Mercedes E-Class AMG: Market Watch

The BMW M5 may dominate the super saloon sector but AMG versions of the Mercedes E-Class have always been there, the mismatch between the lunacy of the performance - the latest will hit 62mph in less than four seconds - and traditional sobriety of the looks always appealing. That ability to blend executive comfort with heroic performance makes a drive in any generation of AMG E-Class irresistible.

Monstrously fast yet prestigious and practical, both the saloons and estates offer genuinely astonishing performance, nearly all built around various forms of highly-tuned, hand-finished V8 powerplants. The capacity and induction has changed over the years though, with both supercharging and turbocharging employed - alongside normal aspiration - to enable AMG to wring every last horse out of their motors. And that has led to sky-high price tags, not to mention running costs to test the most optimistic man maths calculations.

But that wonder of the used car market - depreciation - has ensure that a few years down the line almost all of Mercedes mighty AMG E-Classes can be bought for just a fraction of their initial cost. So whether it's a boxy W210, a svelte W211 or a cutting edge W212 that most takes your fancy there's a charismatic AMG E-Class out there to suit almost all budgets.

But which - if any - are appreciating in value? Which make the best buys at the moment? And which AMG E-Classes are most likely to become future classics?

Mercedes Benz W210 E55 AMG (1996-2002)
Mercedes Benz W211 E55 AMG (2003-2009)

Mercedes Benz W212 E63 AMG(2009-)

Many thanks to Simon Thomas, Prestige Car Service, CKS Performance Ltd, Cliff Mealing, Steve Perrett, Mercedes-Benz World (0870 400 4000), Autoclass MK, the Mercedes Benz Owners forum and the MB Club for their help with this feature

Photos: Tom Begley

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  • MDMA . 25 Nov 2015

    it would have to be the W211 for me. friend had one. just looked and sounded right. not too OTT, just a hint of what it could be capable of.

    wouldn't like to think what the running costs would be for a daily though.

  • DKL 25 Nov 2015

    Your dates are a bit squiffy ^^ e55 stopped in 06 and e63 starts, as is in the article.
    s211 estate here, its great.

  • Leins 25 Nov 2015

    I wish a W124 E60 could be bought for a small fraction of its original cost

  • buckline 25 Nov 2015

    Timely as i have the W212 estate in my sights as the "new" family car. I was hoping to do a comparison with the new shape RS6 but the Audi's are holding their value comparatively well; so only the S6 Avant will come into play. I suspect i know which one will come out on top though.

  • eldoncino 25 Nov 2015

    I run an W210 E55 as a daily driver, 8 miles each way, just about gets time to warm up the 8 litres of oil. It averages around 18mpg, but on a run, driving like a grandad the heady heights of 30mpg are possible! Be prepared to spend the money when it comes to servicing and budget £1000 a year (for a higher mileage example). Tyres are around £180 a corner for decent ones.

    Expect to have to fix oil leaks, the gaskets and o-rings on these engines are pretty old now. The traction control is pretty basic and cuts power a bit too much when it kicks in.

    Mine has rusty wings and for some reason, someone did a bad job of fitting an aftermarket sunroof at some point in its life which no longer works banghead

    But very comfy, refined and comically quick for the money and with 2 of the 4 cats removed it sounds fantastic.

    Do it!

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