2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid

MSRP range: $61,150 - $77,600
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Review

  • Attractive, roomy and upscale cabin
  • MBUX infotainment system is an industry leader
  • GLE 450's optional E-Active suspension provides impressive handling stability
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Options quickly drive the price up
  • Midgrade Airmatic suspension feels too floaty
  • Transmission shifts are more pronounced than we'd like
  • The GLE has been fully redesigned for 2020
  • Part of the second GLE generation introduced for 2020

The Mercedes-Benz GLE has been one of the top-rated luxury SUVs on Edmunds. This year, it's been given a full redesign, adding more features, more refinement and greater capabilities. It should come as no surprise that the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will set a new standard.

In addition to all of the touches that make a Mercedes special, the GLE gets all of the latest and greatest innovations and upgrades. The MBUX infotainment system is standard on all models and has garnered high praise for its ease of use and cutting-edge tech. There are also plenty of available advanced safety features and driver assistants for added security. For 2020, you can add a third row of seats, and even better, all of these items are available on every GLE model.

While most options are available across all powertrains, the only feature you can't get on the GLE 350 and GLE 350 4Matic is the new E-Active Body Control suspension option. If you happen to have a generous budget, it's a game-changer. This suspension leans the vehicle into turns, similar to how a motorcycle does. For passengers, it reduces the sensation of lateral cornering forces, making it feel incredibly sure-footed.

But even if you just get the base GLE 350, this Mercedes SUV will easily satisfy with its modern design, impeccable interior and solid construction. If you're in the market for a midsize luxury SUV, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE should be at the top of your list.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Cars for this year as well as Edmunds' Top Rated Luxury SUV of 2020. See all of the Top Rated Vehicles on our Best Cars page.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    The Mercedes-Benz GLE has been one of the top-rated luxury SUVs on Edmunds. This year, it's been given a full redesign, adding more features, more refinement and greater capabilities. It should come as no surprise that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE sets a new standard.

Which GLE-Class does Edmunds recommend?

Most drivers will find the GLE 350's power more than adequate. Considering that almost all options are available for this base model, it gets our recommendation. For those in cold or rainy climates, the GLE 350 4Matic is a sensible upgrade. For shoppers with deeper pockets, the GLE 450 4Matic with the E-Active Body Control suspension is a marvel of technology. We suggest skipping the optional midgrade Airmatic suspension, however, since it makes the vehicle feel far too floaty and disconnected.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class models

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available in GLE 350, GLE 350 4Matic, GLE 450 4Matic and GLE 580 4Matic trim levels. They are mostly distinguished by engine choices and all-wheel drive. The GLE has seating for five passengers, or seven if you add the optional third-row seats.

The GLE 350 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (255 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. Mercedes' all-wheel-drive system is available as the GLE 350 4Matic at additional cost. The GLE 450 4Matic comes standard with all-wheel drive and gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (362 hp, 369 lb-ft). It also comes with a 48-volt EQ Boost electrical system that adds 21 hp when needed. The GLE 580 4Matic uses a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (483 hp, 516 lb-ft) as well as the EQ Boost system.

Standard GLE features include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, a hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, adaptive suspension dampers, an automated parking system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a virtual instrument panel, simulated leather upholstery (MB-Tex), heated front seats, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats.

On the technology front, you get a 12.3-inch touchscreen, the MBUX infotainment system, a navigation system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, five USB-C ports and HD radio.

Standard advanced safety features include emergency communications, forward collision warning and mitigation, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a passenger-exit alert system, and a drowsy driver monitoring system.

An optional third row of seats is available and comes with powered second-row seats and two additional USB ports. Other bundled options to look out for include the Premium package (a household power outlet, interior ambient lighting, a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, satellite radio, and a wireless charging pad) and the Driver Assist package (adaptive cruise control, active emergency stop assist, lane keeping assist, active lane change assist, frontal cross-traffic alert, a traffic sign reader, and a low-level automated driving system).

We also like the MBUX Technology package (augmented reality driving directions, a head-up display and additional controls for interior features) and the Energizing package Plus (an air fragrancer, ventilated front seats, and multicontour front seats with massage functions).

Other options include a variety of AMG styling packages, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, soft-close doors, a panoramic sunroof, a trailer hitch, an air suspension, leather upholstery, sport front seats, heated rear seats, a surround-view parking camera system, additional sound and heat insulation, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, power window shades, and a premium 25-speaker Burmester audio system.

