The anything-but-basic AMG GLE 43 will likely satisfy the vast majority of drivers. We suggest adding the optional Premium packages and their numerous driver assistants and luxury upgrades. If long trips are common for you, we'd also add the massaging and ventilated seats. As much as the $40,000-plus premium for the AMG GLE 63 S scares us, it delivers more of the traditional AMG experience and soundtrack. If money is no object, we say go for it.Most shoppers have practicality and convenience in mind when looking into SUVs, but the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has a different interpretation. That's evident in its name alone. The sloping coupe-like roofline gives it a completely different character from the standard and more boxy GLE, visually suggesting that it's a sportier version. These GLE Coupe variants are indeed higher performers and only offered as AMG models.
You can choose between the 385-horsepower AMG GLE 43 or the bonkers 577-hp AMG GLE 63 S, but the $40,000 difference between the two may have a greater influence on the decision. Both will deliver stirring straight-line performance, but there is a price to pay for the stylish fastback silhouette. Compared to the standard GLE, the coupes lose a significant amount of cargo capacity as well as rear-passenger headroom. As a result, they're more "SuV" than SUV.
We're more inclined to go with the non-Coupe GLE since both AMG versions are available in that body style. Like the few other coupe-like performance SUVs available today, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe seems to fill an awkward middle ground that nobody asked for
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in two trim levels: AMG GLE 43 and AMG GLE 63 S. Both can tow up to 7,200 pounds and are equipped with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive. Despite the variants' similar names, a vast gulf in price and performance separates the two. The AMG GLE 43 is well-equipped as standard, and on the whole it could be described as a reasonable alternative to everyday luxury people-movers. There's very little that's reasonable about the AMG GLE 63 S, however, and its fans embrace its ludicrousness as a badge of honorPowering the AMG GLE 43 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (385 horsepower, 384 pound-feet of torque) and a nine-speed automatic. Standard equipment highlights include 21-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, power-folding and heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, premium vinyl upholstery, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet.
Standard tech and safety features include an 8-inch central display, the COMAND infotainment interface, a navigation system, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention, and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.
Two primary option packages are available for the AMG GLE 43. The reasonably priced Premium 2 package includes heated and cooled front cupholders, interior ambient lighting, and a center pass-through for the rear seat. The Premium 3 package further adds a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a lane-centering steering system, a collision avoidance system, lane departure mitigation, and an automated parallel parking system.
It's a big step up pricewise to the AMG GLE 63 S. Under the hood is a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (577 hp, 561 lb-ft of torque) mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It adds 22-inch wheels, summer performance tires, active stabilizer bars, bigger brakes, a carbon-fiber engine cover, noise-reducing front-row windows, a sport steering wheel, heated and ventilated front sport seats, memory settings for the front passenger seat, upgraded leather upholstery, and the contents of the Premium 2 package. It also includes the Premium 3 package's 360-degree parking camera and parking system.
There are a few appearance packages as well. Both models can be equipped with the Night package, which adds gloss-black lower valances and grille trim. The GLE 43-only AMG Performance Studio package includes the Night package plus an orange lip on the front bumper, an orange stripe on the wheels, and faux-suede seat inserts.
Notable stand-alone options include tri-zone climate control, a premium 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, massaging multicontour front seats, heated rear seats, a rear entertainment system, and a trailer hitch. Optional for the GLE 63 S is a performance exhaust system.
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