2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV

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in Compact SUVs
2017 MODEL

$69,650 - $110,650

8.1

Overall Rating

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Overview

Infused with the characteristics of an SUV and the spirit of a sports car, the GLE Coupe is an out of the box concept curated into the AMG Blood Line. It's not just a coupe, it's a fusion of power packed performance and elegantly tailored luxury.

The 2017 GLE Coupe comes with a base price of $69,650 with an AMG enhanced 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 engine. It provides this handsome beast with 362 horsepower and an acceleration of 0 to 60mph in about 5.6 sec.

The BMW was the first to start this line of SUV Coupe with the introduction of X6. The Mercedes AMG introduced the GLE-Class Coupe in 2016 to provide a competition in the market. Now the 2017 GLE-class Coupe is providing a neck to neck competition not only to the BMW X6 but also other competitors in the line such as the Porsche Cayenne and Maserati Levante.

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Pros

Premium-feeling and well-trimmed interior

Many standard safety and technology features

Comfortable ride quality

Cons

Heavy, with minimal off-road capability

Limited trim level selection

Cargo space similar to that of a compact SUV

Roofline compromises backseat headroom

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69650

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

192.6 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

67.7 in.

curb weight

4690 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

23 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/23 mpg

highway range

552 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Selenite Gray Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Polar White color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Lunar Blue Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Diamond Silver Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in designo Diamond White Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV in Cardinal Red Metallic color
Selenite Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.3

Engine

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.3

Exterior

8.5

Safety

7.0

Driving

7.9

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV AMG GLE 43

AMG GLE 43

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$69,650

Configurations
AMG GLE 43 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A Drivetrain: AWD
MPG: (17/20/23) Torque: 384 ft-lbs. @ 2000 rpm

 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63S Coupe SUV AMG GLE 63 S

AMG GLE 63 S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$110,650

Configurations
AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 7A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (14/15/18)
HP: 577 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 561 ft-lbs. @ 1750 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 12, 2018

8.1

Overall Rating


9.3/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.3/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, priced $110,650, comes with an AMG handcrafted 5.5 Liter bi-turbo V8 engine. This is where all the brute strength comes from. It powers up this beast with a horsepower of 577 hp and 561 lb.ft torque. This engine is paired up with 7-Speed Automatic Transmission and the Mercedes 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive System.

Features

9.3/10

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE- 63 S Coupe is the true heir of the AMG bloodline amongst the GLE Class Coupe. It is induced with all the enhanced AMG features along with its AMG handcrafted V8 engine, which is absent in its sibling i.e., the GLE- 43 Coupe SUV.

Both the siblings of the AMG GLE Class Coupe look similar but have many differences. Apart from the AMG features, there are some other features that the 63 S Coupe SUV has in extra. In fact, there is also a difference in their transmissions. The GLE 63 S Coupe SUV comes with a 7-speed automatic transmission and equipped with the standard Mercedes 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive system.  

Trim AMG 63 S 4Matic Coupe SUV
MSRP(AWD) $110,650
KeyFeatures
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • COMAND navigation w/touchpad controller
  • No-charge navigation map updates for 3 years
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Weather w/5 years of service
  • Voice control w/learning feature
  • In-dash DVD/CD player
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Household-type 115-volt AC power outlet
  • Parking Pilot
  • Surround View System
  • Rear center-armrest pass-through
  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • Heated and cooled front cup holders
  • All the other features are the same as that of the GLE 43 Coupe SUV

We recommend

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV comes has been provided with various optional packages. Amongst all the optional packages we recommend you to go for the Parking Assist package and Mercedes' terrific adaptive cruise which is part of the reasonably priced Premium Package that includes a host of other driver assistance features. So one can always choose them packages for a more comfy and luxurious ride.

