2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe | WUWM 89.7 FM

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a car whale and I mean that mostly in the nicest way, beyond its obvious looks.

The GLE Coupe is essentially a large SUV with a rounded rear end resembling a whale. If you don’t care about looks, Mercedes also offers the GLE as a square-back SUV.

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For the design, the designers basically copied the GLC sport-ute’s rotating round coil. It seems that Mercedes marketers decided that the rounded rear roofline enabled them to call the five-seater a ute coupe. I don’t buy it. Time will tell whether those who desire luxury will do so.

Regardless of the labels, if you can think of this as a Fastback SUV infused with luxury and performance, you’ll be thrilled, even if your name is Jonah. I tested the high-end AMG GLE 63 S Coupe in Selenite Gray. As Mercedes fans are well aware, put your initials AMG on anything and it’s going to be a great time.

AMG is the performance arm of Mercedes and the hand that makes its engines, and its assemblers sign off on each engine, assuring buyers that these are unique, potentially racetrack-worthy powerplants. This seemed to be the case.

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The heart of the GLE is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 weighing 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft. of torque. Its roar can make a Formula 1 rider jealous. The roar of the twin turbo’s throat is beautiful, and it’s something you can feel deep in your bones.

It’s a rocket too, easily hitting triple digits on the highway entrance ramp. Mercedes claims a top speed of 174 mph. This is special! Although you will never need it, or use all of it. car and driver The magazine tested the SUV version of the square and it did 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Can you say a supercar, eh, a truck?

The GLE goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds on the open road.

However, there are a bunch of fast cars and trucks these days, each of which seems to be celebrating the last days of the internal combustion engine (ICE).

But AMG takes its job very seriously and does an especially great job of tuning the control and suspension here to give the GLE Coupe a racer-like feel, even in a comfortable driving position. There are plenty of drive modes, too, from Race to Slippery, that help the standard AWD system handle snow and slope.

With great power comes great responsibility though. Hence the need for super brakes. The GLE installs monster 16.5-inch front disc brakes with red 6-piston AMG calipers. The braking is impressive.

The steering effort is on the heavy side, but it reacts well to the road and gives the GLE a distinct feel. In race mode, I slammed through multiple S-curves and curvy roads like a slot car in silicone tyres. I was stuck, often doubling or tripling the suggested rotational speeds.

Although heavy, at 5,390 pounds, the GLE never feels baggy or nimble, which is a huge feat with a car that is 70.2 inches tall and stands 7.5 inches off the ground. Oh, and you can raise and lower the car’s engine height by switching the console.

The ride is steady, but well controlled as the SUV rides on giant 21-inch tires. Some may want the Comfort setting to tell the shocks to increase ride damping, especially on choppy city streets. However, after a week I’m hardened enough to handle the solid feel and with such a quiet interior, the $1100 option increases insulation and window acoustics, you’re well insulated from road imperfections.

The interior also symbolizes you. The upgrade, just $250 features black quilted leather and suede seats that are heated, cooled and controlled via easy-to-access controls on the door panel. The instrument panel, doors and flat-top steering wheel include carbon fiber accents. But the stylish wheel costs an extra $400.


The interior of the GLE comes with quilted black leather and suede seats that are heated, cooled and controlled via easily accessible controls.

The Benz dashboard is well designed with two 12.3″ HD digital screens that blend together to appear as a two-foot-wide dashboard. The central infotainment part is a touchscreen with multiple functions, and there’s a redundant touchpad on the console for an unimaginable reason you might find more convenient. You will not.

Mercedes builds a lot of redundancy in the controls though. For example, its driving modes and suspension mods have at least three different switches and such to access them. The easiest is the circular knob located under the steering wheel hub.

The buttons, switches, and door stereo speaker bays are satin metal here while the dashboard, doors and part of the steering wheel are carbon fiber. The glossy black back cover at the front of the console opens to reveal the wireless charging station.

The seats are incredibly supportive and you can even extend the lower front seat cushion to provide extra support for long-legged drivers. The head restraints are also actuated and the steering wheel is an electric tilt/telescopic unit.

These well-formed seats heat up and cool down, naturally, but the steering wheel doesn’t heat up, although a suede-infused wheel coating helps reduce the need. Ironically, Mercedes is heating up the door armrests, thanks to a $1,050 options package. first time i saw it.

Get that, these ultra-comfortable seats also offer eight massage settings, all controlled via the large infotainment screen. This is a $1650 “Activation” package which I have to say is like having Magic Fingers to take the stress out of a long trip. These will be golden in flight, especially the setting that allows the pillows to massage your face.


