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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (2015–)

Last updated 3 February 2018

 
4
Kerb weight 2220–2350 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing 12,500–15,500 miles

Full specifications

Driving

The GLE Coupe makes most sense with the 350d diesel engine. Despite the name it actually uses a 3.0-litre V6 engine, albeit it turbocharged to provide 258PS. It may be the 'entry-level' model in the range but it offers more than enough performance, helped in no small part by the mammoth 620Nm of torque which is available from low revs, just 1600rpm.

This means it pulls like a train and you'll never be left wanting for pace. It's not quite as quick as the 35d engine in the BMW X6, the GLE Coupe taking 7.0 seconds to get from 0-62mph compared to 6.7 seconds for the X6, but in everyday driving it feels just as potent.

Economy is reasonable with a claimed 39.2mpg - we'd expect to see around 30mpg in real world driving - while emissions of 187g/km put it in VED band J. 

The GLE Coupe benefits from the excellent Mercedes-Benz nine-speed automatic. It may seem overly complex to have so many ratios, but the 9G-TRONIC gearbox delivers seamless shifts and kicks down quickly to make overtaking effortless. Add in 4Matic four-wheel drive and traction is impressive given all the torque available, even in the wet.

Given that the GLE Coupe is based on the old ML, you'd be forgiven for having concerns over the handling. But the GLE has had a complete overhaul including - crucially - a new steering system. As a result, it's a completely different animal and far more confidence-inspiring in corners.

The steering is nicely weighted and responsive for a big car, yet the GLE Coupe rarely feels nimble. It's an SUV that's great for covering big motorway miles, but is far from ideal for negotiating down country lanes. It does actually corner very well, but you never forget that this is a car that's two metres wide and weighs 2.2 tonnes. 

The upside is that it does ride particularly well, even when fitted with the 21-inch standard alloys. That's down to the self-levelling air suspension and active damping which comes as standard. It means the GLE Coupe is quiet over bumps and deals well with poorly surfaced roads.

Aside from the diesel, there's also a 450 AMG model, powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol with 367PS while the outright performance model is the mammoth AMG 63 S which has a 5.5-litre V8 engine producing 585PS and giving the big GLE Coupe a 0-62mph time of just 4.2 seconds.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
GLE 350 d 39 mpg 7.0 s 140 mph 187 g/km
GLE 350 d AMG 36 mpg 7.0 s 140 mph 190 g/km
GLE 43 AMG 27–32 mpg 5.7 s 155 mph 209–215 g/km
GLE 450 32 mpg 5.7 s 155 mph 209 g/km
GLE 63 AMG 20 mpg 4.2 s 175 mph 278 g/km
GLE 63 AMG S 24 mpg 4.2 s 155 mph 278 g/km
List Price from £55,710
Buy new from £47,695
Contract hire from £515.11 per month
 

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