Engine

7.8/10

"Truly not for the faint of heart or light of discretionary funds, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe is a mega-powerful piece of rolling excess, that is not only a showcase for the Mercedes brand, but is more than capable of blasting you away from whatever it is you need to get away from."- Motor Week

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV comes with an AMG handcrafted 5.5 Liter Bi-turbo V8 engine. This becomes the power core of the beast which provides it with a horsepower of 577 hp and a torque of 561 ft.lb and helps it providing the aggressive performance that it is known for. Apart from that, it has a 7-speed automatic transmission and a Mercedes 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive system.

Models Merc-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
MSRP $110,650 $105,095 $117,550
Engine AMG- Handcrafted 5.5L Bi-turbo V8 4.4L Turbo V8 4.8L Turbo V8
Transmission 7 automatic 8 automatic 8 automatic
Horsepower 577hp 567hp 520hp
Torque 561 ft-lbs. 553 ft-lbs. 533 ft-lbs.

The GLE 63 S Coupe SUV is quite powerful and aggressive when compared to its competitors. Its handcrafted V8 churns out more power when compared to that of the BMW X6 M and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Acceleration

Though the GLE 63 S looks powerful, its acceleration gets affected by its weight. This heavy beast takes 4.1 seconds to reach a speed of 60MPH and 12.5 seconds to cross a quarter mile. That seems to be quite sluggish.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
0-60 MPH 4.1sec 3.8 sec 3.8sec
Quarter mile 12.5 sec 12.3 sec 12.2 sec
Engine 5.5L 4.4L 4.8L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.8 11.0 10.4

Looks like the X6 M and the Cayenne Turbo are perfectly taking advantage of their lighter weight here. Both of them have a similar acceleration that leaves the GLE-63 S coupe behind.

Ride and Handling:

Compared to its sibling in the GLE-Coupe Class, the 63 S Coupe is equipped with some extra features that are either optional or not available in the 43 Coupe. It is equipped with features such as AMG DYNAMIC SELECT, Adaptive Damping System, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM and 3‑stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP). These features help the drivers to take total control of the beast with ease.

Braking

The 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV is equipped with AMG High-performance Braking System which provides a smoother deceleration. Fitted with 15.4-inch brakes in the front and 13.6-inch brakes in the back, it comes to halt from a speed of 60 MPH at a distance of 114 ft.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Brake Front (in.) 15.4 15.6 13.8
Brake Rear (in.) 13.6 15.2 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5379 5185 4817
60-0 MPH (ft.) 114 104 106

Although the GLE 63 S coupe has a smooth braking system, it can be considered a poor performance when compared to that of the BMW X6 M and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Even in this aspect, it can be said that they are taking an advantage of their weight.

Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Being so powerful makes the GLE 63 S a thirsty beast. It gives an average fuel Economy of 15 MPG with a mileage of 14 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
MPG (city) 14 14 14
MPG (highway) 18 19 21
MPG (combined) 15 16 17

The 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV, though powerful, is a tad poor performer and drinks more whereas it vice-versa in the case of its competitors, thus making them a preference.

Interior

9.3/10

"Coupe models still manage to deliver decent practicality in terms of leg room and ease of entry, although it's deficient in head room—to the degree that 6-footers on up will find their head making contact with the already carved-out headliner."- The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

This 5 seater Coupe SUV crossover is much identical to its small brother in the GLE Class Coupe SUV when we speak of the interior. It has a headroom of 38.6 inches in the front and 37.8 in the back along with a shoulder room of 58.5 and 58.4 inches and a leg room of 40.3 and 38.4 inches in the front and rear respectively.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.6/58.5/40.3 39.9/61.5/40.3 39.6/58.9/N/A
Second(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/58.4/38.4 37.9/59.6/35.6 39.0/57.0/N/A

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV is very compactly packed on the inside when compared to the BMW X6 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Clearly, its extruding exterior could be deceiving unless you also check out its interior.

