Renowned for comfort and safety, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues to be one of the standout vehicles in its class. The latest AMG models add better handling, greater style and further refinement to already established outstanding characteristics.
Although exterior styling remains elegant and sophisticated, the new E-Class has a reworked front section. Imposing one-piece headlamps and gaping air intakes are the most notable assets, while some of the aggressive creases have been smoothed out.
Despite a soft rear-quarter and flowing roofline, the front-end certainly means business and reflects the AMG’s performance credentials.
Two four-cylinder diesels, a V6 diesel and two petrol engines are available. The most popular drivetrain will undoubtedly be the 2.1-litre 168bhp E220 CDI turbo diesel, which propels the Coupe model from 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 145mph. Even so, economy is highly commendable, returning almost 60mpg on a combined cycle.
To enhance handling and control, AMG models benefit from firmer sports suspension, upgraded front brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels. However, without the option of a comfort chassis setup, you’ll certainly feel the bumps on an uneven surface. Therefore, spending an extra £510 on Mercedes’ Dynamic Handling Package, which features programmable adaptive dampers, is highly recommended.
One of the most significant changes comes to the movement of the gear selector, which can now be found on the steering column rather than the centre console. This has increased cabin space and added extra storage capacity.
Quality has clearly been a top priority, with classy dark aluminium trim perfectly complimented by lavish leather upholstery. The fine materials and ambient lighting make the cabin a pleasurable place to be.
Even so, there is still a strong AMG influence with a 3-spoke sports steering wheel and figure hugging seats featuring side bolsters.
Price and verdict
Prices for both the Coupe and Saloon models vary between £35,000 to £40,000 depending on whether you want the 6-speed manual or 7G-Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic transmission.
As long as you purchase the additional handling package, you’ll be guaranteed a comfortable ride with the prospect of exhilarating enjoyment should you decide to get aggressive behind the wheel. It is difficult to argue against the impressive performance figures, lavish interior, practical characteristics and overall splendour of Mercedes-Benz’s distinctive AMG E-Class range.
Seiko Sportura Kinetic Perpetual
Because Mercedes-Benz has been the pioneer of innovative automotive technology for several years, we feel that the Seiko Sportura Kinetic Perpetual is a pretty good fit for any AMG owner.
Powered by the movement of your body, the Sportura goes to sleep after 24 hours of inactivity, but shows the correct time when it wakes up. The design is technical yet attractive and the sapphire crystal face with anti-reflective coating will stand the rest of time.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic
The new Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic packs the same outstanding features as an AMG Mercedes: exclusiveness and high performance, combined with everyday practicality, reliability and quality.
The screws in the bezel firmly secure the front glass, case and sapphire-glass back and are an unmistakable reference to the technical design cues of Gérald Genta’s legendary Ingenieur SL. The watch is equipped with the in-house 80110 calibre, which has an integrated shock-absorption system and is one of the most rugged movements made by IWC. Although it’s called the black series the brown model is our choice.