2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43

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Pros

Luxurious Interior

Autonomous Technology

Top notch quality

Cons

Pricey to run

Alternatives are cheaper

What's New?

AMG body kit

Lowered suspension settings


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$72400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu. in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

17 in. /17 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

203.9 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5521 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1557 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

167 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/22 mpg

ev range

379.8 mi.

highway range

572 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 in Black color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 in designo Diamond White Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 in Polaris White color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 in Diamond Silver Metallic color
Black

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Ratings

Engine

9.6

Interior

9.6

Exterior

9.5

9.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Base

Base

power
396 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$72,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $72,400 MSRP (18/21/25) 396 hp @ 6100 rpm3V6premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

9.6

Overall Rating


 

9.6/10
Engine

 
 

9.6/10
Interior

 

9.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Mercedes AMG E43 is one of those machines, an excellent all-rounder that might just hit a sweet spot in the all-new mid-size sedan line-up. It is not the fastest, the most efficient the cheapest or the most opulent.

Priced at $71,600, it is equipped with a 3.0 Litre twin-turbo V6 as the E400, but it has been modified by the performance wing of Mercedes-Benz, AMG, to produce higher peak outputs of 295kW and 520 NM. At that price, it is more spacious and pragmatic alternative to the popular, brawny C63 S.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Features

Mercedes AMG E43 is only available in one trim that is priced at $71,600. It is powered by AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo engine that delivers 396 horsepower and with increased turbo boost, 384-pound feet of torque on tap at just 2,500rpm. The engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC transmission that delivers quick gear changes in virtually every driving situation, from relaxed cruising to quick burst of acceleration.

Trim

Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 4MATIC Sedan

MSRP

$71,600

Key

Features

LED headlights

Automatic wipers

Power-folding mirrors with heating

Sunroof

Selectable drive modes

Adaptive suspension

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Premium simulated leather upholstery

Power-adjustable front seats

Driver-seat memory functions

40/20/40-split folding rear seats

12.3-inch display

Rearview camera

Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with a touchpad controller

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

AMG sport-tuned suspension and braking

Blind-spot monitoring

AMG-specific interior and exterior pieces

Leather upholstery


The AMG E43 comes standard with adaptive suspension, LED headlights, premium leather upholstery, 12.3-inch display with Mercedes COMAND infotainment system and touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AMG sport-tuned suspension and braking, 13-speaker, 9 channel and 590 watts Burmester surround sound system.

we recommend

Since there is only one trim, it's the only recommendation. If you're looking for a spacious car that delivers excellent performance and has ample space with luxury feel, go for E43 AMG.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Engine

9.6/10

All talk of filthy lucre aside, the E43 is a perfect example of the sweet spot Mercedes has worked itself into after years of trailing BMW and Audi in the driving-satisfaction department.-CarandDriver

2017 Mercedes Benz AMG E43 is powered by 3.0L Biturbo V6 engine making 396 horses and 384-pound feet of torque at 2,500 RPM. It is mated to the class leading 9G-TRONIC transmission that gives it excellent performance and less fuel consumption.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

MSRP

$71,600

$56,500

$63,865

$57,750

Engine

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L/183

3.0 TFSI 6 Cylinder

3.0L 24V V6 Supercharged

3.3L GDI twin-turbo V6

Transmission

AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

396hp @ 6,100 rpm

340hp @ 5,300 rpm

380hp @ 6,500 rpm

365hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

325 lb.-ft. @ 2,900 rpm

332 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

376 lb.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm

In comparison, Mercedes Benz is the best among the performance figures with 396 horses and 384-pound feet of torque, the closest, in terms of power, is Jaguar XF S with 380 horsepower and 332-pound feet of torque from its supercharged 3.0L V6.

Genesis G80 Sport AWD is also powered by 3.3L GDi twin-turbo V6 developing 365 horsepower and 376-pound feet of torque at 1,300 RPM. Audi A6 is last with 340 horses and 325 lb. ft torque.In price terms well, Audi is cheapest at $56,500 then comes Hyundai at $57,750 and Jag retails at $63,865.

