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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 14, 2019


The Mercedes Benz E class was always the epitome of luxury automobiles. This is the 6th generation of E class and it follows a classy taste rather than being logical or flamboyant that the competitors are religious about. But there is more to the E class than just geeky features an upmarket quality. The AMG magicians tuned the Mercedes conventional engine to a fire breathing monster. This comes in the shape of the AMG E 53 which replaces the E 43 for 2019.

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Pros

Revised design and posh cabin

High possibility of customization

AMG tuned engine

Cons

The suspension feels a little stiff

What's New?

The AMG E 53 is all new for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$80350

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

186 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

429 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

384 lbs.-ft @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.1/62.8

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

190.6 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.2 in.

curb weight

4602 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

9.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

155 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/26 mpg

highway range

452.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible in designo Selenite Grey Magno color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible in Polar White color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible in Lunar Blue Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible in designo Diamond White Metallic color
designo Selenite Grey Magno

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.8

Safety

9.1

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Base

Base

power
429 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$80,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) Starting at $80,350 MSRP (20/23/26) 429 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

9.0

Overall Rating


The E 53 initiates the AMG line in the E class territory, though you have to pay $72,550 to get the E 53. This Merc employs a 3.0L Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric engine paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine hammers out 429 horsepower and 384-pound-feet of torque. This E class is good enough to challenge segment leaders like the BMW 5 series, Genesis G80, and Lexus LS.

2019 Mercedes Benz E 53 AMG Cabriolet front view
2019 Mercedes Benz E 53 AMG Cabriolet front view
2019 Mercedes Benz E 53 AMG Cabriolet rear view
2019 Mercedes Benz E 53 AMG Cabriolet rear view

 

8.8/10
Engine and Performance

 
 
 
 

9.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Features

Being a Mercedes executive offering, the E class is all about comfort and luxury. Merc knocked down the E43 and added a new AMG-fied mutant called the AMG E53. This variant kick starts the AMG line for the E class. You get a drastic spike in power and price followed by a series of safety, sport, and convenience feature upgrades. Generally, people going for an E class are the seekers of comfort and luxury though for the people who want an aggressive ride while maintaining their impeccable taste of luxury will love this AMG E 65.

Trim

Mercedes Benz AMG E53

MSRP

$73,700

Key

Features

19-inch wheels

 

AMG-developed or -tuned powertrain and suspension components

 

Blind-spot monitoring and simulated suede upholstery

 

Adaptive suspension

 

LED headlights

 

Auto-dimming mirrors

 

Sunroof

 

Keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Ambient lighting

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The E 53 sits at the summit of the E class convertible lineup. You don’t have much of a choice from there though you can add optional Convenience Or Premium package if you want.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Engine and Performance

8.8/10

"The E53's engine is well mannered at idle and cruising speeds. We're most impressed with its sharp response to every prod of the throttle and the virtual absence of turbo lag"- Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The E-class is not a meek lineup, it has various layers and each trim has a diversity of its own. There is a multicity of configurations and a couple of engine options. Where the E 300 and E 450 were more humble, the AMG E 53 comes with a different engine and extravehicular aggression. Mercedes used different chemistry to devise the E 53. The sedan harbors an AMG enhanced 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo with EQ Boost and electric Auxiliary compressor engine mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The engine can muster 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

Price

$73,700

$77,650

$65,100

Engine

3.0L Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

3.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V6

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

6 Speed manual

8-speed

Horsepower

429 @ 6100

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

349 @ 5400

Torque

384 @ 1800

406 ft-lbs @ 1850 rpm

369 @ 1370

The power is not mad but far better than what the base variants can accumulate. You will witness the same conundrum of comfort and sportiness, what you will not is the AMG tuned E 43 which stepped down to let the E 53 take the lead. The 9-speed automatic transmission is a perfect fit for the powertrain. The seamless power delivery topped with the ready to use bombshells of power is equivalent to a rollercoaster ride.

