2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe
- 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
Which GLE-Class Coupe does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
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.
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.
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Features & Specs
|AMG GLE 43 4dr SUV AWD|
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A
|MPG||17 city / 22 hwy|
|Transmission||9-speed shiftable automatic|
|Horsepower||385 hp @ 6100 rpm|
|AMG GLE 63 S 4dr SUV AWD|
5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A
|MPG||14 city / 18 hwy|
|Transmission||7-speed shiftable automatic|
|Horsepower||577 hp @ 5500 rpm|
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe a good car?
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
Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe reliable?
Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe a good car?
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
What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?
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).
What do people think of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe?
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