2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53

MSRP $102,370

Ranked #8 in Midsize Suv

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2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Along with other Mercedes-Benz products like the E-Class and GLC-Class, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is slated to get minor feature updates. The 2022 GLE 53 AMG is very likely to see standard high-beam assist, more interior upholstery options, and standard Air Balance and Multicontour massaging seats as standard. Everything else would remain the same as the current model and we don’t have any complaints regarding that. The all-new second-gen GLE 53 AMG thoroughly refreshed in 2020, offers a complete package for those looking for a muscular midsize SUV with some athleticism. 

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Pros

Upscale interiors

High-tech infotainment

Modern and elegant aesthetics

High-end safety equipment

Powerful AMG-tuned performance

Cons

Cramped optional third row

Less fuel-efficient

Optional features can be pricier

What's New?

Minor feature upgrades for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$102370

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$102,370 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 in Black color
Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The updated generation of the GLE-Class is not only more muscular with stronger body creases but even more opulent and connected on the inside. The AMG 53 moniker further wraps it with a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6/electric motor with a total output of 429 hp. Combine them all and at an MSRP of around $74,000, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 makes a great pick for your executive drop-offs, quick sholl runs as well as weekend endeavors. However, in its price and class, the AMG GLE 53 gets some good competition from the likes of Porsche Cayenne, Audi SQ7, and BMW X5 M50i. 


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Features

Like the ongoing model, the 2022 GLE 53 would also be available as a single trim with a whole lot of amenities as standard and a wide variety of options to configure your buy. The 2022 GLE 53 would have a base price of $73,550 (similar to the 2021 model) which is tough and competitive in the segment. 

Apart from a wide array of standard features, prospective buyers would also have the option to pick from different optional packages. Options include a 3rd Row Seat Package, AMG Performance Exhaust System, AMG Drive Unit, AMG Track Package, AMG Night Package, and an AMG Carbon Fiber Interior Trim. 

Trim

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV

MSRP

$73,550

Key Features

AMG Performance Steering Wheel with Nappa Leather

 

Active LED Headlamps and LED Taillamps

 

Active Park Assist

 

20-inch AMG wheels

 

Car-to-X Communication

 

64-colour Ambient Lighting

 

MBUX with Voice Control

 

Inductive wireless charging

Which trim should you buy?

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is a value-for-money buy in the segment. Being available only as a single trim, one shall take it as a base and customize it with the available options and packages. A long list of features onboard at an affordable price tag makes it a compelling buy. Being an all-new model introduced in yesteryear, the AMG GLE-53 would hold all the modern amenities and equipment for the modern era. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Expected Release Date

There hasn’t been any announcement by Mercedes-Benz about the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV, but keeping in mind the minor feature updates, the 2022 GLE 53 should go on sale late this year. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Equipped with an AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine with an available 48-volt mild hybrid system and electric auxiliary compressor, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV is a punchy and powerful machine. The engine churns out 429 hp along with an additional 21 hp boost from the 48V system, and 384 lb.-ft. of torque onto the wheels. The 4MATIC fully-variable All-Wheel Drive system gets the power transmitted to all four wheels via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-Speed transmission. Though the engine is amply powerful and capable, the SUV is heavier than most of its rivals, but that doesn’t seem to alter the GLE 53’s core intent. 

The capable powertrain drags the beefy GLE 53 from 0-60 MPH in 5.2 seconds. Although this figure is significantly slower than the rivals, it's not bad either considering the GLE 53’s overall heft and proportions. However, the engine does a great job in pulling it to a higher speed within this time considering the weight of the SUV. The quarter-mile race is completed within 13.4 seconds, which shows the consistency in performance that the vehicle can provide. Interestingly, with ventilated discs at all four corners assisted by advanced features like Active Emergency Stop Assist, the AMG GLE 53 is also a confident stopper. The brake pedal is firm and easily modulated and the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL keeps it planted, no matter how slippery or bumpy the roads are. 

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 SUV (Est) 

BMW X5 M50i

Audi SQ7

Porsche Cayenne

MSRP

$73,550

$82,800

$84,800

$68,250

Engine

3.0-liter turbo inline-6/electric

4.4-liter twin-turbo V8

4.0-liter twin-turbo V8

3.0-liter twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

429 @ 6100

523 @ 5500

500 @ NA

335 @ 5300

Torque (lb.-ft. @ RPM)

384 @ 1800

553 @ 1800

568 @ NA

332 @ 1340

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.2

3.9

4.3

3.4

Quarter-mile (seconds)

13.4

13.7

13.3

11.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

177

155

180

With no changes whatsoever over the 2021 model, the 2022 GLE 53 would continue to delight buyers and enthusiasts alike with its robust performance. While it’s not as powerful and quick as a BMW X5 M50i or Audi SQ7 that produce around 500 horses of power, it blends power and performance surprisingly well. The performance-tuned chassis offers impressive ride quality with uncompromised performance. The 4MATIC fully-variable All-Wheel-drivetrain evenly takes up the power to ensure a smooth ride to the occupants. It gets different driving modes, say manual, sports, comfort modes to adjust the drivetrain to offer ride quality in different terrains. Yet in terms of outright performance, it is slower than all of its competitors and lags considerably behind the Porsche Cayenne that takes 3.4 seconds to 60mph. 

