Versus the competition:
In the United States, there is no competition for the E63 wagon. No station wagon sold in the U.S. can do what the E63 does. Moving to a high-performance SUV like the Mercedes-AMG GLE63, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S or Maserati Levante Trofeo is one option, but those come with higher seating positions and less adept handling. Until and unless Volvo makes a V90 Polestar or Audi imports the RS6 Avant, this is the high-performance wagon of choice.
Not too long ago, I wrote an article about how the Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon should be your next Mercedes-Benz. I extolled the virtues of its fine interior, the spacious cabin, the smooth and highly responsive turbocharged V-6 and nine-speed automatic. I said that its price tag, while lofty, was eminently reasonable for such a fine automobile, and that all these things made it the perfect model to buy if you were thinking about a new Benz. I also said that the more expensive, faster, more athletic E63 wagon really wasn't necessary because the E400 was more than enough car.
I was wrong. I was so wrong.
After spending a week in the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon, I rescind the verdict I... Read More