Now that I’m a dad, I have to admit that I’m getting more and more interested in SUVs. Sure, I love my Urus and the G63, so that’s no surprise, but what may shock you is how much I’ve grown to really consider the GLS63 a viable SUV option.
It’s a seven seater so great for the whole family, plenty of trunk space so it’s a great grocery item, over 6,000 pounds so it classifies as a section 179 hack , and it’s a Mercedes, so maintenance isn’t as horrible on it as a Bentayga or Urus would be.
Also if you’re someone with small toddlers or newborns it’s not like the G63 it’s lower which means it’s so much easier to get in and out kids out of their car seat than with the stereotypical bus-height SUV we see a lot.
It’s an SUV I’ve seen a lot of members get into over the years, better never one I personally owned, so I borrowed one from Exotics Hunter for the weekend to get a feel for it. My thoughts and all the other fun stuff are below for you to review, and I hope it helps you decide if the GLS63 AMG is right for you.
Because it’s a seven-seater, you might think it’s a boat to drive, but it’s actually quite easy to maneuver.
Plus it’s an AMG at the end of the day so if you still need to assert your dominance and race against another flag football dad after practice to show him who’s boss … you can.
Under the hood, you’ll find a twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 561 pounds of torque. Notice how I said V8, given Mercedes’ statements about how they won’t be producing V8s anymore, that means good things for the longevity of this car’s value.
That power gives the 6,000+ pound GLS63 AMG the ability to hit 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 12.8 seconds with a top speed of 174 miles per hour. That’s crazy for a 7-seater SUV.
Another great aspect of driving this SUV you don’t care about so much. In a Bentayga, Urus, DBX, you’re so careful and hyper aware of your surroundings because a crash or a bump, a scratch or a dent is a huge ordeal to fix with these rare SUVs. But with the GLS63, I felt very comfortable and not nervous when I left the car in a public parking lot to go to dinner with my family.
Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG Common issues
One of the most notorious issues with the GLS is that oil leaks are common at higher mileage. And it’s not just any oil leak that can leave an embarrassing stain on your driveway or garage floor. No, these oil leaks have proven to be the direct cause of many GLS engine failures directly.
This is a problem that can indeed be identified and fixed before you take possession of your potential GLS if you have a PPI performed on the vehicle. Be sure to specifically request that the engine guard be removed and photos be taken of the cars under the shields to ensure there are no leaks for yourself and keep documentation regardless of the outcome.
There are indeed other recalls that have been issued relating to the GLS range as a whole where certain GLS63 models may have been affected, just be sure to check with the previous owner and run the VIN to ensure that all applicable reminders have been made and if they should not ask why and how they can be done before you take possession.
For a full list of reminders, click HERE
Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG Cost of ownership/maintenance
Mercedes SUVs aren’t that expensive to maintain, it’s fair that society talked so much bullshit about Mercedes for so many years when few people who had those opinions had Mercedes either.
Relatively speaking, if you find an independent, third-party shop that is certified and knowledgeable about Mercedes, they will be able to do the job for a fraction of the cost that a Mercedes dealership would charge you.
As a general rule, unless it’s under warranty, never take it to the dealership. Do your research, find a store you trust, and save money while building a relationship with a store that you can use again and again for this hack and others that will definitely come up in the future.
Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG Trim differences
There are no additional trim levels for the GLS63 AMG as this itself is the highest trim level in the Mercedes GLS range.
Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG Choice
Since the GLS63 AMG is the top version of the GLS lineup, there aren’t many options that are interchangeable or can be added to this specific car. In this case, it will be color combinations. Designo colors will always do better. Carbon fiber inserts in the interior, including a carbon fiber steering wheel, are a must. The 22-inch multi-spoke wheels are another great option to have along with red painted calipers. One final upgrade that is good to have with all Mercedes is the Bang and Olufsen sound system it sounds great and adds a good dollar to the sticker on the car while giving you a major selling point by compared to models that do not have it. BUT the biggest option that would make your GLS63 more desirable than any other on the market and make the hack stronger than before, having the captains chairs in the second row.
Best Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG Buy
Hacking-wise, the 17-19 models are your best bet for value. In addition to this, you will want to try and find a car with the following options as they are considered by far the most desirable and help add value to the car’s MSRP and set it apart from lower end models on the market. market. .
- Designo diamond white paint (or any designo paint option)
- Captains chair second row seats (perhaps the best option to have)
- Red brake calipers
- Night package
- Carbon interior
- Carbon steering wheel
- 22″ multi-spoke rims
- Easy 2nd row electrical entry
- Bang and Olufsen improved the sound
All in all, if you need a 7-seater SUV that can work for Section 179, the Mercedes GLS63 is the answer. Not only is it a great hack due to the values remaining strong with AMG status, it’s incredibly usable, and having only been released in 2017, it gives all models more up-to-date tech to those who care about this sort of thing. Who knows, maybe I’ll add one to my fleet soon!