2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon new car reviews

Wagons are cool. Wagons that make a ton of power are even cooler. And then there’s this, which might be the coolest wagon of all time: the AMG E 63 S.

It takes the classic E-Class wagon and then stuffs it full of AMG goodness–like a 603-horsepower, 4.0-liter, turbocharged V8 engine. And a nine-speed automatic. And all-wheel drive that features a full rear-drive “drift mode.” And giant brakes. And big wheels. And, well, you get the picture.

 

 

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Here, we’ll cut to the chase here: Best car ever? Maybe. Perhaps. It’s fast. It’s comfortable. It’s practical. It even looks boss and, when you press the correct button, it sounds cool, too.

What more could it actually need? More power? I’m going to say that 630 horsepower along with 627 lb.-ft. of torque is pretty darn plenty.

More luxury? Please. It’s quiet, composed and offers its occupants nearly anything desired. The LED headlamps are among the best in the business. All of the controls have that standard Benz feel.

More size? Nah, it’s just right–not too big and not too small. And you get into it, not climb up into it. The E Class wagon parks like a normal car yet offers plenty of interior place. Plus the way-back is quite generous.

Tim Suddard Tim Suddard
Publisher

I am totally enamored with the AMG E63 Wagon. Never before have I wanted a new car more. I just love the way this amazing machine converts from mild-mannered station wagon to insanely fast track rat with just the push of a button.

Of course, that push of the button comes only after the stroke of a very large check, as this beauty has a base price of just over $100,000 and an as tested price of about $123,000. Still, I could think of no other expensive new cars I would rather have.

The AMG E63 Wagon is that good. So good, in fact, that this might be one of that new, rare breed of modern super cars that only goes up in value and does not depreciate. A look online shows that the much more common E63 coupes and sedans are still worth close to $100,000. This new-for-2018 (and even cooler and rarer wagon) might do better than that. Part of me hopes that is untrue, as for if the price gets anywhere near reasonable, I want this car. But, if the values go up, I could perhaps justify purchase, by calling the AMG E63 wagon an appreciating asset. Either way, I like this car so well, I have decided to rededicate my life to figuring out how to own one.

J.G. Pasterjak JG Pasterjak
Production/Art Director

Stop. Making. Cars. No one needs to make any cars after this one. It won. It is the Omega car. The last one that ever needs to be built, before we just set to work as a society building a giant rocket ship to hurtle every man, woman and child into the sun, knowing we’ve completed our final great technological masterpiece. Yeah, it’s that good. Look, I know it’s easy to hate on a $123,000 station wagon. No car really need to be that expensive, right? Surely an old Volvo 240 is just as good at carrying stuff and being a driving machine as this ridiculously overpriced sled, right? Well, sit down behind the wheel, hit the gas and watch the horizon appear in your lap and ask yourself that question again. Like, a $123,000 car should be good. More precisely, a $123,000 car BETTER be good. And somehow this car exceeds even those lofty expectations. This things probably weighs as much as a shrimp trawler, yet it feels light on its feet and even nimble. The power is epic and seemingly endless, yet the engine is as docile and tractable as a Honda Civic. It looks aggressive, and classy, and refined, and audacious, and understated, somehow all at the same time. So much of what it does feels impossible, yet there it is, happening, right under your butt.

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nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
5/29/19 1:16 p.m.

My parents have a previous-gen E350 wagon.  I like the softer lines on this one much better... and I wish I could get those forged wheels on my Jag.

600 horsepower!
Drift mode!!

Starting price: $109,000 crying

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/29/19 2:39 p.m.
nderwater said:

Starting price: $109,000 crying

I might choose living in one. Seriously, one of the finest cars I have ever driven. 

Cotton
Cotton PowerDork
5/29/19 3:05 p.m.

I love these.  It’s surprising how much the AMG wagons retain their value over the sedans.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/29/19 3:22 p.m.
Cotton said:

It’s surprising how much the AMG wagons retain their value over the sedans.

Yeah, that sucks. 

Aspen
Aspen HalfDork
5/29/19 3:26 p.m.

I'll have the red one.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/29/19 4:44 p.m.
Aspen said:

I'll have the red one.

