2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe Review

  • Classy and well-built interior
  • Superb technology and driver assist features
  • Stable handling
  • Roofline compromises backseat headroom and cargo space
  • Ride quality can be overly bumpy at times
  • Fully redesigned for 2021
  • Sportier and sleeker version of the regular GLE
  • New Mercedes MBUX infotainment system
  • Kicks off the second GLE Coupe generation

Coupe-style SUVs are big business for luxury automakers. So when Mercedes-Benz introduced a redesigned version of the midsize GLE last year, we knew it was just a matter of time before we saw a new version of the GLE Coupe. And after a year hiatus, the Mercedes GLE Coupe is back for 2021.

Compared to the old GLE Coupe, the new second-generation model has more features, more refinement and greater capabilities. The MBUX infotainment system is standard on all models and has garnered high praise for its ease of use and cutting-edge tech. There are also plenty of available advanced safety features and driver assistants for added security.

So how does the new GLE Coupe compare against the rivals such as the Audi SQ8, BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne Coupe? And how big of a deal is its reduced practicality compared to the regular GLE? Check out the categories of our Expert Rating below to help you decide.

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The GLE Coupe isn't the quickest in the class, but it handles very well and is exceptionally easy to drive in every situation. It also boasts a modern and luxurious interior. Our main complaint centers on the stiff ride and compromised cargo capacity.
We tested the AMG GLE 53. It feels quick around town but ultimately acceleration is average for a sporty SUV. Our test vehicle covered 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Braking performance is solid, with consistent stops from 60 mph in just 113 feet. The AMG GLE 53 also has impressive handling limits, allowing you to drive this big SUV with confidence.

We wish the steering had more feel to it, but the AMG GLE 53 is easy to steer and demands little effort from the driver, even at higher speeds. Also making this SUV easy to drive is the ultra-smooth turbocharged inline-six engine with its hybrid assist. The stop-start system is unobtrusive, as are the shifts from the nine-speed automatic transmission.
The AMG GLE 53 Coupe's interior is serene and quiet. The heated front seats, plus our test vehicle's ventilated and massaging versions, provide excellent all-day comfort. The rear seats don't slide or recline but are pleasant for adults, even on long road trips. Our test vehicle had the optional Acoustic Comfort package, which features extra insulation and specially coated glass, and we found it suppressed ambient noise quite well. The four-zone climate control system is strong — you can set it and forget it. The optional heated armrests are a must-have for colder climates.

Alas, the ride quality isn't so great. It's overly stiff, especially at lower speeds and on less than perfect roads. Things smooth out at higher speeds, but the trade-off at lower speeds makes the AMG GLE 53 feel less elegant.
The front row of the GLE's cabin is near perfect. It exhibits excellent build quality and offers very good usability. The driving position provides a commanding view of the road with plenty of adjustability. It's quite roomy up front, but due to the low roof styling, second-row passengers will need to duck their heads to get in. Once there, there's ample legroom. The low roofline reduces rearward visibility, but the optional surround-view cameras do a good job filling in the gaps when parking.

We like the GLE's controls, from the touchscreen and hard buttons to the intuitive touchpad controller. Functions such as track/preset skipping, home and back are right on the pad, and it has useful haptic feedback. The steering wheel touchpads are also useful but are too easy to brush inadvertently.
Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system is a technologic tour de force. It's easy to use and capable of controlling most every function through voice commands. The Burmester audio system in our test vehicle fully enveloped the driver in rich music, but we wish the max volume could go a tad higher.

One exceptionally helpful feature is the nav system's (optional) augmented reality that overlays street names and arrows atop a live front-view video when making turns. For safety, a number of advanced safety and driving aids are standard. Semi-automated driving features are available through the Driver Assistance package. We found the features easy to use, and they help reduce fatigue in stop-and-go traffic.
The GLE Coupe's cabin is well designed. Cubbies and compartments abound for stashing drinks and items. The cargo area is compromised somewhat by the coupe-like styling compared to the regular GLE. Still, its 27.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats is decent for this class of vehicle. You'll be able to load multiple pieces of carry-on luggage upright with no problem.

