The bold GLE Coupé certainly attracts plenty of attention, while its flawlessly finished cabin manages to combine cosseting luxury with a decent amount of space. It’s also an effortless and refined performer, while the new nine-speed gearbox is excellent. The 255bhp 3.0-litre unit fires unobtrusively into life and remains smooth and refined, even when worked hard. It delivers strong performance, too.
The AMG Line test car also benefits from standard air-suspension, which helps the GLE glide effortlessly along on the motorway. Select Dynamic mode and the suspension stiffens, the throttle response is sharpened and extra weight is added to the quicker Sports Direct steering system. Attack corners at moderate speed and the GLE is surprisingly agile. As a result, it’s best to take it easy and enjoy the strong refinement and classy cabin, which is surprisingly roomy despite the sloping roofline.