Acceleration

The AMG tuned engine roars its way through the freeway, in milliseconds you hit the rpm redline. You have constant power ready to be tapped in, probably a lot more than you will need a luxury executive. As you jab the pedal from the standstill the E 53 dashes off to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Other cars like the Lexus is equivalent in luxury standard but in drag, the LS 500 will eat dust. Though the Beemer's potent engine earns it an edge against the E53.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

0-60 MPH

4.3 seconds

4.3 sec

4.3*

Quarter mile

12.4 seconds

13.4 sec

12.9

Engine

3.0L

3.0L i6

3.0L

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

Braking

The pedal feels firm and composed, it has a quick bite and a slow progression on low rpms. The front brakes are rated at 14.6 inches and the rear at 14.2 inches which is ideal for a sedan of this size. This Merc's braking system lives up to the name and can easily counter the AMG's aggressive speed. It takes a heartbeat to deploy brakes and halt from the speed of 60 mph and it takes 115 feet for closure.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

Brake Front (in.)

14.6

15

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

14.6

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

N/A

4055

4211

70-0 MPH (ft.)

115

N/A

N/A

Ride and handling

Mercedes Benz is fond of deception, they assembled their cars with fills of features and premium interior quality, this might con you to doubt the ride quality in a way but that where you have been played. The AMG E53 growling engine will spark goosebumps in every purist's heart. It's hard to believe that it's the standard 3.0L Turbocharged inline-6 engine from Mercedes warehouse. The AMG spells did a number on it and made it a tarmac melting dragon, that might be a little hyperbole.

The engine is assisted by a 48-volt electric starter generator which slides in 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The battery kills any lag and ensures a seamless power delivery. Also, with the AMG's bold styling comes a jacked up suspension the Benz stable 4Matic All-wheel-drive. The E 53 feels planted and the quick shifting 9-speed automatic makes downshifting fun. Mercedes also crafted a "Drift mode" for the automobile extremist out there.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Fuel Economy

The pedal feels firm and composed, it has a quick bite and a slow progression on low rpms. The front brakes are rated at 14.6 inches and the rear at 14.2 inches which is ideal for a sedan of this size. This Merc's braking system lives up to the name and can easily counter the AMG's aggressive speed. It takes a heartbeat to deploy brakes and halt from the speed of 60 mph and it takes 115 feet for closure.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

MPG (city)

21

18

21

MPG (highway)

28

25

29

MPG (combined)

23

20

24

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Interior

"It shouldn't be a surprise that the 4- and 5-passenger interiors of the AMG E-Class variants closely match those of the standard models. Still, AMG-specific details help these Mercedes performance models stand out even on the inside. Red trim throughout the cabin, for instance, more than hints at the flashes of anger under the hood"-KBB

Seating and Comfort

While other brands support logic and mutated designs, Merc keeps it simple with its evergreen design a plush quality. The front seats can be electrically adjustment with memory system to make you feel comfortable. The E Class takes a page from the S class's book as they share the same material quality. The sweeping digital dashboard is a treat to look at. Mercedes E Class blends technology with class better than other marquees.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

Passenger capacity

5

4

4

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

40.9/56.1/41.8

39.8/55.3/42.2

40/55.3/41.3

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

36.4/50.3/34.1

36.1/51.7/33.7

36.3/46.9/33.1

In a time when cars are adopting tech at an exponential rate. Even A-B commuters are equipped with state of the art smartphone integration. Luxuries like heated and ventilated seats are available as standard options for many budget cars. What about the cars that defined luxury? The Mercedes E Class brings in luxury that was pretty much unheard of.

Infotainment

The standard satellite navigation system is good but not like AMG models as they get enhanced features. The shortcut buttons to use the beautiful infotainment are placed in the natural hand-resting position when driving the car.

The main attraction is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which is placed adjacent to the central screen of the same size. The Merc also offers a 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi system, rear-seat entertainment package, and wireless phone-charging. To work the touchpad a bit of skill is needed but when you drive it daily, it gets to you and you feel very connected.

