Mercedes-Benz GLE Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Mercedes announced it would be making sweeping changes to the way it badges its model range. Among those was a new name for the M-Class SUV, now called the GLE.
The revised car will use a mixture of luxury and style to do battle with top-end SUVs such as the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.
New hybrid model
The GLE also ushers in a new wave of hybrid technology. The GLEsooe 4Matic is the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the firm’s history, and is powered by the combination of a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that produces 328bhp and 3541b ft of torque, plus a Ii4bhp electric motor. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a new automatic transmission, which is based on the older 7G-Tronic unit.
Altogether, the hybrid GLE comes with 436bhp, and can travel for up to 18 miles on electric power alone, at up to 8omph.
Mercedes says the GLEsooe 4Matic can return up to 8s.6mpg, with C02 emissions of 78g/km.
Those figures mean the GLEsooe 4Matic compares favourably with its closest rival, the BMW X5 xDrive4oe. The 3ogbhp plug-in hybrid BMW offers less power than the Mercedes, but returns the same fuel economy and marginally lower C02 emissions, at 77g/km.
The conventional engines across the range are more efficient than before, with range, economy and C02 emissions all improving by a claimed 17%. The 2.0-litre four- cylinder diesel in the GLE250d produces 20ibhp and returns up to 52.3mpg, with C02 emissions of I40g/km.
Also available is the GLE350d, powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that makes 254bhp and 4571b ft of torque. It’ll do an average of 44.impg and emit i6gg/km of C02.
All diesel GLE models will get Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Luxurious inside and out
The GLE is suitably luxurious inside, and adopts the 7.0m free-standing infotainment screen that’s used in most other Mercedes models. Also featuring is the firm’s touch-sensitive controller, which is mounted on the centre console.
Among the usual options for trim and colours is AMG Line specification, which adds Artico man-made leather upholstery and a new leather-trimmed steering wheel. Outside, there are different front and rear bumpers plus 20in alloy wheels.
Elsewhere options include Mercedes’Airmatic suspension and the AMG Ride Control system, as well as numerous technology upgrade packages.
Hot AMG version, too
For those looking for more performance from their GLE, there will be the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S model. The go-faster SUV will have a 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will develop 577bhp along with 5611b ft of torque.
That’s a little more than the GLE63 S’s closest rivals, the BMW’s X5M and X6M, which both get 564bhp from a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol engine.
Mercedes says the GLE63 S can reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds, and has a limited top speed of I55mph. The car’s average fuel consumption is rated at just 23.gmpg, however, with C02 emissions of 278g/km.
How much will it cost?
Mercedes has yet to confirm exact pricing for the new GLE, but we know the model won’t cost too much more than the existing M-Class, which is priced from £48,190. Therefore, a starting price for the entry-level GLE of around £50,000 is likely.
Expect the higher-level versions of the car to cost around £55,000, while the hot Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S should command a price tag of around £90,000.