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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 14, 2019


In the world of SUVs, each and every car manufacturer is trying to produce a wide range of them to capture them. But the Mercedes does it a bit better than the others. With its GLC, GLE and GLS ranges, and the variants that it provides under these classes. Especially the GLE with which the Mercedes captures the majority of its market.

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Pros

Big Burly AMG V8 engine

Good Road behavior

Well-appointed interiors

Active Safety Features

Cons

Sluggish Acceleration

Low Fuel Economy

What's New?

No many major updates


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$103050

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

333 cu.in.

horsepower

550 hp @ 5750 rpm

torque

516 lbs.-ft @ 1750 rpm

transmission

7-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/active anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.4/67.1

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

191 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

69.4 in.

curb weight

5203 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

80.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

1486 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/14/2018 mpg

highway range

442.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.



Styles

 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 in Selenite Grey Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 in Polar White color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 in Lunar Blue Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 in Diamond Silver Metallic color
Selenite Grey Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Base

Base

power
550 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
14 combined

$103,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $103,050 MSRP (12/14/18) 550 hp @ 5750 rpm, 5.5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S-Model

S-Model

power
577 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$110,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S-Model 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $110,200 MSRP (14/15/18) 577 hp @ 5500 rpm, 5.5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Speaking of the AMG GLE 63 SUV, it is the most elite SUV of the class which comes fully loaded up with features and stands as the most power packed performer of the class. Now the 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 is back to regain its position this year too. It comes at a base price of $103,050 and is powered by the same 5.5 Liter twin turbo V8.

The AMG GLE 63 has been in the market for quite some time and has stood as quite a tough competition to other power packed midsize SUVs in the market this year too. It stands amongst midsize SUVs such as the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the Maserati Levante, etc. However the BMW X5 M is the arch nemesis, since it has not been released yet for the Model Year 2019, we can consider the 2018 X5 M as a potential

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 63 AMG front view
2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 63 AMG front view
2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 63 AMG rear view
2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 63 AMG rear view

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Features

The 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 comes in two trims. One is the GLE 63 and the other one is the GLE 63 S. There is not much difference in both of them. Both of them have same features and are equipped with the same engine. But the engine in the 63 S is more finely tuned than the one in the GLE 63. Thus it generates a little more power than the GLE 63.

Trims

AMG GLE 63 4Matic SUV

AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic SUV

MSRP

$103050

$110200

Key Features

Handcrafted AMG V8 Engine

All the features are same as the 63 trim

 

4Matic All-Wheel drive  

 

AMG Dynamic Select  

 

AMG Sport Suspension based on AirMatic  

 

Aluminum Shift Paddles  

 

AMG Body Styling  

 

Sport Interior Appointments  

 

Dual Chrome AMG Exhaust Tips  

 

Crosswind Assist  

 

Blind Spot Assist  

 

Power Liftgate  

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If you have a knack for more power, the 63 S is what you need to go for. But since there are no major changes in both the trims, going for the GLE 63 would also be a wise option if only power and performance is not the only aspects you yearn for.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Engine and Performance

7.5/10

"The GLE, no matter what flavor of powertrain a person selects, is the complete package. It still has the utility to carry all the gear for a hockey team, but it does so with more luxury than before." -Motor Trend 

The 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 and 63 S are equipped with the same handcrafted 5.5 liters twin-turbo V8 engine. However, the difference between them is that the engine in the 63 S is more performance-tuned that the one in the base 63 trim. This is the reason the base GLE 63 has a horsepower of 550 hp and 516 lb.ft torque, while the GLE 63 S is able to generate 577 hp horsepower and 561 lb.ft torque. Moreover, both of them come with a 7-speed automatic transmission and the Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel-drive system

Models

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC SUV

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

2018 BMW X5 M

MSRP

$103,050

$80,985

$114,595

$119,980

$101,700

Engine

5.5L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

3.8L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

4.4L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded 

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8-speed M Sport Automatic Transmission with Drivelogic

Horsepower

550 hp@ 5750rpm

550 hp@ 6500rpm

575 hp@ 6000rpm

550 hp@ 5750rpm

567 hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque

516 ft-lbs@ 1750rpm

502 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

516 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

538 ft-lbs@ 1750rpm

553 lb.-ft. @ 2,200rpm

 

The handcrafted V8 engine of the GLE 63 is quite powerful for the class it belongs to. But there are some SUVs in the class such as the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and the 2018 BMW X5 M that are equipped with even more power-packed engines.

