2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV
- The AMG GLE 43 gets an extra 23 horsepower
- Part of the first GLE-Class generation introduced for 2016
- Multiple available powertrains make each model distinct
- Interior is quiet, upscale and roomy
- Abundant list of standard safety, tech and luxury features
- AMG variants are seriously quick
- Base V6's acceleration is merely adequate
- Ride quality with the standard suspension isn't as comfy as we expect
- Punishing ride on AMG models, with little benefit to handling
- Not many places to store small personal items
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Which GLE-Class does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
In some ways, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a bit unusual for a luxury crossover SUV. It's bigger than the typical compact crossover (think Mercedes' GLC) but lacks a third row of seats like many rivals offer. Instead, the GLE provides plenty of room to transport four adults in supreme comfort. And while many crossovers come in just one version, Mercedes offers four distinct GLE models.
The non-turbocharged V6 under the hood of the base GLE 350 provides enough thrust for everyday driving and is rated to tow up to an impressive 7,200 pounds. To really get up to speed quickly, though, check out one of the two performance-focused GLEs. The turbocharged engines in the AMG GLE 43 and the AMG GLE 63 transform the GLE from a laid-back cruiser to a hard-charging bruiser. There's also a GLE 550e plug-in hybrid. It offers a paltry 12 miles of electric-only range, but its mix of power and fuel economy is the best of the GLE lineup.
Whichever model you choose, you'll be impressed by the GLE's beautifully constructed interior. A wide variety of luxurious leathers, rich trim pieces and high-quality plastics line every conceivable touch point, making each variant feel as if it's worth the money. With so many versions available, there's surely a 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class to match your needs.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a five-passenger SUV that slots between the GLC compact crossover and the three-row GLS. It's offered in five trims, each with a distinct powertrain. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the GLE 350, while Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is optional on that model and standard on all others.
Powering the GLE 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 (302 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque) and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive (4Matic) is optional. The generous list of standard features starts with 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, a sunroof, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, and a power liftgate.
Inside, you'll find dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment and memory functions), simulated leather upholstery, Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface (with an 8-inch display) and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and two USB ports. Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, a forward collision warning system and Mercedes' Mbrace telematics system.
There are three optional packages that encompass many of the features available for the GLE-Class. The Premium 1 package is one of the most comprehensive for the GLE 350, adding keyless ignition and entry, a navigation system, a touchpad controller for the central display, satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a 14-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, a blind-spot monitoring system and a lane departure warning system.
The Premium 2 package adds adaptive LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, heated and cooled front cupholders, interior ambient lighting, illuminated doorsills, rear-window sunshades and a fold-down pass-through behind the rear-center armrest (not available on the GLE 550e). On top of that, the Premium 3 pack features a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, an automated steering system, a collision avoidance system, lane departure intervention and an automated parking system.
Upgrading to the GLE 550e not only includes the plug-in hybrid powertrain — a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and electric motor provide a combined 436 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque — but also adds leather upholstery and the contents of the Premium 1 package.
The first of the performance-oriented models is the AMG GLE 43. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (385 hp, 384 lb-ft), a nine-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch wheels, an AMG-tuned adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust, exterior styling upgrades, a flat-bottom steering wheel, simulated leather upholstery and the contents of the Premium 1 package.
Next up is the AMG GLE 63, which adds a stout turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (550 hp, 516 lb-ft), upgraded brakes, summer performance tires, active stabilizer bars, front and rear parking sensors, a sport steering wheel, a 10-way power passenger seat (with four-way power lumbar and memory functions), ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a faux-suede headliner and the contents of the Premium 2 package.
Finally, there's the top-dog AMG GLE 63 S, powered by a tuned version of the turbo V8 (577 hp, 561 lb-ft). It also adds 21-inch wheels, a carbon-fiber engine cover and faux suede steering-wheel inserts.
Many features included in the upper trims or packages can be added separately. Notable stand-alone options include a panoramic sunroof, a trailer hitch, tri-zone climate control, multicontour front seats with massage, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon or a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class AMG GLE 43 (turbo 3.0L V6 | 9-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current GLE-Class has received some revisions, including the GLE 43's increase in horsepower from 362 horsepower to 385 hp. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's GLE-Class.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out5
Child safety seat accommodation5
Audio & navigation4
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite GLE-Class safety features:
- Blind-Spot Assist
- Illuminates a light on the mirror when a vehicle enters the GLE's blind spot. Sounds an alert if the turn signal is activated.