Acceleration

Mercedes Benz AMG E43 carries forward an AMG enhanced engine from E400 that shows considerable difference in the power outputs and performance measurements. E43 accelerates to 60MPH from a standing stop in 4.5 seconds and clears the quarter-mile with a time of 13.1 seconds.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

13.1 sec

12.1 sec

13.6 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

3.3L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

7.7

7.6

8.8

When comparing the E43, the closest rival to its 0-60MPH time is Audi A6 at 5.1 seconds. In quarter mile, Audi A6 demolishes everyone with a time of 12.1 seconds. Jaguar XF S takes 5.3 seconds to 60MPH and 13.6 seconds to finish a quarter mile.

Handling and Steering

E43 is as relaxing and as effortless to pedal around town as any other E-Class sedan, particularly when left in its default comfort setting. The suspension is beautifully compliant, soaking up imperfections in the road without disturbing the occupants, the steering is light enough to make it feel like a much smaller and more agile car in urban environments.

It is supremely refined and quiet in how it operates with just a faint hint of its performance potential emanating from the twin exhaust outlets. With so much pulling power, the engine doesn't feel as responsive and it takes a decent prod on the gas pedal to awaken it for quick overtakes.

Braking

Mercedes Benz AMG E43 is equipped with 14.2-inch ventilated front and rear discs. E43 weighs in at 4145 pounds, which stops this luxury saloon at 109 feet from 60 to 0 MPH.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

13.6

13.8

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

13.0

12.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4145

4023

3880

4674

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

108

106

116

Against the competition, Jaguar is the lightest at 3880 pounds and takes the least distance to stop from 60-0MPH at 106 feet. Following jaguar is Audi A6, which weighs in at 4023 pounds and takes 108 feet to come to a halt. Genesis G80 is super heavy at 4674 pounds and takes 116 feet to stop from 60 MPH.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Fuel Economy

With 9G-TRONIC transmission and bi-turbo V6 engine, the E43 manages 19 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway and 22 MPG combined with city and highway driving.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

MPG (city)

19

20

20

17

MPG (highway)

25

29

28

24

MPG (combined)

22

23

23

20

Jaguar and Audi A6 are 1 better than Mercedes AMG E43 in city MPG at 20 and have significant lead in the highway MPG at 28 and 29 respectively. Genesis G80 Sport AWD is on the lower side of the spectrum with 17 MPG in city, 24 MPG on the highway and 20 MPG combined driving.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Interior

9.6/10

The passenger compartment of the 2017 E-Class also shows a similar split personality, with the 5-passenger Sedan and 7-passenger Wagon raising the quietness, comfort and overall accommodating ambiance of the 4-place Coupe and Cabrio to a discernably higher plane.-kbb.com

Its cabin is lathered in genuine leather with heated front seats that are supremely comfortable yet supportive, the thick-rimmed steering wheel features Alcantra hand grips and touch pads on each spoke and the dash is dominated by 2 12.3 inch high resolution screens; a configurable digital instrument display in front of the driver and a multi-media screen in the centre that features Benz latest interface for functions such as the sat nav, vehicle settings, phone and internet connections and the high-grade burmester audio system with digital radio and smartphone mirroring.

Seating and Comfort

E43 is just as spacious inside as standard e class. It's more supportive sports seats come with electrical adjustment to help you get comfortable. You even get 4-way electrically adjustable lumbar support as standard to help reduce backache on long journeys.

Both front seats come with height adjustment. The back seats are made easy by the wide rear door openings. There's more than enough leg and headroom for passengers over 6-foot tall to get comfortable and the seats recline slightly.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/57.8/41.3

37.2/57.5/41.3

37.1/56.9/41.5

39.4/58.3/45.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/56.9/35.8

37.8/56.3/37.4

37.6/56.4/36.6

38.2/57.1/35.0

In comparison, the front seats of the Genesis G80 Sport has the best space in terms of headroom, shoulder room and leg room. However, the back-seat head room is equal in the AMG E43 and G80 Sport at 38.2 inches, shoulder room is almost identical at 56.9 and 57.1 inches respectively. Audi A6 has the best rear seat legroom at 37.4 inches.

Infotainment

E43 models ditch the standard E class rather disappointing 8.4-inch central display in favour of a larger, brighter and more responsive 12.3-inch screen. It takes pride of place on the dashboard and you control it using a scroll wheel and touchpad on the centre console.