Acceleration

The 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 SUV is aggressive but it might not get as athletic as it shows its aggression. It takes 4.2 seconds to accelerate up to a speed of 60 MPH. While on the other hand the more powerful 63 S also shows the same traits as it takes 4.1 seconds to attain the same speed.

Models

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS 3.8L

2018 BMW X5 M

0-60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

4.0 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

13.2 sec

12.4 sec

Engine

5.5L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

3.8L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

4.4L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.7

N/A

N/A

N/A

11.0

The GLE might get be a little slow when it comes to acceleration as there are also others in the class such as the Maserati Levante and the BMW X5 M in the class which speeds up quite quicker than the GLE.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 63 is not any average SUV, it is the Performance Version of the Mercedes GLE class and the manufacturers have kept that in mind while crafting to provide the commuters with utmost ride quality. It has quite a responsive steering and an AMG tuned firm suspension that keeps it well-mannered and well-behaved even at high speeds and also takes quick turns in any corner with ease.

Moreover, it has three different driving modes namely the COMFORT, the SPORT and the SPORT + modes. The COMFORT mode gives quite a stiff and controlled ride. However, with each shift to the higher mode, the ride becomes stiffer, the throttle response improves and gets sharper and gear shifts get quicker than before.

Braking

The 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE comes with AMG performance brakes which are solid and give out decent feedback. Theses brakes are so efficient that a slight push on the brake pedals is enough to slow the car down. The front brake is sized 15.4 inches and the rear brake is sized 13.6 inches. These brakes look sufficient enough to stop this heavy SUV at a decent distance in emergency situations.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS 3.8L

2108 BMW X5 M

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15.6

15

15

15.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

15.6

14.4

13

15.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5203

4395

5093

4649

5260

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

104

Towing Capacity

The GLE 63 might look like an average performer in the class. However it all the power it possesses is not only used for revving and running quick. It is not a sports car after all. It is an SUV and truly fulfills its purpose. Speaking of which it is a pretty good hauler. It can tow up to a weight of 7200 lbs behind its back.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

2018 BMW X5 M

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

7200

TBD

6613

TBD

5952 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Fuel Economy

Like its predecessors, the 2019 GLE 63 continues to be a nasty thirsty beast. It gives an economy of 12 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway, thus making up an average economy of 14 MPG. Looks like the engineers at the AMG ought to find a solution for its thirst.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS 3.8L

2018 BMW X5 M

MPG (city)

12

16

15

N/A

14

MPG (highway)

18

22

20

N/A

19

MPG (combined)

14

18

16

N/A

16

Tank Capacity (gal)

24.6

21.7

27.6

21.1

NA

Despite being an average power-packed performer, the GLE 63 is quite thirsty. Whereas the others in the class are capable of running a couple of miles extra than the GLE.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Interior

8.5/10

The interiors of the GLE 63 are filled up with quite some lush features that help the driver feel comfortable all through the ride. Moreover it has a headroom of 40.4 inches in the front and 38.5 inches in the back, a shoulder room of 58.5 inches in the front, and 58.4 inches in the back and a quite convenient legroom of 40.3 inches in the front and 38.4 inches in the back.

"What are you looking for from a luxury SUV? If it's comfort, ample cargo space and many available features, the  Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class could be for you. A wide range of available engines furthers its appeal." --Edmunds 

Model

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS 3.8L

2018 BMW X5 M

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.4/58.5/40.3

37.8/57.7/40.3

38.7/60.7/42.2

N/A

39.8/60.5/40.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/58.4/38.4

37.5/55.8/37.2

39.1/59.5/37

N/A

38.8/58.3/36.6

With such an impressive headroom, sub-par shoulder room and a gracious legroom, this 5 seater is quite spacious than most of its competitors and can easily fit in 5 people without making them feel congested.

