2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon first drive review: The finest bagel hauler Page 2

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The E63 S is the closest thing to a German muscle car, and that means it’s puffed up and pumped up in every way.

The wagon shares the E 63 sedan’s front fenders that swell out two-thirds of an inch compared to those of a pedestrian E-Class to house the wide, staggered 20-inch wheels and tires. Like every AMG today, quad exhaust finishers out back give away that this car comes from Affalterbach. Gaping front air intakes contribute to an overall menacing look, yet somehow the E 63 S wagon's design comes off as understated.

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon

Inside, the E63 S wagon combines the luxury of an E-Class with a dash of sport. The black nappa leather flat-bottom steering wheel and front sport seats that hug in all the right places both remind occupants this isn’t a standard E-Class wagon; it's an AMG. However, the utility is really the star, with 35.0 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. That swells to a crossover SUV-like 64.0 cubes with the second row folded.

Priced from $107,945 to start, the E63 S wagon is downright expensive—especially at $130,300 as tested. Fully loaded, the wagon can cost more than $140,000.

While there are a grand total of zero direct competitors, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offer about the same performance and people hauling capabilities. The Jeep costs much less, while the tech-laden Porsche runs far more.

The 2018 E63 S wagon occupies a weird space, and AMG knows it as it only sells about 300 a year in the U.S.

For those 300 buyers, the bagel run will never become boring.

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon

2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

Base price: $107,945
Price as tested: $130,300
Body styles: sedan, wagon
Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, 603 hp and 627 lb-ft
Transmission: 9-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Performance: 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds; top speed, 180 mph (electronically limited)
The bottom line: It’s in a class of its own, which is fine because sometimes bagel runs could use more than 600 horsepower.

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