Most of the options are consistent across the four powertrains, though the GLE 580 4Matic comes standard with a few extras. These include 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, the Premium package, the AMG exterior styling package, the 13-speaker Burmester audio system and the air suspension. The GLE 450 4Matic and 580 4Matic are also eligible for the E-Active Body Control suspension that counteracts the vehicle's body roll in turns.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

Average user rating: 4.0 stars
34 total reviews
5 star reviews: 59%
4 star reviews: 5%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 9%
1 star reviews: 7%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, What a Ride!
GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)
We ordered a 2020 GLE 450 to replace our 2016 GLE 300d, and after a rather disappointing wait time of over four months, finally took delivery in October. It was worth the wait. The new GLE is beautiful, roomy, quiet, powerful, smooth, and comfortable. I’m glad we went for the six cylinder 450 over the four cylinder 350. The heated seats (front and rear) also warm the center and door armrests, and with the heated steering wheel and rapid warmup of the engine, it’s a real nice place to be on a cold day on the northern plains. The smoothness of the engine and the electric assist makes the auto stop and start almost imperceptible. The standard MB Tex seats are very comfortable, and the extra leg room in the rear is welcome. The interior is beautiful, with natural wood trim and multi colored lighting. There are many options that can run the price up rapidly. Ours stickered at about $74,000, and we’re happy where we ended up. My only gripes are pretty minor. The electronic dash is beautiful, but it takes time to find some information that should be easier to access. For example, I think engine coolant and oil temperature information should be easier to display (how about actual gauges on the dash?) The switches for seat heating are now on the doors, which is less convenient than on the dash or console. We have the air suspension, but there is no clear display of what the current level is. The “Hey, Mercedes” voice recognition feature is cute, but sometimes seems a little silly. This is, without a doubt, the nicest vehicle we have owned in nearly 50 years of buying new and used vehicles, and we are enjoying it a lot. Well done, Mercedes Benz!
2/5 stars, doing a lemon law buyback
Ross in Texas,
GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)
waiting on dealer response, in shop 4 time for same problem, freon leak that is undetectable.
5/5 stars, Super cruiser and everyday car
GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)
I’ve owned the 450 since it came out in March 2019 (11 months) and use it on my 40 mile daily commute of highway and city. The stiffer chassis provides a solid fell (like a bank vault) and very quiet (doesn’t need electronic noise suppression). Traveling at 85 mph can feel like 55 mph. The inline-6 engine is a true gem - powerful but very smooth; the MB can easily accelerate up the two long steep hills on my highway commute and the MB can get up to 95 mph on these hills without any strain while other cars max out at 80. Hybrid motor makes the start-stop seamless and provides about 20% gas efficiency per trip. The interior is fantastic looking (lots of comments from others) and I enjoy the MBUX system - a bit complex at first but can be controlled 4 ways, so it takes about 2 weeks to become familiar. The navigation system with Augmented Reality is really useful - the front camera turns on and there are floating arrows to guide you so you don’t mistake your turn. Seats are very comfortable for long trips with good adjustment, plus Comfort package has 4 types of massage and can direct heated seats to certain areas like lower back. Styling isn’t much different then prior generations but does look more muscular when side by side; my neighbor with a Volvo XC60 said it looked intimidating, especially with the 21” wheels. My only nits are: wish the remote start would heat the steering wheel and seats like my former Lincoln MKX; heated seats start lowering itself to off after a certain time (should be manual); running boards are useless except to reach roof rack; and drive shift arm is on the right side of the steering wheel, which is usually the wiper arm in most cars. The only option that I wished I got was the E-Active suspension. The car has been reliable and really creates a nice environment that even traffic jams don’t bother you.
1/5 stars, Unreliable Disappointment!
GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)
Purchased new in December 2020 and it is being repurchased under the CA lemon law by MB authorized repurchaser, Stericycle. Beautiful car inside and out, but a huge unreliable disappointment. Car has 6600 miles on it, spent 36 days in the shop for the same issue and last night after a series of warning lights flashed on the screen as I was driving it, the engine shut off. I was on a busy road and nearly hit by the car behind me. I was able to slow roll into a parking lot and had to have the vehicle towed off. I hope to never see the car again. I test drove many cars before purchasing it and loved the looks and drive, but the car has been plagued with service issues that MB is not able to remedy.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
19 City / 24 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
Inline 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 362 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 194.3 in. / Height: 70.7 in. / Width: 76.7 in.
Curb Weight: 4991 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A

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Our experts’ favorite GLE-Class safety features:

Active Brake Assist
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Blind-Spot Assist
Warns if a vehicle is lurking in the blind spot and alerts passengers to approaching cars or cyclists before they open their door.
Active Steering Assist
Helps to keep the vehicle centered in its lane, even on curves.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. the competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. BMW X5

Like the GLE, the BMW X5 has been fully redesigned. It's a very close battle because they share many of the same advantages and drawbacks. Both deliver strong performance and have refined interiors that justify their price. Base pricing for the X5 is a little more expensive, but you won't go wrong with either one. The decision will likely be up to your personal preference.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. Audi Q7

We like the Audi Q7 for its sophisticated interior, comfortable ride quality, and its long list of standard and available features. Its cargo capacity is smaller than average for the class, however, and the third-row seats are about as confining as the GLE's.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. Volvo XC90

There's a lot to like about the Volvo XC90. It may not be as quick or exciting as the GLE, but the XC90 takes curves with a surprising amount of athleticism. It also costs less and offers more third-row seat space than the Mercedes. On the downside, the Volvo can't quite match the smooth ride quality of its rivals, and its infotainment system can take some getting used to.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class First Impressions

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE First Drive

Luxury and Technology in Perfect Harmony

Two decades ago, Mercedes-Benz sent the automotive industry into a spin by introducing one of the first mass-market luxury SUVs. The M-Class was wildly popular, partly because it beat the BMW X5 to market by a year and partly because it had a starring role in the Jurassic Park sequel. Like those dinosaurs, the M-Class evolved over the years, improving and finding a way to remain relevant in an ever-changing environment. Its name even changed a few times.

