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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

What’s new

  • The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is unchanged for 2019
  • Part of the first GLE generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Premium-feeling and well-trimmed interior
  • Many standard safety and technology features
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride quality, given its performance abilities
  • Even the pavement-pounding AMG GLE 63 S is easy to drive around town
  • Roofline compromises backseat headroom
  • Cargo space is similar to that of a compact SUV
  • Only two trim levels available
  • Heavy, with minimal off-road capability
Other years
2019
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe for Sale
MSRP Range
$71,350 - $113,000
MSRP Starting at
$71,350
MSRP Range
$71,350 - $113,000
MSRP Range
$71,350 - $113,000

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Which GLE-Class Coupe does Edmunds recommend?

The anything-but-basic AMG GLE 43 will likely satisfy the vast majority of drivers. We suggest adding the optional Premium packages and their numerous driver assistants and luxury upgrades. If long trips are common for you, we'd also add the massaging and ventilated seats. As much as the $40,000-plus premium for the AMG GLE 63 S scares us, it delivers more of the traditional AMG experience and soundtrack. If money is no object, we say go for it.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Most shoppers have practicality and convenience in mind when looking into SUVs, but the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has a different interpretation. That's evident in its name alone. The sloping coupe-like roofline gives it a completely different character from the standard and more boxy GLE, visually suggesting that it's a sportier version. These GLE Coupe variants are indeed higher performers and only offered as AMG models.

You can choose between the 385-horsepower AMG GLE 43 or the bonkers 577-hp AMG GLE 63 S, but the $40,000 difference between the two may have a greater influence on the decision. Both will deliver stirring straight-line performance, but there is a price to pay for the stylish fastback silhouette. Compared to the standard GLE, the coupes lose a significant amount of cargo capacity as well as rear-passenger headroom. As a result, they're more "SuV" than SUV.

We're more inclined to go with the non-Coupe GLE since both AMG versions are available in that body style. Like the few other coupe-like performance SUVs available today, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe seems to fill an awkward middle ground that nobody asked for.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe models

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in two trim levels: AMG GLE 43 and AMG GLE 63 S. Both can tow up to 7,200 pounds and are equipped with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive. Despite the variants' similar names, a vast gulf in price and performance separates the two. The AMG GLE 43 is well-equipped as standard, and on the whole it could be described as a reasonable alternative to everyday luxury people-movers. There's very little that's reasonable about the AMG GLE 63 S, however, and its fans embrace its ludicrousness as a badge of honor.

Powering the AMG GLE 43 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (385 horsepower, 384 pound-feet of torque) and a nine-speed automatic. Standard equipment highlights include 21-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, power-folding and heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, premium vinyl upholstery, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet.

Standard tech and safety features include an 8-inch central display, the COMAND infotainment interface, a navigation system, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention, and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.

Two primary option packages are available for the AMG GLE 43. The reasonably priced Premium 2 package includes heated and cooled front cupholders, interior ambient lighting, and a center pass-through for the rear seat. The Premium 3 package further adds a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a lane-centering steering system, a collision avoidance system, lane departure mitigation, and an automated parallel parking system.

It's a big step up pricewise to the AMG GLE 63 S. Under the hood is a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (577 hp, 561 lb-ft of torque) mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It adds 22-inch wheels, summer performance tires, active stabilizer bars, bigger brakes, a carbon-fiber engine cover, noise-reducing front-row windows, a sport steering wheel, heated and ventilated front sport seats, memory settings for the front passenger seat, upgraded leather upholstery, and the contents of the Premium 2 package. It also includes the Premium 3 package's 360-degree parking camera and parking system.

There are a few appearance packages as well. Both models can be equipped with the Night package, which adds gloss-black lower valances and grille trim. The GLE 43-only AMG Performance Studio package includes the Night package plus an orange lip on the front bumper, an orange stripe on the wheels, and faux-suede seat inserts.

Notable stand-alone options include tri-zone climate control, a premium 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, massaging multicontour front seats, heated rear seats, a rear entertainment system, and a trailer hitch. Optional for the GLE 63 S is a performance exhaust system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe AMG GLE 63 S (5.5L twin-turbo V8 | 7-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current GLE Coupe has received only minor revisions. Our findings remain applicable to the 2019 GLE Coupe.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

The GLE Coupe is tremendously powerful and agile for its size, but you never forget just how heavy it is. It's civilized when you're just cruising around. This puzzling vehicle is effective in the same way a gold-plated hammer is.

Acceleration

There's giddying thrust from the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, which is big-hearted and punchy. The seven-speed automatic is a bit dull-witted and doesn't lead the class in its response to gear-change requests. It's smooth, though. It blitzed to 60 mph in just 4 seconds in our testing.

Braking

Despite its mass, it stops from 60 mph in a respectable 112 feet. Pedal feel around town is intuitive and easy to modulate.

Steering

The steering is reasonably precise and well-weighted, but feel is on the numb side. There are no bad manners, though. The quick steering ratio helps make this bruiser a bit easier to wield.

Handling

For its size, this Mercedes is more adept than you might expect. It's heavy and stable. Body roll is reasonably contained, and it changes direction without drama. But other sporting SUVs have better handling.

Drivability

It's quite pleasant in typical driving, behaving in a civilized manner with smooth gear changes. The idle-stop feature responds acceptably quickly when restarting. You could let your grandparents drive this vehicle.

Comfort

It has well-shaped seats and better noise isolation than you might expect. The GLE Coupe rides better than its primary competitor, the BMW X6 M. The engine sounds terrific.