The steering is responsive enough and the actions are predictable. It lets you swiftly handle the big SUV even in heavy traffic. Mercedes’ E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL, featuring the world’s most intelligent suspension with Road Surface Scan and a curve inclination function, enables the spring and damping forces to be controlled individually at each wheel. The technical support and dampen the vehicle body during linear and lateral acceleration or when driving on uneven roads. Also, the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension employs the standard air suspension and the Adaptive Damping System to offer great agility and traction, making everyday drives easier. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

With no major mechanical or physical changes over the 2021 model year, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is likely to offer a familiar economy. We are talking about 18 miles per gallon in the city, 22 miles per gallon on highways, and 19 miles per gallon combined. The figures are good enough for a performance SUV in this class and some credit also goes to the mild-hybrid system in place. Moreover, with a 22.5-gallon fuel tank, the GLE 53 can also stay on the run for 427 miles in combined driving conditions.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 SUV (Est) 

BMW X5 M50i

Audi SQ7

Porsche Cayenne

MPG (City)

18

16

15

25

MPG (Highway)

22

22

21

35

MPG (Combined)

19

18

17

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.5

21.9

22.5

23.7

Range (City/Highway, in Miles)

405/495/427

350/481/394

338/473/383

450/545/474

Among the competition here, the Porsche Cayenne is found to be the best in terms of efficiency figures with a combined mileage of 30 MPG. With the biggest 23.7-gallon fuel tank, it gets you the best range figures as well. This is closely followed by the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53. The pricier BMW X5 and Audi SQ7 offer below-average efficiency ratings and with smaller tanks fail to breach the 400-miles range mark. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Interior

8.0/10

Seating five big-size adults comfortably, the AMG GLE 53 is one of the most spacious vehicles in the segment. The airy interiors with immense room in the first and second row make it a perfect place to sit and travel longer. The premium quality upholstery and Nappa leather seats offer comfort and luxury with uncompromised aesthetics. The AMG Performance Steering Wheel with Nappa Leather gets a lot of the controls making it easier for the driver to control those functions. The front seats feature 4-way power adjustability. The cabin is set in a suitable environment with dual-zone climate control.

The cabin is aesthetically beautiful and the 64-color Ambient Lighting makes it a treat for the eyes. Optional features enhance the level of comfort. You shall get 4-zone climate control and a Warmth and Comfort Package that brings the best in-cabin experience to any occupant. One shall also opt for a 3-row configuration on the AMG GLE 53, which increases the seating capacity. However, the 3rd row would be cramped and won’t suit adults. It can be a nice spot for children on a family vacation. The cargo department holds 33.3 cubic feet volume behind the 3rs row. The 40/30/40 split rear seats shall be lowered to increase the volume up to 74.9 ft3. The cabin also features several in-cabin storage spaces including the glove box, small door pockets, and a center console storage bin under the armrest. Options for heated and cooled front cupholders are also available.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 SUV (Est) 

BMW X5 M50i

Audi SQ7

Porsche Cayenne

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

6

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.3/59.3/N/A

40.7/60.0/39.4

39.9/59.5/41.7

39.6/58.9/N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.4/58.4/N/A

39/58/37.4

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.3/59.1/36.6

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

33.3

33.9

35.7

27.2

Among the pack here, the GLE 53 SUV is the most spacious in the segment not only in the front but also in the rear. Coming to the cargo department, we have the 35.7-ft3 cargo space in the Audi SQ7 followed closely by the bimmer and then the Merc. Thus, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 balances appropriately between the space on seats and space for cargo, without doing bad for either. Key interior features in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 are:

  • 64-color Ambient Lighting
  • Power tilt and slide sunroof
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted controls
  • Available Heated and ventilated seats
  • AMG Performance Steering Wheel with Nappa Leather 
  • Nappa Leather upholstery
  • 4-way Power-adjustable seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Optional 4-zone climate control and soft-close doors
  • Auto-dimming mirrors

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Apart from being rich in the interior features, the cabin is rich by the tech inside. With the seamlessly joined 12.3-inch dual-screen setup, the dashboard looks class-apart. The 12.3” digital instrument cluster and the 12.3” touchscreen multimedia display take the cabin to the next level. The system works under the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with voice control, which gets activated on the call of ‘Hey, Mercedes’. The infotainment system features smartphone integration technologies like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with the much-needed SiriusXM and Bluetooth streaming. The inbuilt navigation system shall be upgraded to an augmented video navigation setup on an optional package. The system shall be mated to an optional Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System for an unmatched audio experience. 

