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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe Test Drive The midrange AMG crossover coupé

 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupé The mid-range AMG crossover coupé is truly fascinating

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe Test Drive

Driving the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe


The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe are very similar from behind the wheel in terms of the commanding driving position, luxury appointments, and featured. Both handle daily driving duties gracefully yet savor the opportunity to be challenged by a twisty backcountry road. The suspension on both is soft when requested, yet firm when needed. Both are near identical in the way they drive

Yet mash the accelerator pedal, and a significant difference is immediately noticed. The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe jumps off the line eagerly. Its turbocharged inline-6 is buttery smooth, and the integrated starter-generator seamlessly adds power, so acceleration is powerful and effortless. Turned up a few notches, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, with its turbocharged V8 and integrated starter-generator, is much more voracious. The 603-hp crossover rockets off the line with a ravenous roar bellowing from its exhaust pipes as it devours the pavement – its demeanor is significantly more elevated

Whether you choose the powerful GLE 53 or even more powerful GLE 63 S, you’ll have a well-engineered crossover Coupe that can put respected sports cars on notice while carrying five passengers in luxury


How Much Does the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe Cost

The base price of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe is $76,500. The company has not released pricing on the more powerful GLE 63 S Coupe model, but it should cost slightly more than the company’s standard GLE 63 S crossover, which starts at $114,945. This pricing is slightly better than the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, but more expensive than the comparative BMW X6 models

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe Standard Features


In addition to the hand-built engines with integrated starters/generators and a slick-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission, the AMG GLE Coupes are packed with standard features that are additional-cost upgrades on the standard GLE SUV

Key standard features include heated front seats, a power-operated rear liftgate, remote start (via the Mercedes me mobile app), dual-zone climate control, panoramic glass roof, and 64-color LED cabin lighting. A 12.3-inch touch-sensitive infotainment screen is standard, which sits adjacent to the standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. As expected in this premium segment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included along with five USB ports

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe: High-Horsepower High-Rider


Powering this bulbous behemoth is a wonderfully smooth turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It is supplemented by Mercedes' EQ Boost system which can add up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque to the already potent 429 hp and 384 lb-ft from the gasoline engine. It sounds the part of a sporty brute too; our test car came equipped with the $1,250 AMG Performance Exhaust System, which yields a meaty burble at idle and emits delicious crackles on lift-off

  • Which Model is Right for Me 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe
429-horsepower engine
EQ Boost starter/generator
Panoramic glass roof
64-color LED cabin lighting

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

603-horsepower engine
EQ Boost starter/generator
4Matic permanent all-wheel drive
AMG sport seats w/Nappa leather
6-piston front brakes



  • How fast is a Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe?
With a turbocharged 429 horsepower engine boosted by an electric starter motor, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph

  • How much does the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe cost

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe has a base price of $76,500. Add a $995 destination to both prices

  • What is the difference between a GLC Coupe and a GLE Coupe

While the GLC Coupe and GLE Coupe are visually similar, the GLE Coupe is larger, more powerful, and more expensive. The GLE Coupe offers 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which beats the 49.4 cubic feet of the GLC Coupe