The first thing you notice when walking up to the back of the AMG GLE53 is a quartet of tailpipes, two elegantly placed on each corner. The standard GLE’s angular tail lights still make a statement, accentuated by some sleek metal trim. However, the true standout feature lies in the badges – an AMG emblem on the left, proudly accompanied by a GLE53 on the right.
Overlooking these? Look for the subtleties, like the Cirrus Silver paint and the bold 21-inch AMG silver wheels with black accents. The AMG Night Package adds a touch of menace, coating the front splitter, various trims, mirrors, and roof rails in High-Gloss Black, extending its allure to the Black Chrome-finished AMG Exhaust System and Twin Tailpipes. A menacing presence, indeed.
Indicating its turbocharged prowess is a distinctive badge on the side, though the Mercedes-Benz insignia has its own twist – the AMG Panamericana slatted grill. A unique hood badge proudly proclaims “Allafterbach, home of Mercedes-AMG.” While front-end changes are nuanced, the AMG Night Package strikes an ideal balance between black trim and silver canvas. The GLE53 is no sleeper; it’s a handsome beast with an aggressive edge, perfectly befitting the AMG pedigree.
Step into the lap of luxury with a black Nappa interior adorned with carbon fiber trim. The standout feature? The steering wheel – an AMG masterpiece with dual dials for swift access to various sports settings. On the left, individually tweak steering, exhaust, suspension, and AMG Dynamics; on the right, explore a range of drive modes, including exhilarating Sport settings. However, the haptic buttons on the wheel, while functional, might irk some, serving as the gateway to control the digital dials and infotainment system.
Mercedes’ new infotainment system, responsive and user-friendly, seamlessly integrates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. G-meter enthusiasts will find joy, with physical buttons on the steering wheel and convenient USB-C ports. The lap of luxury continues with heated and ventilated front seats featuring Seat Kinetics, ensuring optimum comfort during the drive. Beautiful ambient lighting adds a touch of class, contrasting only with the plasticky turn indicators and shifter, an unexpected nod to the A-Class.
But let’s talk power. The GLE53 packs a unique punch with its 3.0-liter inline-six, a hybrid marvel with supercharging, turbocharging, and 48-volt technology. Generating a robust 429 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic and 4Matic+ AWD, it propels from 0-60 MPH in a brisk 4.4 seconds. The option for a subdued exhaust on the highway is a thoughtful touch, demonstrating AMG’s versatility.
For a tall SUV, the GLE handles curves admirably, thanks to meticulous chassis tuning and air suspension, offering a comfortable ride even on bumpy roads. However, with great power comes a price – fuel efficiency hovers below 20 MPG, dropping further in the most spirited driving modes. Safety isn’t compromised, with a suite of tech features including a 360-degree camera, lane keep assist, attention assist, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 starts at around $87,000, and surprisingly, options are restrained. Carbon fiber trim, AMG performance steering wheel, Cold Weather package, upgraded wheels, and an appearance package bring the total to $93,000. While it might seem a considerable sum, it’s a well-equipped package with all the luxuries one would desire. The real question is, inline-six or V8? The GLE63 may exist, but unless you’re chasing the roar, the GLE53 offers a desirable mix of power, personality, and opulence. It might not be a necessity, but it’s undeniably attractive – a top contender in the performance SUV realm.