Grasso’s Garage: Mercedes’ GLE63S is a powerful SUV coupe

When it comes to fast, Mercedes always get the job done.

Although an acquired taste, the SUV coupe has gained some recent popularity in its overall design and comfort abilities. For Mercedes, add power to that list and you get one sweet ride.


This week in Grasso’s Garage we explore the Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe. In typical Mercedes fashion, we get the select AMG version to test which brings all of the power to the ground and fun to the seat.

Powered by the phenomenal output of the handcrafted 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo engine producing 603 horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque, the GLE 63 S Coupe is certainly a ground pounder. That was aligned with a Speedshift TCT 9-speed automatic transmission, which we tested in Sport+ mode most of the time, keeping the RPMs high and the torque levels instant.


While 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard, we noticed an abundance of other standard features that paired nicely with the GLE Coupe. A 12.3″ touchscreen infotainment display, a 12.3″ widescreen digital instrument cluster for the driver, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mercedes user experience (MBUX), 64-color ambient interior lighting, heated and ventilated seats, and a panoramic roof all added to the experience.

Optioned up on our SUV Coupe were Carbon Fiber trim, 22″ AMG forged wheels, augmented video, MBUX interior assistant, the driver’s assistance package plus, which came with an array of safety features, the warmth and comfort package, perfect for the northeast winters and the acoustic package providing that extra insulation needed for a great overall riding experience. With extras totaling just over $11,000, Mercedes offers an array of value-added options fit for every consumer.

Our Emerald Green Metallic tester was really comfortable and a spectacular green if I might add. As the SUV coupe is specifically designed for comfort and sleekness, it really showed out well. Although its egg-like shape is not for everyone, there is a market for it. What really impressed us on the test was the power though. Mercedes’ handcrafted AMG engine is second to none. Not only does it do the job, but it does it well and in an exquisite Mercedes way that makes all consumers come back for more.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe

MSRP: $116,000

As tested: $128,250

MPG: 15 city, 19 highway, 16.4 as tested