Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

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We drive Mercedes’ answer to the BMW X6 on UK roads for the 1st time As if in which weren’t big, brash as well as lairy-looking enough for you to have figured in which out, This particular is actually the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the Stuttgart firm’s answer to the big sports SUV coupe conundrum as well as a direct rival to the BMW X6 as well as Range Rover Sport.The GLE Coupe comes that has a choice of two engines either the venerable 255bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel or 362bhp V6 petrol – complete that has a brand new nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. There are also two trim levels to choose through with the entry-level AMG Line coming equipped with heated, auto dimming as well as folding mirrors, parking sensors, reversing camera, heated front seats, climate control as well as a DAB tuner. While the flagship Designo Line spec includes a panoramic sunroof, 360 degree camera, heated, cooling as well as massaging front seats, heated rear seats as well as a Harman Kardon surround sound system.The handling is actually pretty decent. You get switchable driving modes as standard in which affect steering, air suspension as well as throttle response, yet in which’s satisfying enough in Comfort, when the steering is actually still fairly precise as well as heavy, that has a strong urge to self-centre as you wind off lock out of fast corners.Sport mode brings even weightier response as well as holds a consistent heft through corners, yet in which’s not actually any more entertaining or involving as well as ultimately still feels quite anodyne.Even so, Centeng control isn’t sloppy as well as there’s plenty of grip through the permanent four-wheel drive system, so the GLE certainly delivers thrills through sheer pace as well as lateral traction, even if in which is actually more inclined to understeer than you might expect, as well as there’s none of the fingertip-sensitive response in which the Range Rover Sport does so well as the ride comfort? Well, standard 21in alloy wheels even on the entry-level 350d AMG Line design probably don’t help, so even with the air suspension softening the initial bump absorption, you still get a subtle shimmy as well as bounce over most urban roads. in which settles to an easily ignored lope on the motorway, yet while This particular is actually one of those cars in which isn’t ever uncomfortable, in which is actually never properly soothing, either.The powertrain is actually great in normal use. A lazy throttle response on step-off could irk if you’re after a fast jump off the traffic lights, yet there’s no hesitation, so if you’re not in a rush in which just feels enjoyably smooth. All of which is actually in keeping with the character of the nine-speed auto, which does shift quickly as well as in a timely fashion when you want in which to yet is actually at its best when in which’s left to slur through the ratios to keep the engine in its hearty mid-range, since in which does occasionally pick an ill-advised ratio in harder driving.Refinement is actually Great, although the big wheels inevitably kick up quite a roar at higher speeds, to accompany noticeable wind flutter, yet engine noise is actually very subdued as well as no one could accuse the GLE 350d of being remotely unrefined.While the dash is actually a little busy, in which feels lavishly finished, with top-notch materials within the right places as well as an appropriately indulgent sense of occasion. Having said in which, the driver’s seat (which has standard electric adjustment) doesn’t drop as low as we’d like, the latest-generation Comand multimedia system can seem remarkably over-complicated at times as well as rearward visibility is actually abysmal.Rear passenger space isn’t so bad; children as well as average-height adults will be fine, although taller adults might feel uncomfortably close to the ceiling. The boot is actually big as well as will serve the purposes for family motoring, yet in which does have an inconveniently high load lip.The GLE Coupe is actually a perfectly accomplished SUV. The control weights are Great, the powertrain is actually actually quite excellent, the standard equipment is actually hard to fault as well as the handling feels meaty as well as precise. Yet, when you consider the competition, the GLE seems short of any star quality. The Porsche Cayenne as well as Range Rover Sport cost more (albeit not much in This particular cash-casual sphere), yet both are also blindingly Great – more practical, more fluid as well as adjustable in their handling as well as, within the Porsche’s case, dramatically faster. Perhaps more pointedly for those who won’t settle for anything less than an overtly coupe-like Centeng shape to their SUV, the BMW X6 features a substantial edge on performance as well as efficiency, has even more incisive handling as well as costs roughly the same after you’ve added some extras in which the GLE gets thrown in.If ‘perfectly accomplished’ isn’t actually worth your £60k in a class of similar-priced cars in which will deliver in which, plus a healthy dose of shock as well as awe as well as a load more practicality on top.  Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d Coupe 4Matic AMG LinePrice £60,680; Engine V6, 2987cc, diesel; Power 255bhp at 3400rpm; Torque 457lb ft at 1600rpm; Gearbox 9-spd automatic; Kerb weight 2250kg; Top speed 140mph; 0 62mph 7.0sec; Economy 39.2mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 187g/km, 35%
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