There is only one E53 sedan model, and it's equipped with a turbocharged inline-six engine with mild-hybrid assistance. The engine produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It transfers the power to the road via an AMG-tuned version of Merc's 4MATIC+ AWD system.
The only letdown on the inside is the lack of leather upholstery. Instead, Mercedes gives owners a combination of leatherette and Dinamica. Quality-wise, it's stunning. The new steering wheel design is epic, as is the layout of the dual 12.3-inch screens. One screen serves as a digital instrument cluster, while the other is the main infotainment hub. It comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and MBUX. It plays audio via a 13-speaker Burmester sound system.
Other luxury items include dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, a power trunk, and a 64-color ambient lighting system.
Driver assistance features include attention assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Mercedes-AMG E53 has a base price of $75,000 in the USA, excluding the $1,050 destination charge. By comparison, the 63 S sedan costs almost $35,000 more. We don't care who you are, that figure should at least make you think twice about how much speed you need.
There are various packages available to enhance looks, safety, and luxury. You can choose between the AMG Night Package or the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package on the style side, or switch out the power moonroof for a panorama roof. You might also be tempted by the no-cost decklid badge delete option.
The Driver Assistance Package is a must, if only for the added peace of mind. It adds 15 driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, active Stop & Go Assist, active lane-keeping assist, active blind-spot assist, and evasive steering assist, to name a few. Intelligent LED headlamps can be optioned on as part of the Exterior Lighting Package, and an AMG Performance Exhaust can be selected.
In the cabin, the Warmth & Comfort Package can also be added on for rapid front-seat heating and includes heated front armrests. Switching out the standard seat belts for red items won't cost you anything, but you can spend between $500 and $600 on wrapping the steering wheel in Dinamica or a combination of Dinamica and Nappa leather. Standalone options include ventilated front seats, a head-up display, heated rear seats, or a banging 23-speaker high-end Burmester surround sound system.
There's only one model in the 2022 Mercedes-AMG A53 sedan lineup, so it's a worthwhile exercise to see how much you end up spending once you add all of the nice options.
We went for a Cardinal Red body, black 20-inch AMG wheels, and the AMG Night Package. On the inside, we added Black Nappa leather and the AMG Carbon Fiber trim, as well as the Warmth & Comfort Package with more effective heating in front. Finally, we added the Driver Assistance Package, an AMG Head-Up Display, and the high-end Burmester 3D surround-sound system.
The total for this car came to nearly $95,000, including the destination. It's a lot of money, but still cheaper than the E63 S.