2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
MSRP range
$52,200 - $109,700

What’s new

  • The AMG GLE 43 gets an extra 23 horsepower
  • Part of the first GLE-Class generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Not many places to store small personal items
  • Punishing ride on AMG models, with little benefit to handling
  • Ride quality with the standard suspension isn't as comfy as we expect
  • Base V6's acceleration is merely adequate
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

Nice driving safe suv for my wife and kids
George S, 3/20/2018
Traded minivan in to get safe family hauler for my wife. She loves the commanding view of the road. This Mercedes Benz rides and handles great and is very comfortable for my family. Plenty of space for kids baseball gear and family outings. Mercedes-Benz dealer was excellent to work with and treats you like a honored guest.
Moving to Luxury
Jon, 4/30/2018
I have personally driven Toyota 4-Runners for 20+ years. I finally decided I wanted something a little more upscale with an emphasis on comfort. It rides like a dream and the ability to select between driving and riding modes is fun and reasonable. I pretty much stay in comfort mode but get inclined at times to switch to sport mode when I want to connect to the road. Apple CarPlay and Surround View Cameras add to the versatility and convenience of this great vehicle. I have an advanced degree (as my wife says “over-educated) I love all the electronic and vehicle gizmo’s and gadgets. They make this vehicle safer, interesting and down right fun. I got mine in Lunar Blue with the two-tone expresso interior. It stands out from the usual black, white and silver ones that represent 80% of the ones I see. At this price point I get the colors I want, not what are in the lot. My wife did the same thing with her red GLK. Bottom line: Could not be happier my last 4-Runner was traded in after 11 years and 225,000 miles. After 5,000 miles I think I might try for another 11 year adventure.
Comfortable car
Pat warren, 5/23/2018
My 4th Mercedes. Love this car...easy to get used to new features. Have navigation but using Apple Car Play.
Nice car proving its Brand
Umid, 3/15/2018
I love my car.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$54,700
MPG
18 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
302 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$52,200
MPG
18 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
302 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$67,750
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
N/A
MSRP
$66,700
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
N/A
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Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. the competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2018 BMW X5

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.

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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.

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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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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV for Sale

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 2018 GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
GLE 350 4MATIC
MSRP$57,875
Est.Loan: $976/mo
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Dealer Notes
This Mercedes-Benz won't be on the lot long! This vehicle sets a new standard in its segment, merging power and utility with stylish proportions! Mercedes-Benz prioritized fit and finish as evidenced by: speed sensitive wipers, heated seats, and the power moon roof opens up the cabin to the natural environment. A 3.5 liter V-6 engine pairs with a sophisticated 7 speed automatic transmission, providing a smooth and predictable driving experience. Well tuned suspension and stability control deliver a spirited, yet composed, ride and drive Our sales staff will help you find the vehicle that you've been searching for. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 2018 GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
GLE 350 4MATIC
MSRP$60,650
Est.Loan: $1,023/mo
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Dealer Notes
19 5-Spoke Wheels, 4-Way Lumbar Support, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 8 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio, Anti-whiplash front head restraints, Auto tilt-away steering wheel, Auto-dimming door mirrors, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Axle Ratio: 3.47, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Compass, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, DVD-Audio, eCall Emergency System, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system: eCall Emergency System, Eucalyptus Wood Trim, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone A/C, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Garage door transmitter: Homelink, Genuine wood dashboard insert, Heated door mirrors, Heated Front Bucket Seats, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Knee airbag, Leather steering wheel, Low tire pressure warning, MB-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim, Memory seat, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power adjustable front head restraints, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power Front Seats w/Driver Memory, Power Liftgate, Power moonroof, Power passenger seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: Audio 20 AM/FM w/Single CD, Rain sensing wipers, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear fog lights, Rear reading lights, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Speed control, Speed-Sensitive Wipers, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel memory, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, and Weather band radio. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $925 freight (all new Mercedes-Benz models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 2018 GLE 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
GLE 350
MSRP$57,095
Est.Loan: $966/mo
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FAQs

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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More about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV Overview

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV is offered in the following styles: GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A), GLE 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A), AMG GLE 43 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), GLE 550e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A), AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A), and AMG GLE 63 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A).

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.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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