New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG GLE SUV
Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG GLE SUV
With an already celebrated luxury SUV as its base, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE ratchets up performance and style, as well as price.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLE Pricing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLE KBB Expert Review
While Mercedes-Benz is known for luxury, it’s the AMG division that gives the German manufacturer’s lineup the power enthusiasts crave. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE is one such example, a 5-passenger midsize-crossover SUV with the muscle and moves of a high-performance sedan. On its own, the GLE is an impressive performer, but when equipped with AMG’s turbocharged engines, specially tuned suspension and added visual embellishments, it becomes an SUV to covet, not just collect. There are three Mercedes-AMG models, the least expensive being the 385-horsepower GLE43 starting around $70,000. For a fair bit more cash, the GLE63 and GLE63 S add a twin-turbocharged V8 exceeding 500 horsepower. That’s enough muscle to worry the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, two rivals that are well matched to the GLE.
You'll Like This Car If...
If your taste for luxury and comfort rivals your need for speed, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE triplets have your name written all over them. The GLE’s interior is roomy enough for the family, but what’s under the hood is just for you.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If performance and value trump pedigree and exclusivity, you can get a faster 0-60 time from a BMW X5 M, and more performance from an $88,000, 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. You might also find an all-electric SUV like the Tesla Model X to be worth considering.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE43, 63 and 63 S all carry over largely unchanged. An all-new GLE is expected in 2020.
Pick the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE43, and you’ll have an SUV that can outperform just about any other competitor in its price range, yet still deliver a comfortable ride, impressive features and head-turning good looks. Dish out another $30,000 to $50,000, and the GLE63 and GLE63 S take the performance figures into supercar territory. We were quite happy with the power and pricing of our GLE43, its twin-turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 385 horsepower and netting around 22 mpg on the highway. But we know there are those who will always want the best, and so the twin-turbocharged V8 in the AMG 63 S awaits. With 577 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, this mean machine can rocket to 60 mph in a scant 4.1 seconds. Its taut suspension, massive wheel/tire combo and powerful brakes ensure that power won’t get you into trouble, at least while observing the posted speed limit.
THEY CAN TOW, TOO
An SUV that’s fast but little else isn’t really worthy of the title “SUV.” That’s why Mercedes-Benz made sure its AMG GLE models can tow up to 7,200 pounds plus fit five adults or a week’s worth of luggage.
Massive horsepower and speed are fine, but really where are you ever going to get a chance to use it legally? The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE43 has plenty of power, a reasonable price tag and a fierce look that lets everyone know you’re driving something special.
As they’re part of the 2019 GLE lineup overall, these AMG variants retain the standard model’s 2-row/5-passenger setup and layout. As we note in our review of the regular 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE, this midsize-luxury SUV stands out for its ample room for passengers and cargo. Rear-seat passengers are treated to over 38 inches of legroom, and rear-cargo space is commendable at 38.2 cubic feet with rear seats up and over 80 with them folded. Nice touches include a sport steering wheel, brushed-aluminum pedals and AMG-exclusive instruments. As with the standard GLE, the driver's seat is commanding and comfortable.
Part of the AMG GLE's appeal is that is looks much like a normal GLE model, that is, until it lays tracks up the freeway onramp. From that vantage, you'll see at least one of the distinctions of this performance model, and among its most visible giveaways: quad chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. Other bits include a unique front end with large air intakes, chrome underguards and a black diffuser in back. Big, 20-inch wheels with black accents also make a statement (the AMG GLE63 S rolls on 21s). Pragmatically, a power tailgate is standard, as are power-folding side mirrors.
Notable Standard Equipment
In addition to its performance powertrain and hardware-like air suspension, the "base" model in this lineup, the AMG GLE43, includes a power tailgate, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, power sunroof and the Premium Package 1. Optional on standard GLEs, this package bundles key features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, Harman Kardon premium audio, and an infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Safety systems include the ability to automatically apply the brakes if a collision appears imminent, crosswind assist to aid in driving amid strong winds, and trailer-stability assist. You'll still have to pay extra for leather.
Notable Optional Equipment
With the GLE63 and GLE63 S, buyers get more features and more hand craftsmanship, such as the twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Nappa leather upholstery is standard, as is an active curve system for better cornering and comfort. Heated and cooled cup holders can be ordered for front-seat occupants, as can heated and massaging front seats. Everyone will enjoy the available Bang & Olufsen sound system, in-car Wi-Fi, panoramic roof and heated rear seats. Adaptive cruise control, active blind-spot assist and lane-keep assist are just some of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE’s available driver-assist and safety features.
Under the Hood
The engines in these high-performance GLE models are blessed by AMG, Mercedes' performance arm. The AMG GLE43 has a twin-turbo V6 that Mercedes says is "enhanced" by AMG, while the GLE63 and GLE63 S feature twin-turbo V8 engines that are the more traditional handcrafted powerplants. All AMG GLE models feature Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system with a permanent 40:60 front/rear torque split for a sports-car feel. All feature the Dynamic Select system with switchable drive modes, from Sport and Comfort to Slippery. The AMG GLE43 uses a 9-speed automatic transmission that performs better than other 9-speeds we've tried, while the GLE63 duo uses a slick 7-speed. All have a defeatable start/stop system that cuts engine power at idle.
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (AMG GLE43)
385 horsepower @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
384 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 mpg
5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (AMG GLE63)
550 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18 mpg
5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (AMG GLE63 S)
577 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
561 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 mpg
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE lineup starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $69,145 for the AMG GLE43 model. That's significantly less than the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63, which starts over $104,000. Higher still is the AMG GLE63 S, an even more powerful variant that begins over $111,000. The AMG GLE‘s most direct rival is the BMW X5 M, which also starts in the low-$100,000 range. Porsche makes a case with the Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo models, which start around $100,000. We know its badge is far from luxury, but the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is more powerful -- by far -- than all these rivals and starts under $90,000. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Mercedes-AMG GLE is expected to hold its value quite well, right in line with the X5 M.
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLE Consumer Reviews
February 25, 2019
Enjoyed this truck
I have always had an AMG truck. It used to be ML63 AMG and now it is called GLE63AMG. This particular model has been trouble free and...
September 18, 2018
Best Mercedes SUV Ive owned
Ive owned 2 MLs before I purchased the GLE-350 4matic. Without question, its the best vehicle (SUV) that Ive owned. No issues of any...
May 30, 2018
This vehicle is a pleasure to drive! Excellent!
This is the best car Ive ever owned! Very stylish, esp. with the big 22 wheels. Most of the competition (BMW, Alpha-Romeo, Subaru, Audi,...
February 27, 2019
OK but could improve with more power.
Dependable safe and spacious. Gas milage is not in the range one would like to see but to be expected due to the vehicle weight.
September 01, 2018
I love this SUV. The ride and handling is superb.
This truck is trouble free. Enough power to keep you ahead of a wolf pack if needed. Merging into traffic is a breeze. Love this truck...
April 16, 2018
Overall rating F!!!
My overall rating is an F!!! For 60K this vehicle is missing so many creature comforts that most cars in the 25K range have. No...
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