Why should I want it?
The Mercedes-AMG E63S Estate does it all. At a very basic level it’s a large automatic estate car capable of comfortable commuting or transporting the family and luggage on holiday. On the other level it has truly supercar-rivalling pace from the 612hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 harnessed by a sophisticated 4×4 system.
Why can’t I have it?
With a few options selected you’re reaching a P11D above £100,000. While the 30.1mpg official fuel figure may not seem that bad, you’re looking at a real-world number nearer 22mpg. Obviously, that also means a CO2 figure of 214g/km and a BIK band of 37%. Servicing costs on Mercedes’ AMG cars aren’t low either.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
It’s a big practical car, and the only car you’ll ever need. You’re unlikely to get stuck when it’s snowy either, because it has all-wheel drive. The boot is a gargantuan 640 litres. It also looks quite subtle, too, so clients may not realise how you’re spending their money.
More fleety alternative
There are several more sensible alternatives without having to leave the E-class range. For nearly £40,000 less (£63,835), you can have an E53 AMG estate which is still capable of 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Or if diesel is a must, then the E400d (pictured) for £53,140 will hit 60mph in 5.1 seconds but has an official fuel figure of 46.3mpg.
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