The GLE’s roofline is low and can make it awkward for taller drivers to get in and out.

Although, it’s best to have the front seat passenger adjust these settings, or to set them before you start driving because tapping the screen can be distracting and sometimes difficult on a bumpy road.

Other interior goodies include a giant panoramic sunroof, and a killer Burmester surround sound stereo that might be able to muffle your neighbors’ ears if you turn it on all the way. Definitely party time, but at $4,550 it wouldn’t be at my party.

Safety systems are rife here, as you’d expect, but Mercedes-Benz insists on paying an extra $1,950 for a lot of it. This includes active levels of lane change assist, steering assist, brake assist and a variety of semi-autonomous features. This is an expensive car. I expect all security features to be standard.

The rear seats are a little tough here, but they are roomy and there’s reasonable cargo space behind the seats, as well as storage space hidden under the floor. You obviously lose some vertical storage space with the sloping rear roofline. But if you buy something large, you’ll probably pay for delivery anyway.

While there is joy in most respects, there are some concerns, other than those previously mentioned. First, the roofline is so low that even at 5’5″ I had to slow my head down drastically to get into the car. Taller drivers might find just how dangerous a GLE mount can be on their heads.

The massive roof pillars all the way from A to C along with the small rear window limit outside visibility. All safety warning systems and cameras help, but good visibility is the easiest way to make a vehicle safer.


The price of the GLE starts at $117,000 and with add-ons it can go up to $134,000.

Then there is the transmission shaft. While this was a popular spot for switchers years ago, it isn’t now. Many automakers put the windshield wiper stem on the right shaft now, so I found myself switching to neutral on the highway a few times when I meant to use the wipers. Not great.

Mercedes is also very concerned that you will leave your key in the GLE. Every time you enter and every time you exit a message lights up and beeps to remind you, “Don’t forget your key.” not necessary!

This is a big, heavy performance, so gas mileage is another concern. First, the GLE prefers high-octane gasoline to run at full power, but I only got 16 mpg in a week’s drive with more than half of it on the highway. The EPA rates the GLE at 15 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway. This looks like a good candidate for mixed power, and soon.

Prices may be too high for most people, too. GLE testing starts at $117,050, including delivery. Add the above options plus a few more, including luxury wheels and a $1,500 carbon-fiber hood, and the test price came out to $134,000.

This is way into the luxury market and while the performance and luxury interior may justify the price, I want a better looking all-in-one package.

Overview: 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

Hits: Super long 4×4 performance, great power, excellent handling, multiple driving modes, 4WD, quiet cabin. Luxurious leather interior with heated seats and armrests, killer stereo, huge sunroof, wireless charging, comfortable, well-designed seats with massage feature and dual 24-inch screens. Great brakes, safety systems and packs every feature except a heated steering wheel.

make mistake: Powerful ride, low ride height on entry and exit at door frame, no heated wheel, high octane gas drink and plenty of it. The single position of the column changer, the huge roof pillars, and the price may be a bit high!

Made in: Vance, Ala.

engine: 4.0L Bi-Turbo V8 with 603 HP

Connecting: 9 speed automatic

Weight: 5,390 lbs.

wheelbase: 117.9 inches

Length: 195.3 inches.

Shipping: 27.5-63.2 cubic feet

mpg: 15/19, 16.0 (tested)

base price: $117,050 (including delivery)

invoice: not available

The main options: AMG carbon fiber trim, $1750

AMG Black Nappa Leather with Diamond Stitching, $250

AMG carbon fiber bonnet, $1,500

AMG performance steering wheel with carbon fiber trim, $400

AMG Cross-spoke wheels, matte black, $2000

Driver assistance package (Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop, Active Cruise Control Assist, Active Brake Assist with Cross-traffic Function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist) (Pre-Safe Plus, Side-Pulse Side Assist, Road-Based Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčAdaptation, Active Stop & Go Assist, Traffic Light Assist), $1,950

Warmth & Comfort Package (quick-heated front seats, heated armrests and front door panels), $1,050

Activated Extra Comfort Package (Air Balance Package, Active Multi-Line Front Seats with Massage), $1650

AMG Night Package (front splitter, front and rear apron trim strips, window trim, gloss black exterior mirror housing), $750

Acoustic Comfort Package (increased cabin insulation, IR reflective front windshield, side windows with IR and sound-absorbing film), $1100

Burmester Advanced 3D Surround Sound System, $4,550

car test: 134,000 dollars

Sources: Mercedes-Benz, Kelly Blue Book

Editor’s note: Mark Savage’s auto review column, Savage on wheelslooks at a new car every week and tells consumers what’s good, what isn’t, and how the car fits into the market.

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