Since 2008, BMW has been the undisputed king of the luxury coupe-SUV segment with the X6, and even launched a second-generation model before Mercedes-Benz has finally replied with the GLE Coupe.
I have to admit that, while I was choosing photos for this visual comparison piece I sometimes mistook the GLE Coupe for the BMW X6, which says a lot in my opinion about how similar the two vehicles are from a styling point of view.
Obviously, a closer look reveals different details, but overall the shape of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is very similar to that of the segment’s leader. I must say I’m not a fan of either model, but when the two SUVs are put side by side, the GLE Coupe somehow manages to make the X6 look better – and that is no small feat.
The BMW X6 has a more athletic profile and looks sportier than the GLE Coupe, which appears to be more massive. As for the interior design, in my book the BMW X6 wins as well with a more coherent and elegant cabin.
All of the above are personal conclusions on a very subjective matter that is car design, so feel free to share your point of view in the commentary section.