Driving the AMG is predictably pleasurable. There's no lack of power or torque, and the ML63 is swift off the line. Like many SUVs, it experiences some body roll when pushed through corners. But the ML63 handles winding roadways with tact and control.
Mercedes-Benz's COMAND interface is adaptable and intuitive, making it one of the more impressive user displays systems on the market. The controls are well-arranged and easy to use.
The ML63 AMG lacks a third row, which limits space to five passengers. As expected, the interior finishes are top-notch. With the rear seats folded, there is 71 cubic feet of cargo space.
Included on the options list are serious off-road upgrades like a two-speed transfer case and an adjustable suspension system, allowing the ML63 to tackle rugged terrain with ease -- though it would be a shame to mar such a vehicle with the blemishes of a backwoods trail.