We declared the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon to be the superior superwagon in our comparability take a look at the place we pit it towards the 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant. Nevertheless! There’s an epilogue to this story.
Along with having fun with the almost 1,200 horsepower of German muscle on the highway, we determined to see which is the higher household truckster in terms of loading up for a highway journey. Welcome to the Superwagon Baggage Take a look at!
To maintain issues according to each different baggage take a look at we’ve executed in Michigan (versus Riswick’s out in Portland), we used the identical array of suitcases and baggage. This consists of two carry-on suitcases sized (24 inches lengthy, 15.5 large, 10 deep); one carry-on suitcase (21.7L x 13.7W x 9 D); one medium-size suitcase it’s a must to test (24.5L x 16.8W x 11.5D) and two bigger, full-size suitcases (33.8L x 21.5W x 13D) and (28.1L x 18W x 10.5D).
The specs predict yet one more Mercedes victory, because it’s rated for 35 cubic-feet of house behind the rear seats to the Audi’s 30 cubic-feet. Nevertheless, higher numbers don’t at all times inform the entire story on this planet of bags stuffing.
Let’s begin with the Audi. Upon opening the hatch, it’s instantly obvious that Audi has compromised whole utility for optimum type — and boy does it look good. The roof angles downward into the pillars earlier than lastly standing up straight partway down the rear of the automotive. It’s just like how a crossover coupe’s roof angle cuts into what would in any other case be a sq., utilitarian form. Along with this, the hatch’s opening is on the slender facet. It’s already not wanting good versus the way more traditionally-shaped E 63 S Wagon.
We toss all however the one medium-sized bag in instantly, and all of it form of matches. The baggage are beneath the rear seat line, which means that you could nonetheless see uninhibited out the rear window. There’s one drawback with the wild card fancy bag (22L x 8.8W x 12D). It’s smushed within the nook. If it have been stuffed with un-squishable objects, there’s no method that dangerous would slot in the underside nook the place it’s. The RS 6 Avant’s width is sufficient to accommodate each full-size suitcases side-by-side, however there’s a restrict to how large it may possibly go.
Seeing nowhere else to go however up, we put the medium bag on prime. This ended up being a futile effort, although. It’s far too tall, and even switching up the orientation with one of many smaller baggage on prime wouldn’t work. As an anecdotal Deutschland apart, I rented an everyday A6 Avant in Germany a 12 months in the past, and it simply barely match 4 full-size suitcases (side-by-side and stacked one on one other). The roof angle virtually ruined that genius rental automotive thought, too, but it surely labored.
You need not do a lot investigative work or spec comparisons to infer that the Mercedes cargo space is bigger than the Audi’s. One have a look at its extra upright pillars and conventional wagon form makes it apparent that the geometry is in Stuttgart’s favor.
This hunch is proved after we stuff all the baggage minus the medium bag in simply. The load flooring within the Mercedes is lipless, in contrast to the Audi that forces you to raise objects up and out. It’s a small factor, but it surely makes loading and unloading this variety of baggage all that a lot simpler.
You’ll discover that the baggage behind the Mercedes have extra room to breathe. The flowery bag could be absolutely packed and left within the nook, and there’s nonetheless a superbly good view out the again. All that vacant house up prime bought us questioning …
Voila! The medium bag that was laughably too giant for the Audi matches above the opposite suitcases within the Mercedes. You’ll lose rearward imaginative and prescient on one facet and there is a probability it will fly ahead throughout sudden braking, however that is the place these additional cubes within the E 63 S Wagon turn out to be useful. Discover how the inside roofline angles upward from both facet of the automotive to make extra room for issues towards the ceiling. It’s this considerate design that permits you to stack the Mercedes larger. If we had one other suitcase and, crucially, a cargo cage to maintain suitcases from flying ahead, the Mercedes may safely match much more objects.
So there you’ve gotten your winner, once more. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon is a marvel of engineering. It’s invigorating and mind-tingling to drive on the suitable stretch of pavement. Plus, it’ll take you and your little ones on an extended highway journey with house to spare. The one factor lacking is the optionally available third row provided within the non-AMG wagon. If solely the youngsters may get pleasure from going 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds whereas sitting backwards … now we’re dreaming.
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