Got kids? The rear seats have four easy-to-access car seat anchors, and there's plenty of room for even the bulkiest child safety seats. The GLE's max towing capacity, even in AMG trim, is pretty strong at 7,700 pounds when equipped with the Class III trailer hitch option.
The EPA estimates the AMG GLE 53 Coupe will get 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway), which is about average for a midsize luxury performance SUV. We got 20.1 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, indicating that the EPA's numbers are realistic.
The GLE Coupe can get pretty expensive, but in general you'll feel like you're getting your money's worth. Impeccable build quality is a must for this price range, and the Mercedes absolutely delivers. The leather, aluminum and impressive technology all help justify the expense.

The four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty is average, but the same coverage for the powertrain is less than what most competitors offer. Roadside assistance matches rivals in years but comes with a 50,000-mileage cap.
Despite the AMG badge, the GLE 53 is not as athletic as others in the class. But it is plenty competent going around curves and quick enough for most people in a straight line. All that capability does come at the expense of a more relaxed ride, but if you want the AMG, you're already willing to accept a few compromises for higher performance.

To that performance, the AMG GLE 53 adds loads of refinement both inside and out. You will be hard-pressed to find this amount of luxury and cutting-edge technology among the competition.

Which GLE-Class Coupe does Edmunds recommend?

Given its satisfying performance and long list of standard features, we'd choose the AMG GLE 53 Coupe over its more expensive sibling. Most optional features are stand-alone, so consider adding the Driver Assistance Package Plus for advanced driver aids or the AMG Dynamic Plus package to get Mercedes' impressive Active Ride Control suspension.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe models

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a five-passenger luxury SUV that comes in two available models: AMG GLE 53 Coupe and AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. Feature highlights include:

AMG GLE 53 Coupe
The standard GLE Coupe comes with the following features:

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (429 horsepower, 384 lb-ft of torque)
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Adaptive air suspension (can adjust ride height and suspension firmness)
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • 12.3-inch central touchscreen with MBUX infotainment system
  • Navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Wireless charging station
  • 13-speaker Burmester sound system

Every GLE also comes with:

  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time)
  • Driver attention monitor (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
  • Mercedes' Pre-Safe system (quickly adjusts seat belts, headrests and windows if an imminent collision is detected)

AMG GLE 63 S Coupe
This model adds on to the GLE 53 with:

  • Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine (603 hp, 627 lb-ft)
  • 22-inch wheels
  • Aluminum shift paddles
  • Track Pace data-logging program
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Electronic limited-slip rear differential
  • AMG performance exhaust system

Key optional packages for the GLE Coupe include:

Driver Assistance Package Plus
A collection of advanced driver aids such as:

  • Adaptive cruise control (keeps a safe following distance from the car ahead even in traffic and can bring the GLE Coupe to a complete stop)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Evasive steering assist (applies additional steering force if the driver begins an evasive maneuver to sufficiently avoid objects detected in the vehicle's path)
  • Collision mitigation with cross-traffic function (warns the driver of vehicles entering an intersection and can apply braking force to prevent or reduce a collision)

AMG Dynamic Plus package
Upgraded performance options, including:

  • AMG Active Ride Control with adaptive dampers to assist cornering
  • AMG high-performance brakes with red calipers
  • AMG performance faux-suede steering wheel
  • Steering wheel controls to adjust drive modes and suspension settings
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
6 total reviews
5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 33%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, MB
MB,
AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A)
This is my third MB (previously owned ML 350, GLE 450), and the best so far. I was initially debating between Cayenne S and this vehicle. After testing both models, in my opinion, this is much better choice overall. Very sporty look, an amazing interior and a very powerful engine. My kids love it.
5/5 stars, Great Crossover Semi Hybrid AMG GLE 53 Sport Coupe
Sam X -Redondo Beach, CA ,
AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A)
Excellent Vehicle with 3.0L straight 6 cylinder AMG Engine! Love the huge moon roof. Chrome Alloys and Red Seatbelts!
5/5 stars, Perfect sporty SUV
JerryO,
AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A)
Previously had a GLE 450 and GLC 63. The 450 was a good smooth ride and fine handling but a bit slow. The GLC 63 was a racer but had some issues with it....loose panels in back rattled and had to be re-set/taped and the ride was rather bumpy but of course it was fast. Took a test drive of the GLE53 and was quite impressed. Yeah it's a mid-size SUV but handled like a dream and had that smooth MB ride and plenty of power. The interior is spectacular. Got a red one with night package, 22" black wheels for an even smoother ride, red calipers and a red/black interior. It's not only a great rich ride but turns heads. Had a guy driving a BMW X5 ask me if he could take pics and gave me a thumbs up. Pricey like most MBs but worth the indulgence.
3/5 stars, Premium Price for catch-up features
eleazor,
AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A)
The overall value of the car is leaving a bit to be desired - the features added in the 2021 are nice, but the majority of the enhancements over previous models are not justified in the price. Packaged into a very nice vehicle are a long overdue control interfaces, "red seatbelts" as a premium option, an engine that does indeed scoot. Pricing pride will hopefully serve MB well, but as of right now - the premium price and the desire to create the 53 as a super niche car, will ensure that total sales volumes will be lower than expected once again. I harken back to the "R Class" - aka the "Pacifica done right" - and now we have the 53 coupe - which has been deemed "the X6 done right". I fear that the fate of yesteryear will rise again....

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$76,500
MPG & Fuel
18 City / 23 Hwy / 20 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 429 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 384 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 194.4 in. / Height: 70.2 in. / Width: N/A
Curb Weight: 5254 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite GLE-Class Coupe safety features:

Active Brake Assist
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
Keeps a safe following distance from the car ahead even in traffic and can bring the GLE Coupe to a complete stop.
Surround-View Camera
Gives you a top-down view of the GLE Coupe and its surroundings for tight parking situations.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. the competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

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2021 BMW X6

2021 BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. BMW X6

BMW pioneered the coupe-style SUV trend with its original X6, and it's now on its third generation that debuted for 2020. Overall, these two SUVs are pretty evenly matched. But one potential advantage for the BMW is its entry-level sDrive40i and xDrive40i trims. They have a lower entry price than Mercedes' starter AMG GLE 53.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. Audi Q8

Audi's Q8 is a comfortable fastback crossover with standard all-wheel drive. It's based on the larger Q7 and focused on making a stylish splash. The three available trims come with increasing levels of comfort and tech features. The regular Q8 isn't as exciting to drive as the Mercedes, but you can solve that by getting the higher-performance Audi SQ8.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. Porsche Cayenne Coupe

You should not be surprised to learn that the Porsche Cayenne Coupe is excellent to drive, with sharp handling and quick acceleration. Porsche offers lots of customization options too. But the GLE Coupe is a little roomier and has an easier-to-use infotainment system.

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FAQ

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 GLE-Class Coupe both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GLE-Class Coupe gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe:

  • Fully redesigned for 2021
  • Sportier and sleeker version of the regular GLE
  • New Mercedes MBUX infotainment system
  • Kicks off the second GLE Coupe generation
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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GLE-Class Coupe. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GLE-Class Coupe's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 GLE-Class Coupe and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 GLE-Class Coupe is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $76,500.

Other versions include:

  • AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A) which starts at $76,500
  • AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) which starts at $116,000
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe, the next question is, which GLE-Class Coupe model is right for you? GLE-Class Coupe variants include AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A), and AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A). For a full list of GLE-Class Coupe models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is offered in the following submodels: GLE-Class Coupe SUV. Available styles include AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A), and AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A).

What do people think of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 GLE-Class Coupe 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 GLE-Class Coupe.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $77,550. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A) is trending $2,098 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,098 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $75,452.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 53 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 9A) is 2.7% below the MSRP.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $129,135. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) is trending $2,809 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,809 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $126,326.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

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