The cabin also features an inductive wireless charging facility as standard. There are 5 USB ports available in the cabin. One shall also select the MBUX Interior Assistant Gesture Control to let your Mercedes act according to your gestures. A Head-Up Display is also available on an additional payment. The Touchpad and Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheels shall let you control the system as well. An MBUX Interior Assistant is also available which makes use of a camera in the overhead console to register the movement of the driver and front passenger to act accordingly. Key infotainment features in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 are:

  • 12.3” Digital Instrument Cluster and 12.3” Touchscreen Multimedia System
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • “Hey, Mercedes” voice activation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • In-built navigation
  • Optional Augmented Video Navigation
  • Optional 13- or 25-Speaker Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System
  • MBUX Interior Assistant Gesture Control
  • Optional Head-Up display

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Exterior

6.0/10

Traditional German engineering has got a great fan base all over the world. The engineers and designers at Mercedes have been keen on keeping their vehicles aesthetically the best in every segment. The 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 would surely be the best-looking car in the rivalry. The fascia is not to receive any upgrades for the new model year, as it is just a year old and looks modern. The headlights are expected to be new and more attractive. The LED taillights are the highlights at the rear end along with the round exhaust pipes on either side. 

The 20” AMG wheels look fabulous from the side profile. The load height is perfect for the SUV and the cargo area is closed with a power liftgate by default. It gets a standard tilt and slide sunroof, which can be upgraded to a panoramic sunroof at an additional payment of $1,000. Apart from the 11 already available color options, the 2022 model year would witness a Cirrus Silver paint. The Adaptive High-beam Assist would now go standard. You can see the AMG badging everywhere on the exterior, starting from the front grille to the rear end. 

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 SUV (Est) 

BMW X5 M50i

Audi SQ7

Porsche Cayenne

Curb Weight (lbs)

5082

4758

5004

4377

Length (inches)

194.4

194.3

199.6

193.7

Width (inches)

79.3

78.9

77.5

86.4

Height (inches)

70.2

68.7

68.5

66.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.5

8.7

N/A

8.2

Wheelbase (inches)

117.9

117.1

117.9

114

Compared to its other rivals here, the AMG GLE 53 is neither the longest nor the widest in the segment but stands taller than the rivals. It gets a nominal ground clearance of 7.5” and a decent wheelbase of 117.9”. However, in contrast to the Audi SQ7, Cayenne, and BMW X5 M50i’s rather crossover-ish looks, the GLE 53 stands out with its somewhat traditional SUV outfit which is beautifully wrapped in modern muscle and creases. The Porsche Cayenne might not be the longest, but it remains wider than most of its competitors. Key exterior features in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 are:

  • 20” AMG Wheels
  • Adaptive High-beam Assist
  • LED Headlights and Taillights
  • Easy-Pack tailgate 
  • Standard Tilt and Slide Sunroof
  • Optional Panoramic Sunroof

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Safety

7.0/10

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known to be the best in terms of safety and the AMG GLE 53 is no exception. Though the model hasn’t been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS, we are sure to say that this vehicle would be one of the safest picks in the segment. It gets loaded with a plethora of safety and driver-assistance features. Some of the modern safety features include Blind-Spot Monitoring, Automatic Emergency Braking systems, Active Brake Assist, Stability and Traction controls, and so on. The E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL and the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL let the drives be stable and controlled even at higher speeds. Some of the other notable safety features include: 

  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • DISTRONIC Distance Assist
  • Active Stop-and-Go
  • Lane Change Assist with Steering Assist
  • Route-Based Speed Adaptation
  • Car-to-X Communication
  • Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function
  • ENERGIZING Comfort

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Competition

8.0/10

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUVvs 2021 BMW X5 M50i

Both BMW and Mercedes are hardcore competitors. In terms of performance, the BMW X5 M50i excels over the AMG GLE, because the latter is heftier than the bimmer. This makes the GLE 53 slower in acceleration too. However, the Mercedes is better in terms of efficiency and practicality than the bimmer. So, the choice depends on the priority. At a competitive price, Mercedes offers a long list of features to make the deal sweeter. 

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUVvs 2021 Audi SQ7

The Audi SQ7 is better than the Merc in terms of performance. However, it stands too low in terms of fuel efficiency. Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV is a better value-for-money buy as it is priced competitively and lower than the SQ7. SQ7 gets better cargo capacity which increases the practicality. 

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUVvs 2021 Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a less expensive alternative to the rest of the rivals. It gets better performance specs and a faster powertrain. It is far more fuel-efficient than the rest of them. However, Mercedes offers the best line of features at a competitive pricing and a class-leading safety front with advanced driver assistance features on board. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Final Verdict

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 SUV is one of the most anticipated vehicles for the upcoming year. Priced wisely in the segment, the German automaker offers a perfect balance between performance and efficiency with unique styling and a plethora of features. All these make it a value-for-money buy in the segment.