Our test car wore the red. It looked very striking. 

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
5/29/19 4:53 p.m.

berkeley.

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise HalfDork
5/29/19 7:49 p.m.

Gorgeous 

 

it looks too soft and rounded . Previous gen looked better in the rear 

former520
former520 HalfDork
5/30/19 1:05 a.m.

I was at lunch a couple of weeks ago and there was one of these in the lot.  It was a micro brew with an odd dirt lot on an old industrial area.  Dude backed into the side of it with his X3.  There was some serious man crying as he looked up how much they cost ...

They are fantastic in person, definately on the list when depreciated.

STM317
STM317 UltraDork
5/30/19 4:03 a.m.

I'm not sure I'm E class wagon people, but I think I'd like to be someday when I grow up.

Klayfish
Klayfish PowerDork
5/30/19 5:43 a.m.

I give you guys all the credit in the world for actually handing the keys back to Mercedes voluntarily.  They would have needed the police and a pry bar to get the keys to that thing out of my hand.

dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
5/30/19 5:47 a.m.

In reply to Klayfish :

I’m right there with you. This is an ultimate car guy daily driver. 

chandler
chandler PowerDork
5/30/19 7:33 a.m.
Cotton said:

I love these.  It’s surprising how much the AMG wagons retain their value over the sedans.

Pretty much never for sale either.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
5/30/19 7:59 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Did you get to drive these on track?  If so, what were your driving impressions?

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
5/30/19 8:03 a.m.

These are at the top of my list for my next car in 2 years.  I want at least a 2016+ one, so I need depreciation to do its thing for me!  Gotta drop into my price range with the cost of a nice, long aftermarket warranty included...

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
5/30/19 8:52 a.m.

Last summer a guy showed up at Cars and Coffee with one of those.  He parked in the back of the lot and when I started dragging my 10 year old over to look at it he gave me the biggest "Why are we looking at this thing when there is an Aventador and a GTR sitting over there".  Lottery car for sure.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/30/19 8:53 a.m.
Klayfish said:

I give you guys all the credit in the world for actually handing the keys back to Mercedes voluntarily.  They would have needed the police and a pry bar to get the keys to that thing out of my hand.

Totally true story: Once I heard that we were getting it, I flat-out told them that they were not getting it back. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/30/19 8:55 a.m.
nderwater said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Did you get to drive these on track?  If so, what were your driving impressions?

The car arrived on a Thursday that I was signed up for a Track Night in America. So, halfway jokingly, I started to explain that I was heading to a low-key track event that evening.

Before I even finished my sentence I got a "no."

I did wind up driving the car *to* a track, but that was for Formula Drift. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/30/19 8:58 a.m.

I also drove it to my friend's Miata meet in Orlando. It turned a few heads. Plus, yeah, the drive over was pleasant. 

bcp2011
bcp2011 Reader
5/30/19 9:04 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

The car arrived on a Thursday that I was signed up for a Track Night in America. So, halfway jokingly, I started to explain that I was heading to a low-key track event that evening.

Before I even finished my sentence I got a "no."

I did wind up driving the car *to* a track, but that was for Formula Drift. 

Haven't you done this long enough to know that you don't ask for permission, but forgiveness?  cheekydevil

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/30/19 12:49 p.m.
bcp2011 said:
David S. Wallens said:

The car arrived on a Thursday that I was signed up for a Track Night in America. So, halfway jokingly, I started to explain that I was heading to a low-key track event that evening.

Before I even finished my sentence I got a "no."

I did wind up driving the car *to* a track, but that was for Formula Drift. 

Haven't you done this long enough to know that you don't ask for permission, but forgiveness?  cheekydevil

Yes--but I also greatly value my relationship with Angelo. :)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/30/19 12:50 p.m.

And, seriously, it was funny how he got out the "no" before I finished asking my question. 

RJStanford
RJStanford New Reader
5/31/19 3:01 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

That's too bad.  I have a 2011 E63, and besides being my daily I've logged a ton of track miles in it.  They're surprisingly competent cars, and the new ones are even better.  Wish it was the wagon, but they didn't release it for the W212 / M156 combination I wanted. 

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