Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Review

By Nitesh Sharma   |  June 12, 2014


The Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG has always been appreciated for its agility and performance despite having enormous body proportions. The latest entry in India is the third generation ML63 AMG which promises even better driving dynamics and luxury with improved fuel efficiency and features. This premium luxury SUV comes with a hefty price tag of INR 1.5 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). This Merc will fight against its rival from Porsche, the Cayenne turbo, and the Range Rovers in our market.

Powertrain & Performance

This new ML63 AMG has under its bonnet one of the most powerful V8 petrol engines available in India and in its class. It——s a 5.5 litre, 32 valve, DOHC engine pumping out a massive power output of 550 bhp. This sheer power, coupled with a heavy torque figure of 759 Nm, always makes sure that you have enough go whenever you need it. That's not all, this 2.2 ton SUV is capable of reaching 100 kph from zero within 5 seconds; really astonishing for a vehicle of this size and weight. Merc offers this AMG with their 4Matic all wheel drive system which supplies power to the front and rear wheels in 40:60 ratio as now this all wheel drive system is available without differential lock system. This powerful petrol unit is mated to a seven speed automatic transmission which performs differently in three driving modes —— Comfort, Sport and Manual. The comfort mode changes gear easily without any hassle and runs on eco-mode which saves fuel by turning on the engine's stop-start function. The two other modes, as their names suggest, bring the actual fun into play by unleashing the complete power of this vehicle. The sports mode changes gear frequently as per throttle inputs while the manual mode gives you the control of this monster. If you really want to test the limits of this car then believe us, you will require long expressways without any traffic. The way the power kicks in can only be felt and not described. It becomes quite a task to keep the power under control particularly when riding in city traffic where even a slight throttle press can give a sudden response. The new ML63 AMG features completely new AMG developed sports suspension with Airmatic air springs, independent damper struts and adaptive damping system which gives a nice comfortable ride inside this high seating SUV. None of the potholes are felt inside thanks to this adaptable suspension system and large 20 inch wheels. Yes, certainly looking at the height of this SUV, you will consider the fact that there will be body roll around the corner at high speeds, but its wide tyres and Active Curve system does the job of keeping the vehicle level quite well.

Build & Styling

There are certain and significant updates made to this new car which gives it a fresh appeal and makes it feel more refreshed than ever before. The front and rear fascias of this car make it look more aggressive and dynamic than before. The LED side indicators at front, xenon headlights, air-inlets on the bonnet and front bumper looks sporty with sharp lines running all across the body. The wider body flanks with V8 AMG badging houses the new AMG 20 inch alloy wheels which look extremely sporty with new side skirts. The AMG exhaust system featuring twin exhaust pipes is placed in a black diffuser at the back which adds a dynamic feel to the look of this car. This 5 seater SUV offers generous amount of space and luxury inside. Premium leather seats engraved with AMG on their backrests makes it feel special and exclusive. As far as list of comfort features is concerned, the car features a 7 inch display with navigation system, real traffic and weather updates, a Harmon/Kardon 7 speaker surround audio system with USB port, radio and Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted controls. Apart from these, the ML63 AMG also incorporates 10-way power adjustable, active ventilated front seats, Parktronic with active parking assist, an optional AMG steering wheel and much more. The list of safety features in ML63 AMG is also impressive as its equipped with nine airbags, ABS with ESP and stability control, Blind Spot warning, Lane keeping assist and Pre-Safe system. Modern safety features such as a radar based Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist system with acoustic warnings can also be seen in this latest AMG.


Yes, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is a tremendously powerful SUV and in fact, we would say, it——s one of those few SUVs which bring together the rarely seen combination of power, luxury and status.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • New 4Matic all wheel drive
    • Advanced features
    • Astonishing speed
  • Cons

    • Visually similar to its cheaper siblings
    • Very expensive