Interior Features

  • Head-Up Display
  • Wood/Leather Steering Wheel
  • Active Multicontour Front Seats W/Massage
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Soft-Close Doors
  • Prewiring For Rear Seat Entertainment And Comfort Adapter
  • Burmester High End 3D Surround Sound System
  • Digital Instrument Cluster
  • AIR BALANCE Cabin Air Fragrance And Filtration System
  • Rapid Heating Functionality For Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • 3-Zone Climate Control
  • Power Rear-Window Sunshade
  • Illuminated Door Sills

Cargo Volume

The standard E class boot space is 15 cubic feet through the AMG variants were ripped off of 5 cubic feet to deliver a total of 10 cubic feet. Things with the Convertible variant is even worst due to the sloping roofline. 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. Also, the competitors were more resourceful while planning the cargo bay.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

Cargo Volume (ft.3) seat 3

10

11.0

7.2

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Exterior

"The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E-Class sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon retain the same crisp lines as the standard models, but are emboldened with aggressive cues. The AMG sedans sit slightly lower, and all models have AMG body styling with unique fascias"-Edmunds

Design and Styling

The E Class carries the persona of an unfussy high-end German car very well. The design follows subtle lines and the Convertible roofline which smartly merge with the trunk lid. The E 53 is a classic luxury more than anything else, if you want geeky features and hyperbole designs than your money is better off with an Audi. The design has been there for quite some time and doesn't show any signs of aging. Most E Class buyers actually appreciate this understated opulence. The AMG variant comes with a more aggressive demeanor when it comes to styling, you get AMG body styling, all LED exterior, and AMG Nappa Leather steering wheel and other sports upgrades.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,583

3625

4211

Length(in)

190

184.5

184.7

Width(in)

73.2

73.6

72.7

Height(in)

57

54.4

54.4

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

4.7

NA

Wheelbase (in)

113.1

110.7

108.9

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/62.9

62.2/63.1

62.5/61.7

Dimensions and Weight

2019 Mercedes Benz E 53 sedan is 195.4 inches in length and 73.2 inches in width making it a tad bigger than the Convertible variant. The Wheelbase is 113.1 inches which are relatively shorter and yields a smaller turning radius. The height is 57 inches which provide for good aerodynamic stance. The E 450 weighs at 4134 which doesn't have much of an impact on its speed.

Exterior Features-

  • 19" AMG Twin 5-Spoke Wheels
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Black Mirror Housing Cover
  • 18" AMG 5-Spoke Wheels W/Black Accents
  • Wheel Locks
  • 19" AMG Twin 5-Spoke Wheels W/Black Accents
  • Accessory Styling Package
  • Chrome Door Handle Inserts
  • LED Logo Projectors
  • Illuminated Star
  • Panorama Roof

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Safety

9.1/10

It takes time and works to build reliable cars, however, Mercedes has been around for a lot of time and proved its safety suit's superiority. The same is reflected in the E class's standard safety features. The cluster of active and passive safety features is nothing short than impressive. However, it's still too soon for the E class to hit the brick wall for safety testing.

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Competition

BMW M4 Convertible vs Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

While Mercedes made some concrete changes with the E class line up, the M4 only added phone integration to its infotainment. Compared to the E53 both cars are evenly matched, as far as power goes, though in real-world BMW is a tad quicker than the Merc. On the other hand, the E53 is frugal and won't demand much on the gas station. Another area where Merc trumps the Beemer is the luxury quotient.

We would suggest you go with the AMG on this one as the brand takes care of your appetite for luxury and sportiness in a better way.

Audi S5 vs Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Audi keeps its tradition alive which futuristic interior and geeky feature list. Though the performance aspect of the S5 is not on the AMG level. Its considerably underpowered which reflects upon its modest performance. To take things further, S5's practicality is not that impressive and not enough to counter the E 53. Overall, Merc looks like the more lucrative choice but one cannot neglect Audi's low price which packs enough punch as a whole offer. At the end of the day, you get what you paid with both cars.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Convertible Final Verdict

The Mercedes Benz E class represents extravagance and athleticism in an unparallel way. The plush interior and strong AMG bravado make it a gentlemen's pick while being a fire breathing wreaking machine. The E 53 knocks the E 43 AMG this year to be second to the mental E 63 S AMG. Some people advocate E class to be more comfort centric rather than being a sport and that's true for the base variants, but the AMG E53 is a perfect amalgamation of comfort and nimbleness.

Despite having so much power the engine does not gulp fuel like its competitors. The cargo volume is fair as well, so if you want a car that is sporty while the same time supports practicality in a tasteful way than the 2019 AMG E 53 is ready to impress you.