Auto review by Veeno  Dewan. 

The mid-size 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a fine example of how a premium SUV should be, delivering the latest technology,  a spacious interior, and decent enough  off-road capability (if  you are mad enough to take this expensive SUV Off road!)  Most models come with two rows of seats, both of which are comfortable and luxurious. An optional third row is available, but it’s good for kids not adults.

The GLE-450 Coupe (A four – door SUV) receives minor  changes this year with massive twin 12.3-inch screens for  the dash, automatic high-beam headlamps, and new two-tone upholstery schemes. Also new is an 80mm stretch to the  wheelbase, allowing room for seven seats – a first-time feature in the GLE. The exterior  design remains contemporary, a sleek fats back styled Coupe that is very attractive.

The entry-level GLE is  the  turbocharged four-cylinder GLE350 model powered by a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Stepping up to the GLE450 brings a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six and a proprietary Mercedes 48-volt electrical system known as  EQ Boost. The as  tested GLE 450s 3.0-litre engine offers  362bhp and 369lb of torque. All GLE’s offer  a  9 -speed automatic transmission and  4MATIC All wheel drive system in Canada as standard.  Looking for killer performance? Step right this way to the mighty GLE63S V8 with a mental 604bhp courtesy of twin turbos. Very fast and very expensive!

The GLE trim line offers high equipment levels   with a host of as features as standard. The options package include such things as: The premium package (Burmester audio system, 360-degree camera, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet) and the Warmth and Comfort package (heated front armrests and upper door panels). There are optional heated seats in the second row and four-zone automatic climate control, both of which are standalone options. Driver assistance systems are also available and there is the excellent MBUX ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant. I like the optional Sport Package at $1,500 which offers AMG 20-inch AMG 5-twin spoke aero wheels and styling kit. Also, on offer is the Night package, Third-row Seating Package, Technology Package, Comfort Package, and  the Intelligent Drive Package.

As expected in any Mercedes-Benz the opulent cabins offers exemplary levels of materials, fit and finish with genuine leather upholstery and chrome and  brushed metal trim.  Detailing is exceptional  with nicely weighted controls, premium switch gear, heated seats, armrests, and center-console cover. Just the thing on a cold winters  morning!

The dash is a thing of beauty with dual 12.3-inch infotainment displays stretching across most of the dashboard and offering several ways to interact with the system, including the MBUX voice-recognition system that  responds to voice commands. You can turn up the heat, switch on the ventilated-seat function, or tune to a specific radio station,  just by saying “Hey Mercedes.” And then speaking the command. Now I have tried this out on numerous Mercedes -Benz test cars over the last 18 months and have to say the MBUX is  the best voice command -hands free system out their period.  There are many combinations of dashboard instrument layout and you can use the touch screens controls or steering wheel mounted buttons for some functions. Downsides are few – navigating the central screen is a trickier process than it used to be, because  the previous  click wheel control has been replaced by a fiddlier touchpad. The rear cabin is well sized – with decent leg room. The rear seats all fold and adjust electrically in the seven-seater version; speaking of which  the optional third row seats are more suited to kids than adults.

On the road, the impressive GLE450’s straight six engines output is  supplemented by a 48-volt electric power boost branded by Mercedes as EQ Boost. It makes stop-starting the engine seamless and adds an extra  20bhp to make up for  turbo lag.  The 2022 GLE 450 is a pleasure to drive thanks its smooth refined road manners, tight turning circle, and responsive steering.

Once up to speed, the GLE cruises effortlessly on the highway and the slick nine-speed automatic transmission is smooth in operation.  The GLE 450 feels composed and stable on all road conditions. If you are brave enough to take  the GLE Off road, some models offer adjustable air suspension that can provide additional ground clearance. Acceleration is rated at 5.7 seconds for the 0-100km dash. Fuel economy is rated at: 11.4 L/100 km City and 9.3 L/100 km Highway.

To sum up, the GLE 450  delivers fully on Mercedes-Benz quality and engineering. The MBUX infotainment feature is excellent, and there is a good level of standard equipment.  You can’t really go wrong in buying any Mercedes-Benz and the GLE 450 is no exception.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Coupe MRSP From  $86,000 plus options and  taxes

More info at www.mercedes Benz.ca