the console or the standard steering-wheel. The drive modes include Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.
From launch grip to cornering, the 4MATIC+ can deliver from 50/50 front/rear, up to 100% rear-wheel-drive. The E53 arrives with a thrilling crackling burbling exhaust note. Not as raucous as some cars… A bit more refined!
In the handling department, the speed-sensitive steering is pin sharp accurate, and the AWD system inspires confidence. The E53’s AMG RIDE CONTROL+ adapts within milliseconds to changing road and loads conditions. Meanwhile the AMG Dynamic Select system self-lowers and levels automatically for almost absent body roll.
My test vehicle was fitted with Mercedes’ semi-autonomous driving system which now features a steering wheel sensor mat to recognise if you have your hands on the steering wheel. If the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning is displayed, and Emergency Brake Assist activated after multiple warnings. It’s a little too sensitive for my liking if you have a light hand pressure touch. However, the E53 coupe is the ultimate highway bruiser offering supremely comfortable cruising. If you must know, fuel economy is rated at 11.2 L/100 km City/ 8.5 L/100 km Highway.
To sum up, the Mercedes E53 -Class Coupe is a very desirable premium Grand Touring car, it looks amazing, has killer performance, a dazzling cabin and is immaculately executed. Sadly, like all the finer things in life, the E53 does not come cheap, but worth every dollar!
2022 Mercedes AMG E53 -Class Coupe: base priced from $90,900 plus options. Price as tested; $109.300
More info at www.mercedes- benz.ca