First Mercedes GLE Coupe Review Calls It A BMW X6 Clone

Improving an existing proven formula is a safe way to achieve success, and that’s what Mercedes-Benz tried to do with the GLE Coupe. But did the Stuttgart-based automaker manage to improve the recipe invented by the BMW X6?

According to the folks from Auto Express, not really. While they praised the GLE Coupe 350d for quietness and refinement, they pointed out that even in Sport mode the vehicle’s significant weight can’t be ignored, constantly reminding the driver that it’s anything but a sports car.

So are there reasons to buy a GLE Coupe over an X6? Other than the personal preference for a brand or the other, not really. The two rivals are very similar, especially from a design point of view. Actually that may be the GLE Coupe’s main problem, as the review calls it a BMW X6 clone.



  • Kash

    “We tested an entry level, V6 diesel SUV, and we’re somehow surprised it’s not sporty.”

    I disagree about the X6 and GLE looking so similar. The rooflines are similar but where the GLE has more of a half circle shape the X6 curves up, then just past the driver’s head it slopes down. The rears share no design similarities outside of the lift back and the number of tail pipes. the faces have even less in common. The sides and doors of the GLE have less pronounced sculpted lines and design than the X6. Now Maybe compared to the last gen X6, you’d have a little more in common, but even then it’s a long shot.

    • fabri99

      I agree with you.
      They are the same kind of car, but the GLE is much less 3-volumed and coupè-ized: in fact the rear looks much fatter than the X6’s, but there also much more space in the rear than in a X6.

      • Kash

        Exactly. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were reviews about the BMW 6 series grancoupe that called it a copy of a the CLS. Mainly because it seems like reviewers confuse vehicles in these new segments (coupe SUV’s and 4 door coupes) as copies simply because another brand is putting a model into a segment that another brand “created”

  • rover10

    Yet another lump of highway supremacy. ‘Get in my way if you dare!’

  • javier

    “constantly reminding the driver that it’s anything but a sports car.” Duh …it’s a truck and most people who by these don’t want a sports car feel so doubt they would be surprised. It’s the press that wants to compare everything to a sports car.

  • britansgermanysAfrica

    listen…..and listen to me closely… why cant chIna COPY THE RANGE ROVER EVOQUE but mercedes can do this? they can really copy the x6 this much ? shouldnt BMW BE SUING MERCEDES-BENZ ……IS IT BECAUSE THEYRE CHINESE!!!!

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