About a year ago, we reviewed the fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE and found it to be supremely capable in just about everything. The GLE Coupe however is a little less practical than its more conventionally-shaped sibling, so does that make it the inferior choice?
The answer is no. In fact, it really depends on how you view practicality in general, because the GLE Coupe actually has quite a few nice tricks up its sleeve.
Before we get into all that, let’s review the competition really quick, as the large premium SUV coupe segment has really grown in recent years. Apart from the Merc, it includes the BMW X6, Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Lamborghini Urus (technically), and to some extent, the Range Rover Velar, although the latter is a bit smaller in size.
It’s not easy to find a lot of separation between these nameplates, but there is a case to be made for the GLE Coupe, both against its rivals as well as the regular GLE.
Looks better in person than in photos
Large, imposing vehicles will often imprint their design and dimension onto you much more successfully once you see them in person. The same is true for the GLE Coupe. It’s quite elegant, especially with a toned-down exterior color like the Selenite Grey you see here.