Excellent driving experience; good looks; great AMG engines
Not especially practical
The GLE 43 gets a little boost in power, from 362 horsepower to 385 (torque remains the same). This model is also eligible for a new Performance Studio package, which has nothing to do with performance but everything to do with cosmetics, while the GLE 63 offers a couple of new wood trims. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class models for sale near you
There are some people who always want the best version available, in which case they go for the GLE 63 S and feel forever frustrated that all that power can never be fully exercised on public roads without incurring the wrath of the highway patrol. The GLE 43 is a smarter move. It's quick enough for most tastes and leaves money on the table to opt for the extra safety equipment, and maybe a few more extras such as the superb Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe comes as two differently equipped versions according to the drivetrain.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 ($71,495) has an adaptive air suspension, 21-inch alloy wheels, a sport exhaust, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, drive-mode selection, LED lighting with adaptive headlights, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, heated/power-adjustable front sport seats with driver's-side memory settings, synthetic leather upholstery (much better than it sounds), a Nappa leather-wrapped/power-adjustable steering wheel, a power lift gate, roof rails, self-dimming rearview and driver's-side mirrors, an 8-in center screen with Mercedes-Benz's proprietary Comand infotainment system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, HD Radio, a USB port, crosswind assist and a driver-drowsiness monitor.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S ($112,855) adds 22-in alloy wheels, bigger brakes, active anti-roll bars, a carbon-fiber engine cover, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, plus aluminum shift paddles and pedals.
The Premium 3 options package has advanced safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, active brake assistance with a cross-traffic function, active blind spot monitoring and assistance, steering pilot, a 360-degree camera system and a self-parking feature (this last item is standard in the GLE 63 S)
Other options include tri-zone automatic climate control, soft-closing doors, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Bang & Olufsen Beosound 14-speaker audio system and massaging front seats.
Cargo space with the rear seats in place is 23 cu ft. When they're folded down, that expands to 60.7 cu ft. If anyone was wondering, the regular GLE SUV enjoys 38.2/80.3 cu ft. The Coupe also has a fairly high lip over which users must lift their luggage or shopping.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 Porsche Cayenne S -- Not a sloping roof in sight, but super-classy and with wonderful dynamics. Closer to the GLE 43 than the 63 S, with 420 hp and a price in the $78,000 region.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV -- Just in case someone loves the GLE but wants more space for rear passengers and cargo, the conventional SUV version is perfect.
Used Porsche Cayenne Turbo S -- Buy one of these new and it will cost more than $160,000, making the GLE 63 S look almost like a bargain with its seven extra horses. But select a certified pre-owned (CPO) example and you'll have an extreme SUV and still be able to take a vacation.