2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Quick Spin Review
A favorite conversation among car enthusiasts is picking their perfect two car garage – one fun, one practical, since few cars are ever both. This is key, because often cars that attempt to bridge the divide end up seriously compromised. Few succeed, and the king of them has been the E 63 Wagon – and that crown has passed to the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. In one car you get sharp looks, sumptuous luxury, loads of cargo space, and mighty performance.
The E 63 S Wagon does look mostly like its sedan counterpart, but that’s no bad thing. The current E-Class is a handsome thing sporting gentle, subtle curves and a wide stance. It’s made all the more aggressive with AMG GT-style lower grilles and wide fenders. The wagon specifically looks extra long and low thanks to the long roof, which also allows the wagon care crystals. It’s a nifty little detail that helps make the wagon look just a bit more special than the sedan.
This mostly great powertrain is matched to a mostly great chassis, both on the road as we drove down to the National Corvette Museum Raceway, and when we were on that very racetrack. While the glassy smooth interstates of Tennessee aren’t the best for evaluating ride quality, the handful of rough patches melted away between the E 63 S Wagon’s wheels and the base of the seat. The larger hits translated to a gentle rise and fall inside. Switching it into the sportier modes stiffened things up quite a bit, causing it to hit bumps more like a normal car, as well as revealing more minor bumps to our backsides. Choose your suspension mode wisely depending on location – the sportiest settings wouldn’t suit the pockmarked roads near our home office in Metro Detroit.
That stiff suspension was welcome on the racetrack though, where it kept body roll very much in check. NCM Raceway is very twisty, so the AMG’s quick, precise steering was also very welcome, albeit a bit numb. Combined with the extra responsive twin-turbo V8, it’s easy to place the car and to manage the weight.
The magic of the E 63 S Wagon though truly is the fact it is the only car you would ever need. It has the power and handling of a sports car, the practicality of an SUV, the maneuverability of a sedan, and it’s all wrapped in Mercedes luxury. And while the Volvo V90 and Jaguar XF Sportbrake offer similar combinations, the Mercedes goes several steps farther in optimizing the combination. It makes better sounds, more power, and has a far more luxurious cabin. If wagons are the best cars, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is the best wagon.