In-depth reviews

Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV review

"The Mercedes GLE Coupe is still spacious despite its rakish roof, but it's expensive"

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Pros

  • Spacious
  • Relaxed drive
  • Beautiful interior

Cons

  • Expensive to run
  • Limited model range
  • Active suspension unavailable

Just as with the BMW X6 that invented the coupe-SUV niche, you buy the Mercedes GLE Coupe because of its design, rather than for practical reasons. It's a distinctive model that's unlikely to be spotted twice in the same car park, lending it a dash of exclusivity.

From behind the wheel, though, it feels rather similar to the mainstream GLE SUV. That's to say it's comfortable, refined and smooth, with an excellent nine-speed automatic gearbox easing away the miles. And despite efforts to sharpen up the chassis for this version, rivals like the Porsche Cayenne Coupe still offer greater driving thrills. The latest GLE Coupe is now much closer to the BMW X6 for driving pleasure, marking a big step up from the original.

The GLE Coupe is hardly slow either; there's plenty of grip from those wide tyres and Mercedes' 4MATIC four-wheel drive, while every engine offers impressive acceleration. The GLE Coupe 400 d's six-cylinder diesel is brawny and gets this SUV from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds, despite it weighing over two tonnes. Choose the GLE Coupe AMG 53 instead and the 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol is augmented with a small electric motor, covering off the same benchmark in 5.3 seconds.  The GLE 63 S is even faster, taking a scarcely believable three seconds flat to get from 0-62mph. Fuel-efficiency for the diesel is just 33.6mpg, though, so if you want a GLE Coupe that's slightly cheaper to run, the GLE 350 de plug-in hybrid is the best option.

With a 2.0-litre diesel engine, electric motor and 30.8kWh battery, this can drive for over 60 miles on electricity alone, giving it a fuel economy figure of 313.9mpg and CO2 emissions of just 23g/km. 

Making the costs somewhat more palatable, the GLE Coupe boasts a luxurious interior, coming in AMG Line Premium Plus trim as standard. Twin digital screens give the dashboard a futuristic feel and there's just about every gadget imaginable to make life easier, including "Hey Mercedes" voice commands. Air suspension soaks up most bumps in the road and the automatic gearbox trades some speed for smooth shifts. 

Despite the sloping roof, this is still a big car with plenty of room for adults in the back. There's also a large 655-litre boot that's slightly bigger than that offered in the BMW X6. Another tick in the box comes from Euro NCAP's five-star crash safety score, partly a reflection of the long list of standard safety equipment.

Recommended

Revealed: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift
2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace - front 3/4 dynamic
Volkswagen
11 May 2021

Revealed: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift

Ford Kuga SUV review
Ford Kuga Titanium
Ford Kuga
11 May 2021

Ford Kuga SUV review

Ford Kuga owner reviews
Ford Kuga Titanium
Ford Kuga
11 May 2021

Ford Kuga owner reviews

New Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed
2022 Subaru Solterra - front 3/4
Subaru
11 May 2021

New Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2021
Vauxhall Corsa
Deals
7 May 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Best electric cars
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
6 May 2021

Best electric cars

Best first cars
VW Up! - front
City cars
10 May 2021

Best first cars

More on GLE Coupe SUV

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe revealed
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe front driving
Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV
18 Feb 2020

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe revealed

Hot 603bhp Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe will take on BMW X6 M and Porsche Cayenne Coupe this spring
New Mercedes GLE 2018: price, specs and release date
Mercedes GLE SUV
29 Sep 2017

New Mercedes GLE 2018: price, specs and release date

Next-gen Mercedes GLE – seen in exclusive images - set to feature E-Class-inspired interior and sleeker looks
Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV (2015-2018)
Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV
10 Jul 2017

Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV (2015-2018)

“The Mercedes GLE Coupe is a big, fast and stylish coupe-SUV, but it’s hugely expensive and its  rivals are more fun to drive”

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
6 May 2021

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks