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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Review

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      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Mercedes-Benz’s BMW X6 rival

Best bits

  • Innovative infotainment system that looks great
  • Strong, powerful and refined engines
  • Spacious for five people, and a big boot

Not so great

  • Coupe body impinges on practicality
  • Build quality can’t quite match that of the best
  • Some doubt about how the car drives

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Overall verdict

"Luxury SUVs come in all shapes and sizes these days, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is about as sizeable and as shapely as it gets. While most SUVs have a boxy, upright stature, the GLE Coupe adopts a design that’s driven more by style than it is practicality or versatility. "

Mercedes GLE Coupe front

Although those with a taste for pedantry might struggle to call it a genuine coupe, due to the fact it has more than two doors, there’s little doubt that the rakish appearance delivered by the car’s sloping roofline catches the eye. Yes, it’ll probably disgust as many people as it delights, but it sure won’t go unnoticed.


The GLE Coupe isn’t alone in occupying this part-SUV-part-coupe niche, either. The BMW X6 has offered a similar mash-up of conventions for a number of years, and although it’s a relatively new kid on the block, the Audi Q8 offers style-conscious buyers another choice. 


Another reasonably new entrant is the Cayenne Coupe based on Porsche’s brilliant family SUV, while the Range Rover Sport has been joined by the slightly smaller Velar in Land Rover’s offensive on the class. That’s some pretty impressive company for the GLE to keep, so can it compete?


Well, practicality might not be the be-all-and-end-all here, but importantly, the GLE has generous space for five, provided those in the back aren’t much over six foot, in which case headroom becomes a wee bit tight. 


The boot is the biggest in the class, though, and access to it is easier than in most rivals. You could also argue it has the edge on infotainment, with its two high-definition glass-fronted screens - that handle a wide range of functionality - injecting some real wow-factor. The GLE’s cabin is also classy enough to feel at home in such well-heeled company.


True, the big Merc might look a bit expensive, but there’s a reason. While the regular Mercedes GLE - a conventional five-door SUV - offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, plus a number of different equipment grades to suit all tastes and budgets, the Coupe only comes in a couple of high-spec forms, with big powerful engines and loads of luxury kit. You’ll want for nothing in terms of power and pampering, so it’s no wonder you’ll be required to pay for it.


Exactly how the car drives isn’t quite so clear-cut yet, though. The only car we’ve tried was fitted with a suspension that you can’t have in the UK, even as an optional extra, so a few questions remain unanswered. However, it’ll have to be pretty special when in such prestigious company.


Regardless, the GLE Coupe is a desirable car, and makes a decent case for itself against rivals, especially if you’re into your tech.


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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

GLE 350d 4Matic AMG Night Edition 5dr 9G-Tronic

  • 2019
  • 17,999 miles
  • Mercedes-Benz of Guildford
  • Surrey, GU11RU
Price:£41,495
PCP: £636.71/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £636.71, Customer Deposit: £6,224.00, Total Deposit: £6,224.25, Optional Final Payment: £21,061.71, Total Charge For Credit: £8,075.81, Total Amount Payable: £49,570.81, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 22.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

GLE 350d 4Matic AMG Night Ed Prem + 5dr 9G-Tronic

  • 2018
  • 18,201 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mercedes-Benz Brooklands
  • Surrey, KT130SL
Price:£40,999
PCP: £680.03/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £680.03, Customer Deposit: £6,149.00, Total Deposit: £6,149.85, Optional Final Payment: £19,630.03, Total Charge For Credit: £8,581.93, Total Amount Payable: £49,580.93, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 10.39%, Excess Mileage Charge: 22.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe right for you?

The GLE Coupe is a car you buy with your heart rather than your head. If your head were choosing a big luxury SUV, it’d choose one with seven seats, a big boxy cabin, a comfortable, quiet ride, decent fuel economy, and all at a relatively affordable price. Basically, your head would choose an Audi Q7.


But not everyone wants sensible. Some want fun. Some want eye-catching. Some merely want to be different to everybody else, and they’re prepared to pay a premium to get it. If you’re one of those people, then the GLC Coupe could well fit the bill. Compared with its rivals, it offers bags of luxury kit, powerful engines and a clever infotainment system that tech-heads will love.

What's the best Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe model/engine to choose?

With only powerful high-end engines to choose from, and one lavishly stocked trim on offer, you don’t have many choices to make with the GLC Coupe. It really just comes down to whether you want a diesel car or a petrol car.


Both have their positives. The petrol is faster and has a more sophisticated air suspension, while the diesel is cheaper to buy and run, but still stupidly fast. With a gun to our heads, we’d probably just give the nod to the diesel, not just for its economic advantage, but also for the fact you’ll have to stop less often to fill it up with fuel. But that really is all there is to it.

What other cars are similar to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe?

There was a time when a coupe was a coupe and an SUV was an SUV, and never the twain would meet. Those days, however, are over and it seems the slinkily-styled 4x4 is here to stay. 


The BMW X6 is probably the most obvious and best-known rival, and the Audi Q8 will also be looking to tempt the same buyers. Land Rover have a couple of contenders at this kind of size and price, with both the Range Rover Velar and the Range Rover Sport fitting the bill for customers. Porsche will also have a say with the excellent Cayenne Coupe.

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Mercedes GLE Coupe interior

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Driving

Mercedes GLE Coupe side profile

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