Seat comfort

The front seats are supportive and can deliver good comfort during long drives. The optional massage function is entertaining. The back seat is reasonably comfortable.

Ride comfort

Its ride compliance is better than the BMW X6 M's. The standard air suspension rounds off the sharp edges of the road and does a fine job of controlling the car's large 22-inch wheels.

Noise & vibration

Noise isolation is very effective. The engine is vocal even during light acceleration, but it's unobtrusive and satisfying to hear. Wind noise is well-suppressed, and road noise isn't as bad as the huge steamroller tires would suggest.

Interior

While finely trimmed, the GLE 63's cabin suffers due to the low, sloping roofline, which eats up interior space. There's surprisingly little space inside given the gargantuan outside dimensions. It exhibits all of the downsides of a large vehicle with none of the upsides.

Ease of use

As in all modern Benzes, this well-laid-out cabin is intuitive to use. We like the big climate control knobs and the thick steering wheel. The row of shiny buttons looks nice but lacks readability.

Getting in/getting out

There's a fairly tall step up into the cabin. Getting in is impeded by the running board; it's too narrow to be useful but still gets in your way. The rear door opening is small because of the low roofline.

Roominess

The sloping roof is for style only; it eats up backseat headroom and cargo space. The sense of spaciousness up front is better than in the rear. Front passengers enjoy reasonable leg- and headroom. Rear legroom is good, but headroom is less so.

Visibility

Its wide pillars and short windows impede outward visibility significantly. The backup camera helps, as do the parking sensors. The view out the front is pretty good.

Quality

Its interior is finished to a high standard with beautiful surroundings awash in diamond-pattern leather and rich-looking materials. There were no rattles or squeaks in our test car.

Utility

Cargo space is limited, although the cabin has plenty of nooks for smaller items. If utility is a priority, look to the standard GLE SUV, not the GLE Coupe.

Small-item storage

Interior storage is just barely adequate, limited to the inside of the center console, an odd recess underneath the center stack, and door pockets. You expect a little more in a luxury SUV.

Cargo space

It has much less cargo-holding capacity than its non-coupe stablemate. The liftover height is rather high. The cargo hold is not very tall, but it is deep.

Technology

We're happy to see Apple CarPlay in the GLE Coupe, but the lack of a touchscreen makes it all but unusable. The control and adjustability are beyond what the COMAND interface can handle. The touchpad and dial are two separate systems, and actions and motions don't carry over.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth pairing is quick, and the head unit can access both USB ports in the center console. The lower of the two USB ports is dedicated to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, but accessing that mode is tremendously difficult.

Driver aids

The adaptive cruise control works great, and the function is easy to access via the cruise control stalk. Blind-spot detection is just about perfect, and lane departure feedback is gentle. Lane centering is fine for extremely intermittent use.

Voice control

The voice recognition system doesn't recognize plain text inputs via the touchpad. There's a specific way to input commands, which can get tricky since the system is a bit laggy. So you may find yourself repeating and mistiming commands.

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe.

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    Features & Specs

    AMG GLE 43 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    AMG GLE 43 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$71,350
    MPG 17 city / 22 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower385 hp @ 6100 rpm
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    AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD
    5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A
    MSRP$113,000
    MPG 14 city / 18 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower577 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite GLE-Class Coupe safety features:

    Surround View System
    Displays a top-down, 360-degree view of the GLE Coupe in the central display screen, making it much easier to park.
    Active Brake Assist
    Scans the area ahead and warns you about potential front collisions. Can automatically apply the brakes as well.
    Pre-Safe
    Detects imminent collisions or rollovers and tightens the front seat belts, adjusts the front passenger seat, and closes all windows.

    Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. the competition

    Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. BMW X6

    The BMW X6 laid the foundation for the sporty, coupe-like subset of SUVs back in 2008. The current second-generation X6 has evolved in the years since, delivering strong performance combined with a high level of comfort. Like the last-generation X6 and the GLE Coupe, the sloping roofline cuts into rear passenger and cargo space. The X6 is a little more expensive than the GLE 43, but it has quite a bit more power in return.

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    Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. Audi Q8

    The Audi Q8 is the latest challenger to the GLE Coupe, representing a sportier alternative to the more sensible and conventional Q7. The Q8 doesn't have as much power as the GLE 43 but should return a similar performance. Unlike the GLE Coupe and other fastback SUVs, the Q8 doesn't make as many sacrifices to rear-seat space and cargo capacity. On the downside, Audi's new infotainment system can be somewhat distracting.

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    Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe vs. Porsche Cayenne

    The venerable Porsche Cayenne has been fully redesigned for 2019, maintaining its performance and quality. As with almost any Porsche, it costs a bit more than competitors (especially if you dive into the options list) but gives you a good wallop of performance in return. The Cayenne's roofline isn't nearly as dramatic as the coupe-like SUV's, gaining an advantage for rear passenger and cargo space.

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    FAQ
    Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 GLE-Class Coupe both on the road and at the track. 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 15 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GLE-Class Coupe has 23.0 cubic feet of trunk space. 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 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe:

    • The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is unchanged for 2019
    • Part of the first GLE generation introduced for 2016
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    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
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    How much should I pay for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?

    The least-expensive 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe AMG GLE 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $71,350.

    Other versions include:

    • AMG GLE 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $71,350
    • AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A) which starts at $113,000
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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 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A). For a full list of GLE-Class Coupe models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

    2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe Overview

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe is offered in the following submodels: GLE-Class Coupe SUV. Available styles include AMG GLE 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A).

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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