2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Assessment: Caught In The Center

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 sounds prefer it ought to be a best-of-all-worlds mix of efficiency and luxury, however in observe, this SUV simply feels compromised. The high-strung nature of the engine and transmission do not combine with the in any other case relaxed dynamics. I suppose the GLE 53 is smart in case you simply need the look and bragging rights of AMG possession, because it’s $40,950 inexpensive than the GLE 63 S. However is that basically a robust sufficient motive to purchase?

The aforementioned GLE 450e plug-in hybrid presents the advantage of actual electrical vary, and at $70,650, it is $17,250 cheaper than the GLE 53. Nevertheless, the true treasure of the lineup is the GLE 580, which has extra energy (510 hp, 538 lb-ft), higher character (hi there, V8 engine) and it is each bit as luxurious, all for a similar worth ($50 inexpensive to start out, really). Do not care as a lot about efficiency? A GLE 350 or GLE 450 will nearly actually swimsuit you simply superb. Need extra bang on your buck elsewhere? BMW will promote you a V8 within the X5 M60i for under a pair thousand {dollars} extra.

In a vacuum, the AMG GLE 53 is fairly candy. However with a lot overlap throughout the lineup, what may very well be a standout star as an alternative appears like a hodgepodge of different GLEs’ higher attributes.