Mercedes-AMG E63 review – interior and tech

The E-class interior isn’t transformed in the AMG, but that’s far from a problem when the original architecture is so well suited

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The E-class’s interior is a mix of well-placed, ergonomically pleasing controls, decent materials (Nappa leather and standard carbonfibre), and the sort of trinkets you might expect on an expensive Mercedes, such as coloured interior lights, twin-LCD screens and fancy analogue clocks. Despite being an AMG, however, there aren’t many overtly sporty elements to the interior, although AMG’s latest steering wheel design, complete with two small LCD screens, definitely raises the sporting factor.

A pair of heavily bolstered front seats are standard, but the hard-backed buckets that used to be on the options list are no longer available. The standard units are supportive and comfortable, and feel less over-padded than the seats in the BMW M5 Competition.

Mercedes’ newest MBUX infotainment system hasn’t quite migrated to the E-class yet – that will happen with its imminent facelift – but the previous Mercedes unit is still very functional, even if it lacks BMW’s crispness or an Audi MMI-Touch Pro’s user-friendliness.

Look beyond the upholstered sections and you’ll spot a few cheap plastics around the centre console and door mouldings, but all things considered they’re not a deal-breaker.

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