Do not be surprised, it is a Merc after all
12 June 2015
By: Katlego Mokhethwa
Growing up as a young boy nothing would intrigue me or catch my attention and interest as a car would. Most boys of my age at the time would brag and show off the latest action figure toys, but I would reservedly appreciate my model cars. Those model cars were like diamonds to women, also allowing me to dream of what might be real to me in the future.
My love for cars was and is still unconditional, but my loyalty lied with BMW especially. I loved the brand so much I could never find any fault with it always putting it ahead of Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Fast forward my life to near adulthood, I realized this loyalty I had for BMW was clouding my judgment to other brands that was doing exceptionally well. To cut a long story short, let’s just say I had to finally admit Mercedes-Benz was still king when it came to the BIG 3 from Germany, the other two being Audi and my beloved BMW brand.
I am a victim of falling in love with Mercedes-Benz’s GLE Coupe. I know most people are familiar with the GL, GLA and G-class. Seeing a G-class on our roads is already a rare occasion but this one is almost like seeing a shooting star which almost never happens. To describe the GLE Coupe, I could start by saying it is the big brother to the GLA, very big brother in fact. The GLE Coupe combines the elements and looks of a SUV and Coupe without compromising good looks on it. I’m sure this idea on paper might seem like trying to mix water and oil but trust me it is not the case. Looking at the GLE Coupe, you can instantly see it is to rival the BMW X6. I would definitely not want to be asked to choose between the two.
In the interior, one can expect the luxurious work for which Mercedes-Benz is known for. The multifunction leather steering wheel, sports seats and sporty trim elements in the door panels reveal the vehicle’s sporty character. On the topic of sporty elements, the mode of the GLE can be changed to the desired mode using the DYNAMIC SELECT controller, a simple nob that can be turned to modes including sport, sport+, comfort and an off road mode. If I have to list all the interior features I would take forever to finish this article but here are a few to underline the exclusiveness of Mercedes-Benz. These features include heated seats for the driver and front passenger which also have a massage function, hmm less trips to the spar. A 20, 3 centimetre display on which the infotainment system can be controlled is also at hand and a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system.
The model reviewed was the entry level, GLE 350d coupe 4MATIC Off-Roadster. It boasts an impressive 190kw of power from its V6 engine. Mercedes-Benz claims a fuel consumption of 6.9 to 7.2 litres per 100km.
Now for the important part…you will have to dig R999 990 deeper into the account to own this work of art. Do not be surprised, it is a Merc after all.