2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Test Drive

The 2022 Mercedes GLE 450 comes in two styles, the traditional SUV look and the newer coupe version. Our tester this week is the Coupe version. Mercedes-Benz didn’t invent the crossover coupe, but like many others, it’s seeing a market taking shape for a more elegant approach to high-ride crossover/SUV buyers.

Since this model exists as a design attempt, it should be noted that it may not appeal to everyone. The sloping tail and rounded rear end are an acquired taste. Fortunately, Mercedes has you all covered by offering the traditional SUV and Coupe versions of the GLE.

Upon entering the cabin, everyone is reminded that the three-star emblem represents the pinnacle of luxury for almost all car buyers. Visually, the combination of natural wood veneer, supple leather and ultra-smooth synthetic surfaces alluringly enhances the Mercedes brand’s position at the top of the luxury market. The vault-like feel and the sound of closing doors add to the feel.

The instrument panel beautifully integrates a pair of 12.3-inch LCD screens, one of which is mounted behind the steering wheel as a driver’s instrument cluster, while the other is located in the middle above the dashboard. The infotainment and control systems can be accessed via the LCD touch screen on the dashboard. Moving from one vehicle to another weekly gives a good idea of ​​whether or not the system is intuitive. GLE 450 as a combination. This unit showcased Mercedes’ new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system, which was great because it included voice-activated commands that drivers could access by saying “hello, Mercedes” similar to how one would turn to Google or Siri. Commands can include climate controls, infotainment or navigation requests. In terms of physical interaction, the Mercedes system required a little manual reference for owners to find the menu I needed to dig into to change the audio system speed volume. The screens themselves are large, bright and beautiful. The ease of direct access to the satellite radio stations was a great bonus.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 insideSeating was as expected, great. The balance between comfort and stability made driving the GLE 450 a pleasure. With exceptional support, my notoriously uncomfortable back has never complained during my time behind the wheel. The comfort of the back seat is also an excellent experience with less headroom. A pocket sculpted in the headliner helps reduce deficits caused by a sloping roofline.

The GLE Coupe 450 features a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine, producing 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission provides that power on the pavement with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Mercedes has also installed a 48-volt mild-hybrid system (EQS) that should either help reduce fuel consumption or add an extra boost under acceleration. The manufacturer claims a 0-100 km/h time of 5.7 seconds, and real-world acceleration feels as fast as that time suggests.

Mercedes caters to a sporty coupe buyer, and as such, the 4Matic system on this model is calibrated with rear wheel siding rather than the 50/50 torque split on the SUV version. Since I wasn’t able to test the big coupe on the track, I can’t comment on the handling performance of the GLE 450. Around town, the ride was mostly comfortable, with slightly more off-road surfaces noted than I expected. I imagine focusing on sporty form means stronger suspension tuning. On the highway, the Mercedes GLE 450 was a pure blessing. Road and engine noise are distant concerns and the time behind the wheel was really fun. I suppose anyone looking for a more aggressive ride, engine sound, or exhaust sound would be more at home in the AMG version of the GLE 53 with the tuned 429HP version of this engine. 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic

Cargo capacity doesn’t rank high on buyers in the Coupe crossover/SUV market, but it’s worth noting that with 651 liters of cargo storage, the sloping roofline appears to remove 140 liters of storage and utility box. Folding the rear seats down adds to the available space when needed.

A 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Coupe tester weighed in at $96,700 before shipping and taxes. Options that added $10,100 to the $86,600 base price included a $3,400 premium package, a $3,000 Smart Engine package, a $2,400 tech package, soft-closing doors, and aluminum operating panels.

Luxury comes at a price but I guess that’s the point, luxury bargaining is really an oxymoron. The Mercedes GLE 450 Coupe is about as impressive as it can be bought in the luxury SUV/crossover coupe market. It checks all the boxes that buyers are looking for in terms of condition, performance, and amenities. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “If you have the means, I highly recommend choosing one“.

For exact package and options details, please visit the Mercedes Canada website for details.

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