Mercedes GLE Coupe (2015-2019) review
The Mercedes GLE Coupe is Merc’s answer to the BMW X6 – it’s a sporty 4×4 SUV coupe. Underneath the GLE Coupe’s sexier curves you’ll find the same mechanical bits as on the more traditional looking GLE.
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Every Mercedes GLE Coupe comes with four-wheel drive as standard, so it grips well in corners and it handles twisty roads impressively well for a two-tonne car.
GLE Coupe buyers will get to choose from three petrol engines and one diesel. At the top of the range is the 5.4-litre V8 AMG GLE 63 S with 577hp, which gets from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds. The most popular choice in the UK will likely be the diesel GLE350d, however, which will dash from 0-62mph in seven seconds and top out at 140mph.
The ride is mostly comfortable thanks to standard air suspension, and a standard automatic gearbox means driving it around town will be easy if you can get used to the size of it. The GLE Coupe has a 650-litre boot, which is significantly bigger than the BMW X6’s and should be plenty for long family holidays.
Safety kit includes autonomous braking, a 360-degree parking camera, a lane departure warning system, a night-vision camera, and heated windscreen wipers.
The GLE Coupe is a more stylish version of the GLE that still has plenty of passenger space
The Mercedes GLE Coupe is a good all-rounder for buyers who want a large 4×4 but with a more exciting shape than the usual box-like offerings. It has a big boot, a range of powerful engines and a lovely interior.
Those positives are balanced out by the fact it’s relatively expensive to buy and will be quite expensive to run – even if you buy the diesel version. The GLE Coupe is, however, excellent competition for the similar-looking BMW X6, which until now has had the stylish 4×4 coupe market all to itself.
The Mercedes GLE Coupe has loads of room in the front and more room in the back and boot than you would expect, but if you need more space, go for the regular GLE
In terms of practicality, at least, there's not too big a price to pay for the sleeker looks of the Coupe rather than the regular GLE
Getting comfortable behind the steering wheel is easy – it adjusts for height and reach, and the driver’s seat can also be raised, so you can enjoy the Mercedes GLE Coupe’s raised driving position even if you’re a bit on the short side.
There’s plenty of room for adults in the front, but it may come as a surprise that Mercedes has found a way to give the car a sporty sloping roofline without making adults in the back feel too cramped. On the other hand, if you do need a bit more, you can try the regular GLE.
In-car storage is good with big door bins and a decent glove box. There’s also a place to put your sunglasses and the central cubby houses USB ports that can connect your device to the car’s infotainment system.
You’ll be impressed with the Mercedes GLE Coupe’s boot size – at 650 litres it’s 70 litres larger than the BMW X6’s, and the rear seats fold down to leave an almost perfectly flat load area. The downside is that the lip you have to lift objects over to get them in the boot is quite high, making it a bit of a backache.
First things first: the Mercedes GLE Coupe is a heavy car – the diesel model weighs 2,250kg, and the fastest petrol one is 100kg more.
The GLE Coupe isn't as agile as a BMW X6, nor is it as comfortable as a Range Rover Sport
The Mercedes GLE Coupe has a more sporting selection of engines compared to the normal GLE, which is less likely to be purchased by performance fans. All engines come with automatic gearboxes and four-wheel-drive systems as standard.
The diesel option is the GLE 350d – a 3.0-litre V6 with 254hp. It has 457lb ft of torque, so there’s always plenty of acceleration at any speed and it gets the GLE Coupe from 0-62mph in seven seconds. A smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard on the diesel version. It also gets 39.2mpg and emits 187g/km of CO2.
Two petrol engines are available. The 362hp twin-turbo V6 GLE450 AMG, and the very fast 5.4-litre V8 GLE 63 AMG, with either 549hp or 577hp. The 577hp GLE 63S model gets from 0-62mph in 4.3 or 4.2 seconds – the same as the BMW X6 M.
The 5.4-litre V8 models crackle and pop as you let off the accelerator too, just to put a smile on your face and remind you that you’re in an incredibly special car.
The good news is you can drive it at speed along twisty roads and, although the car’s body leans a bit, there’s enough grip to give you confidence when going fast. A torque vectoring system helps send power to the wheels that need it most, helping to power you around corners in safety.
The Mercedes GLE Coupe is praised for having a largely comfortable ride, with only larger bumps unsettling the car. UK cars come with air suspension instead of traditional steel springs, and you can choose from three suspension settings as you drive. This means you can make the ride firm when you want to corner quickly, or soften things right off when it’s time to cruise on the motorway.
The Mercedes GLE Coupe has a posh interior and the infotainment system is easy to operate