Mercedes GLE Coupe review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, diesel/plugin elec hybrid, petrol
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RRP £69,595What Car? Target Price from£65,639
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Mercedes GLE Coupe prices start quite a bit higher than those for the GLE SUV. That’s because you can’t have a cheap four-cylinder diesel or a pared back trim level. A BMW X6 doesn’t cost as much, although that starts with lesser trim levels than Mercedes’ plush AMG Line Premium Plus. 

CO2 emissions are high for the regular petrol and diesel models, which sit in the 37% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket. However, the 350de’s mega electric-only range and fuel sipping 2.0-litre diesel mean that it only emits 23g/km and, impressively, gets into the 6% BIK bracket. The X6 can’t get anywhere near that, so you’d need a BMW X5 45e to match it or a Porsche Cayenne Coupe to get reasonably close.

Of course, you’re probably aware that the GLE Coupe will cost a fair bit to buy and run, so let's instead focus on the toys you get. AMG Line Premium Plus comes with all the goodies we’ve already mentioned plus four-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, a punchy Burmester stereo and illuminated aluminium-effect running boards to help you in and out.

Every GLE Coupe comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty – pretty much par for the course in this class. There's also roadside assistance for three years, so you won't be stranded on a verge or hard shoulder if you break down.

Mercedes’ reliability record isn’t great. Overall, the brand finished a lowly 26th out of the 31 manufacturers that were included in the What Car? Reliability Survey. However, bucking the trend of the manufacturer’s other models, the GLE finished in a strong third position in the Luxury SUV class, behind the Audi Q7 and Porsche Macan but ahead of the BMW X5, Range Rover Sport and Volvo XC90.

The GLE Coupe gets plenty of active safety tech as standard, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and blind-spot monitoring. Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the Coupe, although the SUV got the full five stars. 

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Overview

The Mercedes GLE Coupé is undeniably well-equipped and looks impressively flash inside, however, there are better picks for the money. An Audi Q8 is comfier and has a better built interior, a Porsche Cayenne Coupé is more fun to drive and a BMW X6 is a better all-rounder. The plug-in hybrid 350de does make a lot of sense to company car users, though.

  • Low CO2 emissions on plug-in
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Big boot on non-plug-ins
  • Unsettled ride
  • Not particularly fun to drive
  • Limited rear head room

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