Based on the standard GLE-Class SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe midsize luxury crossover SUV combines four doors with a lowered and swept-back roofline designed to give it the sleeker look of a two-door. The Coupe's styling does make the GLE look sportier, but there are some sacrifices to be made.
Perhaps the biggest weakness of this design is the reduced rear-seat headroom caused by that sloping rear roofline. That same design decision also limits rear cargo capacity, which is perhaps the single biggest reason buyers consider purchasing a crossover SUV in the first place. On the upside, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is offered in two performance-oriented models designed to deliver a level of driving excitement most traditional crossover SUVs just can't manage.
Current Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe
The five-passenger Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is offered in just two trim levels. The entry-level model, the AMG GLE 43, is the more mild-mannered of the two variants, starting with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out a robust 362 horsepower and 364 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system are standard.
The list of standard features includes 21-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, power front seats with heating, an 8-inch central display, the COMAND infotainment interface, a navigation system, and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The main options package is the Parking Assist package that adds front and rear parking sensors, an automated parallel parking system and a 360-degree surround-view parking camera.
The AMG GLE 63 S is the top-of-the-line model, and it is literally over the top by any measure you care to name. To justify its steep price tag, the GLE 63 S adds a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that puts out a stunning 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Other hardware changes include 22-inch wheels, beefier brakes and a sport-tuned suspension. Inside, you'll find distinctive leather upholstery and upgraded front seats. Options with this trim level include massaging front seats and a 14-speaker premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
On the road, our tests of the GLE-Class Coupe revealed a model that is hamstrung by a few factors. The sloped roofline compromises the utility of the donor GLE-Class SUV upon which it is based, and it is so heavy that you'll need the range-topping AMG GLE 63 S trim to get the outlandish performance promised by the sportier exterior styling.
Nevertheless, its cabin is impressive, and if you want a sporty-looking SUV, the Coupe definitely looks the part.
Used Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe Models
The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe debuted for 2016 and hasn't received any significant changes since.
Read the most recent 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe page.