2019 Mercedes AMG E 63 vs. 2019 Porsche Panamera

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The AMG E 63’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the AMG E 63 inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the AMG E 63. But it costs extra on the Panamera.

To help make backing safer, the AMG E 63’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The AMG E 63’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E 63 and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.


There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG E 63’s warranty.


The AMG E 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 273 more horsepower (603 vs. 330) and 296 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 331) than the Panamera’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The AMG E 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 163 more horsepower (603 vs. 440) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 405) than the Panamera 4S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6. The AMG E 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 150 more horsepower (603 vs. 453) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 457) than the Panamera GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8. The AMG E 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 626) than the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mercedes AMG E 63 is faster than the Porsche Panamera turbo V6:

AMG E 63


Zero to 30 MPH

1.1 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.7 sec

11.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.8 sec

5.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.5 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

107 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Mercedes AMG E 63 S Sedan was clocked 3.8 seconds faster than the Porsche Panamera Turbo (175.4 sec. vs. 179.2 sec.).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG E 63 higher (5 out of 10) than the Porsche Panamera (3 to 5). This means the AMG E 63 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Panamera every 15,000 miles.


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E 63, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Panamera.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG E 63’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Panamera:

AMG E 63


Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The AMG E 63 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The AMG E 63 stops shorter than the Panamera:

AMG E 63


70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The AMG E 63’s 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Panamera’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E 63 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Panamera.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the AMG E 63 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Panamera, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG E 63’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Panamera doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG E 63 S Sedan handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Panamera Turbo pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The AMG E 63 Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4. The AMG E 63 Sedan has standard seating for 5.

Cargo Capacity

The AMG E 63 Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Panamera.

AMG E 63


Third Seat Folded

35 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

47.3 cubic feet

The AMG E 63 Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Panamera Sport Turismo.

AMG E 63


Third Seat Folded

35 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


18.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

49 cubic feet

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release in the glovebox, the AMG E 63 offers cargo security. The Panamera’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.


The AMG E 63 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The AMG E 63’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Panamera.

The AMG E 63 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the AMG E 63 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG E 63 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Panamera doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG E 63’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

The AMG E 63 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the AMG E 63 will retain 48.19% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Panamera only retains 42.42% to 48.11%.


Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and they ranked the Mercedes AMG E 63 S Sedan two places higher than the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

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