2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe verdict

Not only is there a new version of the Mercedes GLE Coupe, it's now available as a plug-in hybrid. We've driven it to find out if it's any good...

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe side

So, should you buy a GLE 350de Coupe? Well, the low BIK tax for company car users and potential savings from running it in electric mode certainly appeal, especially given its long range. We also appreciate that it’s one of the few luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs that won’t drink like a fish when the battery runs out.

Just bear in mind that this ability comes at a price, with handling seriously affected by the added bulk and the ride not proving as cushioned as we’d like. It’s also worth pointing out that a 350de version of the more practical and cheaper regular GLE will also be available next year. If you’ve got your heart set on a hefty Mercedes plug-in SUV, it should make even more sense. If you’re not so brand biased, we’d certainly recommend trying a Volvo XC90 T8 for its seven-seat versatility or comfier, sweeter handling BMW X5 45e before pulling the trigger on a GLE 350de.

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What Car? says

Rated 3 out of 5

Mercedes GLE 350de Coupe specification

Price From £70,000 (est) Engine 4cyl, 1950cc, diesel, plus electric motor Power 316bhp (total system output) Torque 516lb ft (total system output) Gearbox 9-spd automatic 0-62mph 6.9sec Top speed 130mph Fuel economy 256.8mpg (NEDC) CO2, tax band 30g/km, 8% (NEDC)

Rivals Volvo XC90 T8, BMW X5 45e

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