The list of high performance SUVs seems to grow longer every year, but are they all starting to feel the same? In this review, Miles considers what elements of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4Matic+ are class-leading, what needs improvement, and what about a 603-horsepower, $115,000 SUV makes any sense.

This particular GLE 63 S is painted in Brilliant Blue Metallic paint and comes equipped with the driver assistance package, warmth and comfort package, acoustic comfort package, 22-inch AMG wheels, and Burmester sound system. Competitors include the 2020 BMW X5 M Competition, Audi RSQ8, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.



Price (as tested) 💲: $133,075

Powertrain ⚙️: 4.0-liter Bi-Turbo V8 + 48-volt EQ Boost

Output 💪: 603 hp and 627 lb/ft of torque

Transmission 🕹: 9-speed automatic transmission

0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.0 seconds

Top Speed 💥: 174 mph

MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 15 city/ 22 highway/ 18 combined

Curb weight ⚖️: 5,300 lbs