- Surround View System
- Displays a 360-degree, bird's-eye view of the GLE, making it easier to park.
- Displays a 360-degree, bird's-eye view of the GLE, making it easier to park.
- Guides the GLE into a parking spot with minimal driver assistance.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. the competition
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2018 BMW X5
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. BMW X5
Both the GLE-Class and the BMW X5 are strong on-road performers, with excellent engines and capable handling. The suspension system on the GLE makes it slightly more off-road-capable. The BMW has the option of a third-row seat. Although that seat is small, it's still an advantage for families with small children.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. Lexus GX 460
In comparison to the GLE-Class, the Lexus GX 460 offers significantly better off-road ability. But as a result, its street manners suffer compared to the smoother-riding Mercedes. Shoppers looking for a luxury SUV with rugged, trucklike construction will want to consider the GX 460, but those in the market for a more refined vehicle should check out the GLE-Class.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
This comparison comes down to size and price. Budget-conscious buyers looking to get into a Mercedes SUV might want to consider the GLC-Class. Smaller than the GLE, this crossover still provides a decent amount of room for adults in its well-appointed cabin and delivers a satisfying driving experience on the road. But those who need more room, and have more to spend, will be happier with the GLE-Class.
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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class a good car?
The GLE is a fantastic vehicle for traveling long distances. It's comfortable, capable and roomy. Multiple available engines give buyers distinct choices between fuel economy and performance. The interior is upscale and spacious, and Mercedes offers a long list of standard safety, tech and luxury features. On the downside, the GLE's base V6 engine is merely adequate, and the vehicle's ride quality isn't as comfy as that of some competitors.
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Does the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class have good MPG?
The GLE 350 with rear-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway). Those figures are comparable to fuel economy of most other similarly sized luxury SUVs. Unsurprisingly, fuel economy starts to drop when you move into the performance-oriented AMG line. The AMG GLE 43 is rated at a combined 19 mpg (17 city/23 highway), and both the AMG GLE 63 and AMG 63 S drop to 15 mpg combined (14 city/18 highway). Meanwhile, the hybrid GLE 550e gets 43 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) in combined driving when running on electric and gasoline power. However, the 550e's battery is good for only about 12 miles of driving. After that, expect 21 mpg on gas. For comparison, the Lexus RX 450h hybrid gets 30 mpg combined.
Does the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class have good resale value?
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It hasn't changed much since a major update two years ago, but that doesn't mean the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is any less competitive in the midsize luxury SUV class. Carrying on the tradition that began under its previous name, the M-Class, the GLE range combines a usable blend of passenger room, comfort and generous cargo space with a pleasing design that is sure to capture the eye of many shoppers in the market for an upscale utility vehicle.
The standard engine for the base GLE 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Other options include a turbocharged V6, a plug-in hybrid powertrain and two turbocharged V8 AMG variants. All engines have all-wheel drive as standard except the GLE 350, in which it remains an option.
Unlike rivals that tend to stress sporty handling or a degree of off-road capability, most of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class lineup is tuned for a smooth, comfortable ride, especially with the optional air suspension. Buyers hoping to get quicker acceleration and a bit more cornering prowess might want to consider stepping up to one of the AMG models.
Inside, the GLE-Class boasts the kind of comfort and convenience items that most consumers expect in a luxury SUV, including heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and an infotainment system with the latest technology. The only hiccup might be the simulated-leather seat material that comes standard on the base GLE 350. Buyers seeking added luxury can enjoy standard genuine leather seating on the higher trim levels or tick the option box on the GLE 350.
With its plethora of available accessories and packages, the base GLE 350 can be tailored to suit the majority of shoppers. Those in the market for a hybrid can opt for the GLE 550e plug-in model, and more performance-minded buyers will want to test-drive the new turbocharged GLE 43 or the range-topping AMG GLE 63 and AMG GLE 63 S. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find your 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV.
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What do people think of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 GLE-Class SUV 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 GLE-Class SUV.
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