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Old 08-04-2017, 09:05 AM
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Question X6M to GLE63 Coupe?

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Interested to see if anyone switched teams and went from the X6M to the GLE 63 Coupe. I'm on my 4th X6, but the GLE keeps catching my eye.


I know I need to go test drive but it I'm interested in any first hand experience on how they compare in handling, ride, power, comfort...


Appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
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Which generation of X6M do you have?
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Which generation of X6M do you have?
Currently F86 - '16 X6M. But I miss my '13 E71 X6M every day. The previous generation was a beast. It looked menacing and was just raw power. It was glued to the road - stiff, tight and planted. And the seats...oh how I miss those seats. The '16 just isn't the same. It's still a great vehicle but I don't think it compares to the previous generation.
I will say the 8 speed transmission is an improvement.


I have about a year left on my current lease and the GLE63 Coupe is really catching my eye, but looks aren't everything. I like to feel the road. I like stiff suspension, tight steering and of course the power. I have heard that the GLE Coupe is softer and cushier than the BMW, but of course that's from BMW Forums. I'm curious what GLE drivers have to say about the driving experience, reliability and what do you do for winter wheels?


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We have a shy group here. 150 views and no comments? I won't bite, I'm just a girl...


I thought even if no one had experience with the X6M, I'd get all kinds of "I love my GLE63" comments and a bias towards MB.


I'll just sit here and watch for a while
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Looking at a few '17 GLE63's now myself.

There just isn't a whole lot of activity on this specific forum.
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The GLE is a rename of the ML series, I think the chassis and motor are very similar to my 2012 ML63...

Frankly it's a blast to drive. I currently have a loaner 2017 GLE350 and the dash and console are a little different... but the body is the same...

Ya need to go drive one, I have not driven any BMW's since Bangle got a hold of them so it's been awhile....

Oh wait we drove a M3 conv 2 yrs ago, my wife was frustrated with the controls..... we ended up with a 16 E550 Cab which we love.
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YAY! We have signs of life. Thanks for the responses.


Mrmottoguzzi00 - I haven't driven anything but a BMW for the past 17 years. I truly enjoyed every single one but my first X6 blew me away. It was the 8 cylinder. I couldn't believe the difference in handling coming from the X5. It defied the laws of physics. I then went to the M and what more can I say. I do enjoy my current M but it's not as...I don't know, exciting? It's more refined I guess. I'm looking for something that will make me grin so much my cheeks hurt.


To some people, driving is just a way to get from point A to point B, so their vehicle is just that, something to get them from point A to point B. Me - I love to drive so I want be excited about my vehicle.

Mike450- I'll be watching for your comments if you pick one up. Good luck.

I need to see if I can do an extended test drive. No rush as I still have time. I'll keep you all posted but keep the comments coming.


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Im just like you i actually like to drive to... anywhere, anytime, anything.... its all entertaining for me
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Originally Posted by cmyx6mgo View Post
YAY! We have signs of life. Thanks for the responses.


Mrmottoguzzi00 - I haven't driven anything but a BMW for the past 17 years. I truly enjoyed every single one but my first X6 blew me away. It was the 8 cylinder. I couldn't believe the difference in handling coming from the X5. It defied the laws of physics. I then went to the M and what more can I say. I do enjoy my current M but it's not as...I don't know, exciting? It's more refined I guess. I'm looking for something that will make me grin so much my cheeks hurt.


To some people, driving is just a way to get from point A to point B, so their vehicle is just that, something to get them from point A to point B. Me - I love to drive so I want be excited about my vehicle.

Mike450- I'll be watching for your comments if you pick one up. Good luck.

I need to see if I can do an extended test drive. No rush as I still have time. I'll keep you all posted but keep the comments coming.


Have a good day.
I don't think the GLE63S will excite you.

I've driven the current X6M, GLE63S and Cayenne Turbo S.

The Porsche is the best one from a driving standpoint. If you get the Turbo S version, the handling and grip is just sensational.

The X6M is also very good. Feels more agile than the GLE63S.

In terms of fun, for me the most fun cars are the ones you can just throw into a corner and know it will stick. Cars which can handle sports-car like driving. Given this I think the best SUV you can order right now is the GLC63S. The problem with the SUVs mentioned previously is that they are too big. That's why you prefer your original X6M.

The GLC63S is the ideal size. That size of SUV is light enough that it can deliver quality handling, and the new AMG 4.0V8 is a superb power plant paired with a really good transmission and new fully torque vectoring 4MATIC system.

If I was you I would order one of those. The GLE63S will be more of the same, and a little worse in terms of performance.
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Stealth pilot - Thank you. That's what I was looking for. I need to google and see what rhe GLC is. If it's that small funky looking thing, it's not for me. I do agree with your statement about being able to throw it into a curve. My '13 was good at that. So was my '10. I did performance center delivery on my '10. They put me on the track with 3 3 series and I'm thinking WTF? Me at 5000+ pounds against little agile 3s. I tore it up. Started as the lead vehicle and wound up up the *** of the last 3 on the track. I couldnt believe how agile amd glued I was to the road zero body roll. It was really tough driving home from SC and behaving somewhat. I'm getting goosebumps thinking about it.