The standard satellite navigation system receives a much-needed upgrade in E43 with higher resolution graphics and more detailed maps. Also, it comes with shortcut buttons that aid in quick skips between key features, but they're located high up on the dashboard rather than on the centre console where the hand rests naturally.

It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard, so you can use your phone's satellite navigation and music streaming apps through the car's built-in displays if you prefer.

Cargo Space

E43 13.1 cu. Ft is identical to the standard saloon. There's more than enough space to carry bags or large suitcases but the Mercedes raised boot opening means it's not quite as easy to pack full of bulky items.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

13.1

14.1

17.8

15.3

In terms of cargo space, Mercedes has the least volume. jaguar XF S has the best trunk volume at 17.8 cu. Ft followed by Genesis G80 sport at 15.3 cu. Ft. Audi A6 has the third largest trunk by volume at 14.1 cu. Ft.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Exterior

9.5/10

While the 2-door E-Class models stand tastefully pat in their current wrappers, the Sedan and Wagon receive full restyles that bring each more into line with the sleeker-looking S-Class and C-Class.-kbb.com

Dimensions and weight

The E43 is very much the understated sedan. It might not suit those who are looking for flared arches, loud and showy additions but to those who like to cruise along in negative anonymity, it's the perfect car. The 20-inch alloy wheels are attractive and as always, the E-class design is cohesive and stylish. From side on particularly, there's little to give the game away at all.

2017 Mercedes Benz AMG E43 is 194.6 inches in length and 73.2 inches in width. Ground clearance is 4.8 inches which gives it a low centre of gravity. Wheelbase is 115.7 inches which provides for ample amount of space and comfort for the passengers. Height is 57 inches which provides for good aerodynamic stance.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Curb weight (lbs.)

4145

4023

3880

4674

Length(in)

194.6

194.2

195.2

196.5

Width(in)

73.2

73.8

78.2

74.4

Height(in)

57

57.8

57.4

58.3

Ground clearance (in)

4.8

4.6

4.1

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

115.7

114.6

116.5

118.5

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/62.9

64.1/63.7

61.4/61.8

63.8/64.3

In comparison, Genesis G80 is the longest at 196.5 inches and tallest at 58.3 inches. Jaguar is the widest and the lowest among the competition at 78.2 inches and 4.1 inches respectively. Wheelbase is 118.5 inches in Genesis G80 Sport which provides for maximum comfort and space.

Exterior Features

  • LED exterior lighting
  • Chrome diamond-block grille
  • AMG body styling

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Safety

AMG E43 is loaded with advanced safety systems designed to keep you safe as you cruise along. Some features helped the standard E-class achieve an impressive 5-star safety rating. Some features are listed below: -

  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Drosswind assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Active brake assist
  • 360-degree surround-view camera
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Head-up display
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane change assist
  • Park assist
  • Mercedes Pre-Safe Plus

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG E43 vs Jaguar XF S

Jaguar XF S looks gorgeous and handles like a panther. It does have the power to match with the AMG E43, but it doesn't have the quality that is expected at the price. It might be $8,000 cheaper than Mercedes, but it doesn't have the luxury and technology that the latter offers. Also, Jag suffers from reliability issues which also makes it a difficult choice. XF S might have better fuel economy and excellent boot space but doesn't come close in the comfort and space with inspiring performance as AMG E43 provides.

Mercedes Benz AMG E43 vs Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

Audi A6 is almost $15,000 cheap than AMG E43. This only might make the buyers a little more cautious in their purchase. It's 3.0 L TFSI V6 never fails to impress but AMG tuned E43 has a massive advantage when it comes to performance at 396 horses. It doesn't have the agility and doesn't provide much confidence at speeds. The interior feels old in comparison to E43 but the price is the only factor that can affect the buyer's mind while choosing between these two.

Mercedes Benz AMG E43 vs Genesis G80 Sport

Compared to the AMG E43, the G80 isn't quite luxurious, feature rich nor it can match the performance and handling offered by the AMG however, its spacious and offers comfortable ride. The real benefit of Genesis though is its lower price. The Mercedes AMG E43 is absolutely awesome but if you're budget conscious, Genesis G80 is a good buy.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Final Verdict

No matter where or how you do it, the E43 is a brilliant all-rounder. It's a genuine luxury car for all the times you want to be pampered and exciting enough as a sports sedan for the other times when you want to be thrilled.