First things first: the GLE Coupe is a heavy car – the diesel model weighs 2,250kg, and the fastest petrol one is 100kg more.
The 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.
The GLE Coupe isn't as agile as a BMW X6, nor is it as comfortable as a Range Rover Sport
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 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.