2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe review: Astonishingly nimble

Matthew N. Henry


No matter if or not you like the seems to be, you can find no denying the GLE53’s efficiency.

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe is shockingly pleasurable, but I need to get the styling out of the way initial. No make any difference what your emotions are on crossover-coupes — below at Roadshow we like to simply call them “coupeovers” — we can all agree that the new GLE53 Coupe is substantially far better seeking than the prior-generation GLE43 Coupe. This is partly many thanks to the truth that the old GLE was never ever intended with the coupe variant in brain at initial, but this new generation was. The new Coupe’s roofline is sleeker, the proportions are nicer and the rear stop as a total just seems to be a large amount far better.


  • Fantastic levels of grip
  • Shockingly pleasurable to travel
  • All the tech you could ask for
  • Considerably enhanced styling

Really don’t Like

  • Choppy journey
  • Grabby brakes
  • Will get high priced rapidly

Mercedes only delivers the new GLE Coupe in AMG varieties, with the GLE53 obtaining the requisite Panamericana grille with an intense entrance bumper, body-coloration wheel arches, quad exhaust suggestions and a small lip spoiler. My GLE53 take a look at automobile is finished in the $1,515 Designo Diamond White coloration, which seems to be pleasant but just isn’t really distinctive ample to warrant the price tag.

The Coupe’s powertrain is the similar as the typical GLE53 SUV and so the similar as AMG’s other 53-badged models. It is really obtained a 3.-liter inline-6 with a turbocharger, an electric supercharger and an EQ-Enhance forty eight-volt gentle-hybrid procedure that offers an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. Full output is 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, and the motor is mated to a nine-pace computerized transmission and all-wheel travel. As with each other software of this motor, the I6 in the GLE53 is smooth and responsive. (Mercedes rates a 5.two-next -to-60-mph time, and that feels conservative.) This GLE53 has the $1,250 Performance Exhaust procedure, which is the right total of loud and would make some terrific pops and bangs.

Large wheels make and split it

Though the GLE53 will come with 21-inch wheels as standard, this one has a $two,750 set of staggered-width 22s, sized 285/40ZR22 up entrance and a whopping 325/35ZR22 at the rear. Wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport summer season tires, these big wheels give the GLE53 an intense stance and are both of those the most effective and worst portion of the automobile. Allow me demonstrate.

As you may surmise from the wheel measurement the GLE53’s journey can be pretty choppy, in particular on terrible Michigan streets, but in Comfort mode the air suspension does a pretty very good job soaking up even the worst bumps and potholes. Worse than the journey, though, is the tramlining that happens on the freeway, in particular if it really is a rough area. I have to do much more steering correction than normal when I am just driving in a straight line, though it just isn’t as bothersome with the adaptive cruise handle and steering help activated.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe

These huge men value $two,750.

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But on the flip aspect, it really is frankly crazy how very good this SUV is on a twisty highway. You will find so substantially grip from the extensive wheels and sticky rubber, and the GLE53 generally feels surefooted with the variable all-wheel-travel procedure in a position to split torque among the axles. You will find close to-instant energy available when you might be coming out of corners, and the nine-pace transmission fires off fast shifts. You can carry so substantially pace by means of turns — a large amount much more than you would expect.

To assistance end its 5,three hundred-furthermore-pound heft, this GLE53 is geared up with the $two,500 AMG Large Performance Braking Technique. The GLE53 has fifteen.8-inch entrance rotors with two-piston calipers and 13.6-inch rear rotors with single-piston calipers as standard tools, but this optional setup provides 6-piston entrance calipers and improves the rear disc measurement by an inch. The brakes are pretty jerky at low speeds about city and the wheels accumulate a ton of dust, but the improved halting energy while driving fast is greatly appreciated.

Every little thing you could ask for, and much more

I am commonly vehemently from interiors with uncomplicated, all-black coloration schemes, in particular on a model-ahead automobile like the GLE Coupe, but this take a look at automobile at least has the $four,800 Exceptional Nappa leather alternative with contrasting stitching and $160 Grey Oak wood trim with a pleasant matte finish. It seems to be very good, and everything within the GLE is of high high quality. The seats are cozy, in particular with the massaging purpose which is portion of the $two,100 Energizing Comfort As well as Package. The Coupe’s sloping roof signifies you get much less cargo room than the standard GLE SUV, but not by that substantially, and rear headroom and legroom is nonetheless terrific. MBUX remains one of my favored infotainment techniques, and the GLE53 gets some terrific AMG-certain displays and options.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe

The GLE53’s interior just isn’t far too flashy, but which is Alright.

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This GLE53 is geared up with a ton of optional features and packages — there are practically 22 extra-value goods on the window sticker — some of which are important, some of which are frivolous and silly, but all of which I get pleasure from. The $1,950 Driver Help Package As well as brings practical lively-basic safety features like the aforementioned adaptive cruise, while the certainly important $500 Parking Help Package provides the 360-diploma camera procedure, which involves a pleasant over-the-wheel check out. 

The most absurd goods on the selections listing are in all probability the $350 Magic Vision Regulate (extravagant windshield wipers) and the $two hundred MBUX Interior Assistant (motion-activated interior lights). But my favored alternative is the $a hundred and eighty heated and cooled cupholder deal. That may seem pointless, but like heated armrests — which coincidentally are portion of a independent $1,050 deal on this GLE53 — as soon as you’ve got employed them, you can never ever want to travel a automobile without the need of them.

A Toyota Camry’s really worth of selections

It gets more difficult to rave about how very good this GLE53 is as soon as you get to the as-tested price. Though the GLE53 Coupe starts at $77,550 together with desired destination — currently $four,a hundred and fifty much more than a typical GLE53 — this one tops out at $104,564. Admittedly it has pretty much each feasible alternative, but which is nonetheless a large amount of scratch for a midsize SUV with a 6-cylinder motor. Then once again, if you want a V8, the 603-hp GLE63 Coupe starts at an even-much more-high priced $117,050 in advance of selections, so…

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe

If you are unable to get past the Coupe’s seems to be, you can help save $four,a hundred and fifty and get the typical GLE53.

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The GLE53 Coupe’s closest rivals are the BMW X6 M50i and the Porsche Cayenne S Coupe. Though the X6 M50i has a twin-turbo V8 motor with pretty much 100 much more horsepower than the GLE53, it fees 10 grand much more than the Mercedes to start and would not travel as nicely or search virtually as very good. The Cayenne S, on the other hand, is a small sharper to travel and a small far better-seeking than the GLE53, but the Porsche’s base price is over $ninety,000 and it would not arrive near to becoming as nicely geared up as the AMG.

The GLE53 is my pick of the present coupeover litter. It is really the most nicely-rounded motor vehicle in its class, and when optioned effectively, the price just isn’t far too astronomical. Absolutely sure, men and women may not recognize your manner-ahead crossover-coupe alternative, but at least you can have the previous snicker from behind the wheel.

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