2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 scintillates with smooth performance


After a few minutes in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan, I have to get out and check the badge on the trunklid. Is this really an E-Class and not the smaller, sportier C-Class? The mid-size E-Class has always been smooth, but when did it become so fun to drive?

Sure enough, I’m in the refreshed 2021 E53 sedan, and there is no such thing as a C53 (maybe there should be). The E53’s sporty character dates back to when it was introduced for the 2019 model year, but this car is updated with a revised look and new technology, including a first-of-its kind steering wheel.

The steering wheel is part of the fun, and it represents most of what’s new about the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53. It’s a chunky, small-diameter, flat-bottom AMG wheel that feels sporty because of its size and the urgency with which the car reacts when it’s turned. It’s also a control hub for many of the interior…

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