2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53

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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53
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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 review: Our expert's take

By Fred Meier

Mercedes-Benz continues the rollout of its redesigned GLE-Class SUVs with the sportier fastback “coupe” variant, unveiling the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 featuring the company’s new turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Boosts Mid-Size SUV Lineup With AMG GLE53

The new coupe-SUV mashup model picks up much of the front-end look of the coming AMG 53 version of the redone 2020 GLE conventional SUV. The coupe, however, rides on a 2.4-inch-shorter wheelbase, and the roof and rear styling are all its own. The fastback roofline seems more sloped than the current GLE Coupe, and the rear is a softer and relatively more graceful design (the rear end seems to be the thorniest design problem for these Euro “four-door coupe” models). Check out the gallery above and judge for yourself. Otherwise, the coupe model gets mildly aggressive AMG styling cues; expect the likely full-on AMG 63 V-8 down the road to be wilder. While other markets get non-AMG versions, too, the current GLE Coupe is offered only in AMG models here.

The new powertrain, which made its debut in AMG 53 versions of the current E-Class models and the 2019 CLS, features a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, with a starter-generator motor sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed AMG automatic transmission. AMG performance all-wheel drive is standard.

The engine puts out 429 horsepower and 384 pounds-feet of torque. The starter-generator system, which Mercedes calls EQ Boost, can add 21 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque for launch, and it also feeds the 48-volt electrical system. The system powers a separate electric intake compressor that supplements the engine’s conventional exhaust-gas turbocharger. EQ Boost also improves efficiency by functioning as a mild-hybrid system that can recoup energy, motivate the SUV during throttle-off gliding and power the stop-start system for “practically unnoticeable” engine restarting, according to Mercedes. Zero-to-60 mph is estimated at 5.2 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The AMG-flavored interior — as well as the full range of AMG chassis and electronic performance systems and options — also follow on from the 2020 AMG GLE53 conventional SUV. The 2021 GLE53 Coupe will make its auto show debut in September at the Frankfurt auto show in Germany, and it will go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2020.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 2.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 2.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Very DISSAPPOINTED with this car

My 2021 AMG GLE is the worst car i have ever owned. It has been Towed to the dealer now 3 times in less then a year. My battery has died 2 times. Mercedes told me this is very uncommon but after reading the reviews it looks like they have a MAJOR BATTERY issue. DO NOT BUY! Very EXPENSIVE and NOT RELIABLE


2021 AMG GL 53-Gorgeous & Sleek, Dud on the Street

I purchased this 2021 GLE53 and have had multiple issues with the suspension and transmission since the 1st month of ownership. It has been in the shop for software updates and adjustments but they don't provide a permanent solution. It also won't hold an alignment. It is currently in the shop again. The service mechanic drove it home to experience all the technical difficulties I was experiencing firsthand. They cannot at this point find a fix. I am at round three with the suspension and transmission problems. The thrust forward at stop signs and then lack of acceleration are software issues. It is now covered under the Lemon Law and MB is about to take this vehicle back whether they want to or not. I'm sad because I love the look of the vehicle inside and out but the $120K price tag doesn't warrant these issues. This was a long term purchase and I certainly don't want to deal with this when it is outside my extended warranty. This is my 5th MB and I never had issues on any of my others. Sometimes things happen on the assembly line but after reading others comments it appears this is becoming a common issue for this model.


Better ways to spend nearly $100K

Like others, recurring problems nearly from day one of owning the car (June 2020). It's in the shop, again, today. Not quite two years later and been in the shop numerous times. Do not buy this car.

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48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
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96 months/100,000 miles
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48 months/50,000 miles
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6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
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1 year/unlimited miles
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