Infotainment features

Like every other Mercedes, the 2019 GLE 63 also comes with the COMAND infotainment system with a touchpad controller and an 8-inch display screen. This system is quite responsive and eases the job of the driver while driving without getting distracted. Some of the other infotainment and multimedia features in this SUV are:

  • COMAND with touchpad controller
  • 8-inch high-resolution color screen
  • COMAND navigation
  • No-charge navigation map updates for 3 years
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 sound system
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • HD Radio receiver
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • 5 years of SiriusXM Traffic and Weather service
  • Voice control
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • In-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

Interior Features

  • Power liftgate
  • Mercedes me Assist Services
  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • Heated and cooled front cupholders
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Panorama roof
  • Rear side-window sunshades
  • Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery
  • Power front passenger seat with memory
  • Versatile cargo space and 60/40 split rear seats
  • Rear center-armrest pass-through
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Infrared-remote window opening and closing
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Household-type 115V power outlet
  • Garage door opener
  • Brake HOLD feature
  • 3 years of Mercedes me Connect Services

Cargo volume

The 2019 GLE 63 provides you with quite some impressive cargo volume to load it up with all the necessities you require. It has a cargo volume of 38.2 cu.ft. This seems to be one of the maximum cargo volume provided by the SUVs of the class.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS 3.8L

2018 BMW X5 M

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

38.2

33.5

24.8

19.4

35.8

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Exterior

Nothing much has changed in the looks of the GLE 63 in the past couple of years. Being a part of the first generation, the 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 SUV looks quite identical to its predecessors. However this 5203 heavy beast is 191 inches in length, 76.2 inches in width and 69.4 inches in height.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS 3.8L

2018 BMW X5 M

Curb weight (lbs.)

5203

4395

5093

4649

5260

Length(in)

191

186.5

192.2

197

192.7

Width(in)

76.2

81.5

81.6

77.5

78.1

Height(in)

69.4

65.0

71.0

66.1

67.6

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

8.4

8.4

N/A

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

114.8

113.1

115.1

118.3

115.5

Track width (in) F/R

66.4/67.1

64.6/65.1

66.5/66.3

63.9/66

65.6/65.6

Exterior Features

  • AMG body styling
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • 20-inch AMG 10-spoke wheels
  • Side-mirror logo projectors
  • Dual chrome AMG exhaust tips
  • AMG illuminated front door sills
  • Privacy glass
  • Optional AMG Night Package

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Safety

The 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 is quite filled up with advanced features, and that list of features include quite a good number of Safety features to keep you safe while driving. They are:

  • Active Brake Assist
  • Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps and taillamps
  • Active LED headlamps
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Surround View System
  • PRE-SAFE
  • Seat belt technology
  • 9 air bags
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • High-strength unibody
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • SmartKey with KEYLESS-START
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Competition

2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 vs Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the topmost performance of the Jaguar's SUV class. It comes with a supercharged V8 engine which has been well-tuned to perform like a hellcat that just got unleashed from the hell. Now on the other hand when we look at the 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 63, it gives a cut-throat competition to this Jaguar in all aspects. But what turns the tables is that the F-Pace is way economic than the GLE 63.

2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR comes from a family of one of the most power-packed SUVs that has existed in the market for quite some time. The Land Rover has made this Range rover to be a total package that any SUV can offer. When compared to the GLE 63, it is quite a power-packed performer and has an upper hand in most of the other aspects too. So spending a $10,000 more for a better product seems to be quite a justifiable option.

2019 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 vs Maserati Levante GTS

The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS makes its debut into the market of midsize power-packed Luxury SUVs this year. Well, it's quick, comfortable and quite updated. But still, after looking at what the GLE provides at a lesser price, the price that you pay for this Levante might not feel so justified. Going for the 63 S seems like a better option here than going for the Levante.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Final Verdict

The GLE class has existed in the market for quite some time now and the Mercedes has surely figured out by now, what makes this SUV a perfect fit for the market. However there are still some drawbacks that they have to work on with the 2019 AMG GLE 63 such as reducing the thirst, improving the performance a little bit more, etc.