Infotainment System

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV comes with the Standard Mercedes COMAND Infotainment System. Also, all the other infotainment features installed in it are same as that installed in that of its small brother the GLE 43 Coupe SUV. So let’s see what infotainment features are installed in this beast:

  • 8" high-resolution color central screen
  • Console-mounted central controller with a touchpad
  • COMAND navigation4 with 3 years of no-charge map updates
  • Voice control w/learning feature
  • 5 years of SiriusXM Traffic and Weather service
  • High-resolution color multifunction display
  • Harman/ Kardon LOGIC & sound system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming, dual USB audio ports
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • In-dash DVD/CD player
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver, SD card reader
  • Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 5 years of Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect services

Interior Features

So now let’s see what the GLE 63 S Coupe SUV has to offer us inside it:

  • Generous room for 5 adults, or up to 60.7 cubic feet of cargo
  • Heated, ventilated and massaging front seats
  • Reclining and split folding rear seats, power liftgate
  • Power tilt/sliding Panorama roof
  • Multicolor LED ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming driver-side and inside rearview mirrors

Cargo Volume

The rear descending roofline which makes it a coupe also has side effects on its cargo volume. It has a cargo volume of 23.0 cu.ft just behind its second row. After the Second row is folded, its cargo space surprisingly extends up to an area of 60.7 cu.ft.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 23.0 26.6 23.7
Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3) 60.7 59.7 60.2

The rear cargo volume of the 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV might be low but when the second row is folded, its cargo volume exceeds both the BMW X6 M and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Exterior

8.5/10

"The sloped roofline compromises the utility of the donor GLE-Class SUV upon which it is based, and it is so heavy that you'll need the range-topping AMG GLE 63 S trim and its 577 horsepower to get the outlandish performance promised by the sportier exterior styling."- Edmunds

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV has a quite extruding size and heavyweight. It is 193.6 inches long, 83.8 inches wide and 67.6 inches tall. Apart from that this beast weighs 5379 lbs.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV BMW X6 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Curb weight (lbs.) 5379 5185 4817
Length(in) 193.6 193.3 191.1
Width(in) 83.8 78.3 78.7
Height(in) 67.6 66.5 67.0
Ground clearance (in) 7.8 7.8 10.8
Wheelbase (in) 114.8 115.5 114.0
Track width (in) F/R 65.1/66.7 65.6/65.6 64.7/65.8

The 63 S Coupe with its extruding dimensions, stands tall and grabs more attention than the X6 M and Cayenne Turbo.

Exterior Features

Let’s see what this beast has to show us on the outside:

  • 21 inch or 22-inch wheels
  • Active LED headlamps and LED tail lamps
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Color-keyed or Gloss Black heated power side mirrors with power fold-in

Safety

7.0/10

Safety Features

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV has not been still tested by IIHS and NHTSA. However, it has been provided with the following safety features:

  • Crosswind Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front and Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags and Knee Airbags
  • Active Brake Assist Forward Collision
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Parking Pilot
  • Surround View System

Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV vs BMW X6 M

The BMW X6 M as the Name itself denotes wears the ‘M’ Badge representing the Motorsport Division of the BMW. This badging means an enhanced power and performance par with the Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV. Although the GLE 63 S Coupe SUV seems to be more powerful, it lags a bit when it comes to the performance. This is because of its heavy weight. Even its interiors are a bit tightly packed when compared to the X6 M. Although a tad less powerful, it still gives a better performance and more interior space compared at a low price, might make the consumers reconsider their choice.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE- 63 S Coupe SUV vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo though has a different body style, falls into the category of Crossover SUVs and become a competitor for the 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV. Although it is less powerful than the GLE 63 S Coupe SUV, it is a better performer than because of its much lighter weight when compared to the GLE 63 S Coupe SUV. So, the consumers might consider it a better choice although it’s a tad expensive than that of the GLE 63 S Coupe SUV.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S Coupe SUV has a very high power, but all the performance that could be churned out from this high power has been dampened by its heavy weight. Even its extruding look on the outside is quite deceptive as it is quite compactly packed from the inside. These might become a turning point for this head turner because of its competitors, though less powerful, provide a better performance and a better interior around the same price range.

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