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Once upon a time, one of the key reasons for buying an SUV was practicality. However, when it comes to living happily ever after, it seems that an increasing number of people want a little bit more sport from their vehicle and are perfectly content with a little less utility in return. Enter the Mercedes GLE Coupé.
Based on the square-rigged GLE SUV, the Coupé has its wheels 60mm closer together to help it feel more agile, while its roof is, of course, more heavily raked. Unsurprisingly, there’s no seven-seat option and overall boot capacity also shrinks compared to its sensible sibling. Even so, it’s still a little bigger than its predecessor, generating a bit more space inside.
There’s a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid motors under the bonnet, although you don’t get quite as many options as you do with the SUV. With only a limited range of trims available, too, all you need to do is pick your engine, colour and any additional trinkets you might want. It’s as simple as a fairy tale.
Of course, Mercedes was by no means the first to mash SUV and coupé together, and certainly aren’t the last, either. So, don’t forget to check out rivals including the origin of the species, the Audi Q8 plus the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne Coupé.
But first, keep reading for our in-depth review of the Mercedes GLE Coupé. We’ll cover off what it’s like to drive, what engine you should pick and just how much practicality you have to sacrifice to get those looks. Once you’ve made your mind up, have a look at our New Car Buying pages for some hefty discounts.
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