The Porsche doesn't thrill me looks wise. I did like the first pepper. It looked exactly what I would imagine a Porsche SUV should look like. Now. Eh.

I have time so hopefully something will excite me. Im a bit concerned they are changing the chassis on the X6 again instead of the normal facelift. I hope they don't water it down again.

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Ok. Just googled GLC. It isn't what i thought it was. Looks like a baby GLE Coupe. Silimar to the X4 vs X6?
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Originally Posted by cmyx6mgo
Ok. Just googled GLC. It isn't what i thought it was. Looks like a baby GLE Coupe. Silimar to the X4 vs X6?
It is but the difference is that it has the same engine as the AMG GTS (503hp), the same transmission and all wheel drive system as the new E63S, and is lighter than an E Class.

This car is significantly better than your X6M in power:weight ratio, and it has that amazing AMG twin turbo V8.

Plus you can have it built with full nappa leather with diamond stitching and all the other bits and pieces that aren't even available on the GLE63S.
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I must admit I do love my ride but it is a little soft to me...I have had it lowered and boosted by renntech but still a little soft to me....has a little too much squat and nose dive when on throttle and brakes...curves are pretty flat but still not as agile as I would like...however I prefer the looks and still fairly few 63 coupes on the road...can't say the same for the x6m
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I worked at plant Spartanburg for 16 yrs, loved the x6m when it first came out, but I would not recommend any bmw with v8 motor. I own two benzs there geared more towards luxury with a Lil sportiness. Bmw's are fun but I love my benzs
Considering a red gle63 coupe myself

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For people interested in this segment, the third generation porsche Cayenne will be announced on August 30th.

Initial signs are very encouraging.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...e-drive-review

http://gtspirit.com/2017/08/03/proto...sive-ever/amp/
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It is but the difference is that it has the same engine as the AMG GTS (503hp), the same transmission and all wheel drive system as the new E63S, and is lighter than an E Class.
Thanks, Stealth - I had no idea this existed. I need to get out more


pman and tblountman - appreciate the comments. I'll start doing some homework and hit a few dealers to kick some tires. It's a disease - 18 months to go and already thinking what's next.
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After many long nights of endless web research and sleepless nights, I ordered the Trackhawk today.

Time for something completely different. 707hp and the exhaust/supercharger whine was to much to resist.

I strongly considered the GLC63, but ultimately it was too small.

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Originally Posted by Mike450
After many long nights of endless web research and sleepless nights, I ordered the Traxkhawk today.

Time for something completely different. 707hp and the exhaust/supercharger whine was to much to resist.

I strongly considered the GLC63, but ultimately it was too small.
That car is great value.
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After many long nights of endless web research and sleepless nights, I ordered the Trackhawk today.

Time for something completely different. 707hp and the exhaust/supercharger whine was to much to resist.

I strongly considered the GLC63, but ultimately it was too small.
I was reading up on it - it's a beast. I had a bad experience with Jeep and would never go back but that was long ago. You know how women are with grudges. Good luck.


Newbie just found the "Thanks" button....

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I came from a '13 SRT Grand Cherokee to the GLE63 and haven't missed it one bit. I must admit I was tempted to wait for the trailhawk but was always somewhat disappointed with the fit and finish on the Jeep...however I had absolutely no issues or complaints about problems. I decided to go with the GLE and do a renntech upgrade and haven't looked back. Enjoy the SRT as it will be a beast.
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Incidentally, test drove a 2017 gle63 coupe- what a beast!
Beautifully imposing and athletic ,I like its looks more then the outdated and kinda boring looks of the BMW x6m.
The interior reads from quality and the ride was excellent in every way,and it is it's a head turner and drives well both in the city and highway.
I'm still waiting to see what the new e63s is going to deliver,plus the new cls for next year, but so far the gle63s is on my short list.
Not much of a Porsche fan, but the new cayenne looks interesting.
To the OP, after 10 BMWs over the years, I jumped ship to mb amg, and never looked back. Try it ,you may like the mb amg platform a lot!!!!
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I forgot about this thread. I'm going to test drive one tomorrow. Thanks all.
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I forgot about this thread. I'm going to test drive one tomorrow. Thanks all.
test drovean X5M right before test driving our GLE63. The X5 felt fast but really uncomfortable especially in the back seat. The AMG is super cushy in comfortable mode despite 21” wheels. In Sports + the things is a wild beast. The trim and leather is nice in both since either car is the top of the line for the particular mode so you get Napa leather everywhere and alcantara. I think the iDrive is better but the Benz infotainment is not too terrible since the facelift and the apple CarPlay support. Finally the exhaust on the AMG is on a league of its own. I have an Audi and a corvette and both have sports exhaust and neither come close to the visceral feel of the AMG one. Make sure to turn the knob to sport plus on your test drive to experience the pops and crackles.

Finally, looking at lightly used examples, there more Mercedes options for us and those were all CPO’d. My BMW dealer said they don’t certify M cars due to cost unless customers ask for them. Also as a disclaimer the BMW we drove wasn’t all well taken care of for a 2016 car.

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