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Published Date: 30/11/2015

Ever heard the phrase 'modern cars all look the same'? Well Mercedes begs to differ!

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is designed for people who want a little bit of everything - the ride height of an SUV, the style of a coupe, the ride of a luxury car and the drive quality of a sports saloon.

As a four wheel-drive, luxury sport SUV, the GLE Coupe is a large five-seater, designed to waft passengers along in supreme comfort but also provide an involving drive for when the roads get twisty.

The engine range features something for everyone too. There's a 255hp, 3.0 diesel engine that will take just 7 seconds to do the 60mph sprint but posts a combined fuel economy figure of 39.2mpg. Quicker but less frugal is the 362bhp V6 petrol, though 31.7mpg isn't a terrible figure. Both engines are attached to the new 9 speed automatic for effortlessly smooth driving.

If you're really brave and deep of pocket, there's a 577bhp 5.5-litre V8 in the AMG-tweaked GLE63. This will reach 60mph in an alarming 4.2 seconds, with the penalty being a 23.7mpg combined fuel economy. That's still a 500 mile range, so it's excellent as a grand tourer too - if you can resist the temptation make the V8 generate its wonderful soundtrack.

On the exterior, there's LED lights, active park assist with reversing camera, tinted glass and AMG body styling. And inside the GLE offers a good level of standard trim. The interior is a high-quality place to be, with all materials within the cabin expensive to the touch and well fitted together.

The Premium Plus Package offers incredible amounts of technical equipment, including a 360 degree camera, which displays an overhead view of the vehicle on the main screen for easier parking, electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats and a particularly excellent Harmann Kardon seven-speaker stereo system.

Bluetooth handsfree comes as standard, as does Mercedes' COMAND system which incorporates 3D map navigation and live traffic information. Controlled via a rotary dial at the centre of the dash, it's intuitive and easy to use.

It's unusual to find a car that makes a good stake for the claim of being something for everyone, but the GLE Coupe is in that field - and so unreserved that it's hard not to love it!

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