2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Overview – Delightfully Odd

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Overview – Delightfully Odd

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S Coupe AWD Quick Info

4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with electrical generator starter increase (fuel engine 603 horsepower @ 5,750-6,500 rpm; generator as much as 21 hp/184 lb-ft of torque; fuel engine 627 lb-ft @ 2,500-4,500 rpm)

9-speed automated transmission, all-wheel drive

15 metropolis / 19 freeway / 17 mixed (EPA Ranking, MPG)

16.3 metropolis / 12.8 freeway / 14.7 mixed. (NRCan Ranking, L/100km)

Base Worth: $116,000 (U.S) / $135,300 (Canada)

As Examined: $134,000 (U.S.) / $160,400 (Canada)

Costs embody $1,050 vacation spot cost in america and N/A for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be straight in contrast.

I’ve lengthy struggled to grasp the existence of four-door hatchbacks which are known as “coupes” (to me, a coupe has two, not 4, doorways), have sloping rooflines, and are usually bought by import luxurious manufacturers.

I wrestle lots much less when one is hopped up on the vehicular model of steroids.

Earlier this yr, the native press fleet despatched me a 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – what a mouthful of a reputation – and I used to be a bit confounded by its motive to exist. There isn’t one, identical to with the Durango Hellcat, I suppose. But, like with the Hellcat, its on-road conduct makes a convincing case.

It additionally proved surprisingly adept at serving to a relative transfer, although its utility is proscribed by that very same sloping roofline. However I digress.

The attention-popping numbers on supply from the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 are, properly, ridiculous. Yup, that’s 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque lurking. As you may think, passing and merging aren’t precisely chores.


We even have available a nine-speed automated transmission that truly appears to work as marketed, and (principally) with out tough shifts.

One would possibly fear {that a} comparatively tall four-door “coupe” would undergo with regards to dealing with, however whereas the GLE 63 reveals some physique roll, it’s principally muted, and the AMG air suspension with adaptive damping bends the legal guidelines of physics a good bit. If you need true sports-car dealing with, store elsewhere, however in order for you a luxurious SUV that may maintain you entertained while traversing the suburbs, the GLE 63 will give you the results you want.

Sadly, even the AMG therapy doesn’t maintain the steering from feeling greater than slightly synthetic. I discover myself writing that lots nowadays, regarding autos throughout the worth spectrum, as a result of it’s apparently tough for automakers to make digital steering techniques really feel pure. Even with a efficiency subbrand like AMG engaged on it. The excellent news is that the GLE 63 isn’t the worst offender, by far, and the steering being on the sunshine facet makes commuting a bit simpler.

It’s quick in a straight line, it sounds cool, it will possibly haul a bunch of transferring containers – what else is life with the GLE like? Effectively, I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak in regards to the inside, which is a blended bag. I like Mercedes’ digital cockpit generally – the gauges look cool and are straightforward to learn. I’m much less impressed by the steering-wheel controls – the educational curve is only a bit too steep. Sure, that is considerably of a car-reviewer drawback, since house owners would ultimately be taught the controls, nevertheless it’s annoying nonetheless.

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It’s not the small mouse-pad-like controllers on the wheel that gave me agita, they’re straightforward to make use of. It’s the fixed menu diving and the truth that some primary controls don’t appear apparent at first look. On the extra constructive facet of the ledger, I favored the swap for the drive modes, which is mounted on the wheel and straightforward to see and manipulate rapidly whereas decreasing the period of time your eyes are taken off the highway.

I additionally appreciated the texture of the mushy Dinamica materials on my arms whereas driving.

What I didn’t admire, or moderately had a troublesome time wrapping my noggin round, was the worth. The bottom worth – the MSRP wanted simply to get within the door, so to talk – is $116,000. Even accounting for all of the AMG goodies – the twin-turbo V8, the AMG suspension, the digital limited-slip differential, and the drive-mode system – the quantity pops the eyes.

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You do get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless entry, the twin 12.3-inch screens for infotainment and gauges, navigation, Burmeister audio, satellite tv for pc radio, ambient lighting, heated and cooled entrance seats, dual-zone automated local weather management, wi-fi charging, panoramic roof, consideration help, active-brake help, blind-spot help, LED lighting, and adaptive high-beam help. Carbon-fiber trim value $1,750 and the Nappa leather-based seats one other $250, with these fees being wrapped into the bottom sticker.

Choices included a $1,500 carbon-fiber engine cowl, $400 for the efficiency steering wheel, $2,000 (!) for the 22-inch carbon-fiber wheels, and $1,950 for a driver-assistance package deal containing most of at present’s frequent digital safety-assistance options. For $1,050, the heated entrance seats obtained heated extra quickly and the armrests and door panels additionally heated up (that’s, uh, pointless?). One other $1,650 added massaging seats and $750 added a entrance splitter and different exterior look bits. $1,100 added extra sound deadening and $4,550 (you learn that proper) added an excellent higher-end model of the Burmeister audio system.

With the $1,050 vacation spot price, the cost was $134,000. Yikes.

You additionally can pay on the pump, usually, because of EPA-estimated numbers of 15 mpg metropolis/19 mpg freeway/17 mpg mixed.

On the one hand, the excessive sticker worth kind of is smart – AMG’s signature doesn’t come low cost, and the AMG contact makes the GLE 63 a fun-to-drive ute that may be docile when pushed gently. To not point out there’s loads of Mercedes’ luxurious, and if one is even handed with the choice field, one can maintain the worth near base.

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However, as properly put collectively because the package deal is, the worth appears laborious to justify, even given the luxurious options. On but the different hand, neither luxurious nor efficiency vehicles are often a rational buy. They’re toys and/or standing symbols and/or rolling homes of pampering, and are priced as such.

That stated, this Mercedes is a bit odd, because of its styling and “coupe” designation, and it’s additionally pleasant.

Simply be sure your checking account has quite a lot of zeroes behind it.

What’s New for 2021

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe (man I’m uninterested in typing that) is redesigned, including energy and new expertise options.

Who Ought to Purchase It

The overpaid techno fetishist with a necessity for velocity.

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