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Mercedes-Benz E53 vs Maserati MC20

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Mercedes-Benz E53
Mercedes-Benz E53

$124,990 - $124,990

2021 price

Maserati MC20
Maserati MC20

$458,888 - $458,888

2022 price


2021 Mercedes-Benz E53
2022 Maserati MC20
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Turbo 6, 3.0L

Twin Turbo V6, 3.0L
Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded/Electric

Premium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
9.3L/100km (combined)

10.3L/100km (combined)

  • Hard door-bin plastics
  • Front doors are too long
  • Steering could be better

  • Lacks standard safety gear
  • Luggage space precludes long road trips. One cupholder
  • Scissor doors impede access for taller folk
2021 Mercedes-Benz E53 Summary

The E53 range broke new ground for Mercedes-AMG when it debuted in 2018. Not only was it the E-Class large car’s new ‘entry-level’ performance option, but it was also Affalterbach’s first model to combine an inline six-cylinder engine with a mild-hybrid system.

Needless to say, the E53 was an intriguing prospect at the time, and now it’s come back into frame following a midlife facelift, which doesn’t appear to mess with what turned out to be a rather successful formula.

And with an E63 S flagship performance option still not available in the two-door E-Class line-up, the E53 is as good as it gets. But as you’ll find out when you read this review of its Coupe body-style, that is actually really great news. Happy reading.

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2022 Maserati MC20 Summary

With Ferrari leaving the Fiat-Chrysler family and becoming an independent entity in 2016, Maserati was left without a technology partner.

Suddenly, the Trident brand had to go it alone and come up with its own engines for the first time in more than 20 years. The MC20 sports-car is the result of that rebirth.

While there’s no doubt the Maserati brand has the currency to pull this off, the MC20 is also a big step outside the company’s usual grand-tourer box.

The new coupe is aimed at McLaren, Porsche and even Ferrari buyers, so can the first true Maserati sports car since the MC12 of 2004 walk the walk? And let’s not forget that the MC12 was Ferrari Enzo-based…

No-compromise cars are often the ones that impose the most compromises, and in that sense, the MC20’s shattering on-paper performance means its greatest attributes can’t be enjoyed on a public road.

That’s why this review was conducted entirely on Philip Island’s 4.4km Grand Prix layout. As a result, we can’t tell you much about parking ease or highway fuel consumption. But as for the things that give a super-sports car its identity, read on.

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