Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG Review

By   |  July 9, 2014


This is one of Mercedes-Benz——s largest vehicles and boy, does it have presence! Take it out on the road and especially with all the AMG styling tweaks that makes it look even more menacing and imposing than it normally does; make no mistake, people will notice. If you——re the type of person who likes to loudly broadcast your arrival to all and sundry, the big GL63 AMG is the car for you.

Powertrain & Performance

This vehicle has had the AMG treatment. What more of a certificate of performance does one need after that? The GL63 AMG is powered by an enormous 5.5 litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine that belts out 557 hp. With a 7G-tronic, AMG automatic transmission to channel that power, this heavy SUV can go from a standstill to 100 kph in 4.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. How economical is it, you ask? Seriously? As the saying goes, if you need to ask, you probably can——t afford it. This is a car that tips the scales (well, almost flattens the scales!) at over two and a half tons and the sheer sensation of being blasted towards the horizon at such terrific speed is almost impossible to articulate.

Build & Styling

Step inside the Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG and you will see that it isn——t exactly poky inside. It is, in fact, a proper 7 seater SUV and extremely spacious. Which means that it can easily carry you, your spouse, your 2 grown-up children and (unlikely as it may be) even their girl/boyfriends. And your dog. And all the bags. This top-of-the-line GL is endowed with all the supremely exotic (and supremely expensive) materials that we——re used to seeing in high end cars nowadays. There are swathes of leather that cover literally everything apart from the occupants! Leather can be found on the seats, armrest, steering wheel, dashboard and even in the door panelling. Obviously, this is all super high quality leather, not something off any random cow. This big Merc is stuffed full of the latest gadgets and we aren——t talking about boring things like regular air conditioning or a regular sound system. This is a Mercedes-Benz and it just wouldn——t be one without being equipped with some James Bond-esque kit like Attention Assist, AIRMATIC air suspension, Active Parking Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Intelligent Light System with off-road lighting, massaging seats and optional extras like a 360—— camera, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, a high end audio system from Bang & Olufsen, Distronic Plus and so on.


As a package that combines all these aspects, the German luxury vehicle manufacturer has delivered a car that is truly brilliant in every conceivable manner. The GL63 AMG is very desirable and, in many ways, unique in its segment.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Superlative performance
    • Long list of features
    • Excellent quality
  • Cons

    • Very expensive
    • Looks might not be to everyone's liking