The latest adaptation is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE, which goes on sale in the spring of 2019. Expectations are high since the current GLE is still a solid choice in the class. We had the opportunity to put this new luxury SUV through its paces in Texas to see how this fourth-generation model compares to the latest batch of luxury SUVs.

A Slightly Different AnGLE

First off, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is bigger than its predecessor. The wheelbase (space between the front and rear wheels) increases by 3 inches, which contributes to the increased nose-to-tail length of about 4 inches. In terms of styling, the new GLE adopts some of the latest Mercedes design cues that debuted on the CLS sedan. Revisions to the front and sides of the vehicle are subtle and retain the instantly recognizable brand hallmarks. The back of the GLE gets a more prominent makeover with narrower taillights. It's pleasing to the eye as you walk around, with equal parts sport and strength.

The GLE 450 4Matic will be the first model to arrive in showrooms. It's powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that produces 362 horsepower. Propulsion is supplemented by a 48-volt EQ Boost electrical system that adds 21 hp when called upon. This system also contributes to improving fuel economy and powering the available E-Active Body Control suspension (more on that in a bit). A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. Following that model to market will be the GLE 350, which gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 255 hp. Rear-wheel drive is standard and 4Matic all-wheel drive is available.

We don't have official pricing yet but expect the GLE 350 to start around $55,000. The GLE 450 will likely cost at least $12,000 more. Standard equipment is comparable to that of any luxury SUV in its class.

NewfanGLEd Technology

The base model may be the GLE 350, but don't think of it as a downgrade. On paper, the power output may not be impressive for an SUV of this size, but in practice, it's more than adequate for most drivers. The GLE 350 4Matic gets up to speed with competence, though there's no mistaking the engine noise for anything but a four-cylinder.

We also spent some time with the GLE 450 4Matic equipped with the midgrade Airmatic air suspension with adaptive dampers. It's not our suspension of choice since the ride quality, although comfortable, is far too soft, leaving us feeling oddly disconnected from the road. The isolation goes a bit too far, which in turn doesn't instill confidence when cornering. It also tends to exaggerate the lazy steering response, making the driving experience seem like a simulation or video game.

Our favorite is the GLE 450 4Matic with the innovative new E-Active Body Control suspension. It takes to the curves well and delivers a very smooth ride thanks to a road scan feature that is similar to Mercedes' Magic Ride Control. One very cool trick up its sleeve is that selecting either the Curve or Sport drive mode activates a supplemental hydropneumatic system, which can actually tilt the GLE's body to counteract body roll like no other vehicle. The effect is a lot like how a motorcyclist leans while going around a turn. It's a little odd at first, but it is most certainly a "wow factor" that will impress drivers of any stripe. It transcends novelty by providing a surefootedness that is unique among SUVs. Usually, a vehicle's suspension must sacrifice ride comfort to gain improved handling. There is no such compromise here.

Combined with E-Active Body Control, the 362-hp six-cylinder engine gives the impression of sharper responses and better overall performance. The GLE 450 accelerates to highway speeds with more ease than the four-cylinder GLE 350, and it sounds less taxed doing so. Mercedes estimates the GLE 450 will reach 60 mph in only 5.5 seconds, which is 1.5 seconds quicker than the GLE 350. While there's no question which model and specification we prefer, the big question will be price. Upgrades like these have never come cheap. If history serves as a guide, it may be well outside the limits of even generous budgets.

On the whole, we're impressed with how the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE drives, regardless of engine choice. We struggle to find fault with it outside of the numbness of the midgrade air suspension. The automatic stop-start function can be a little rough, and there are some clumsy gear changes at low speeds, but these drawbacks are neither frequent nor significant.

A GagGLE of Luxury Features

Just as impressive as how the GLE drives is how well the interior is crafted. As expected, the cabin is covered in top-grade materials and built with the sturdy construction that Mercedes is known for. The beautiful twin 12.3-inch screens accentuate the horizontal dash. The only items that strike an odd tone with us are the rectangular central air vents and awkward vent-like strakes to the right of the central display.

As the second Mercedes-Benz vehicle to employ the new MBUX infotainment system, the GLE gains an advantage over its rivals. The MBUX system is packed with features, yet they're all easy to operate. The main reason is the multiple means of control. The touchpad located on the center console is the obvious way, and it's flanked by an appropriate number of physical shortcut buttons. You can also use the main display as a touchscreen, operate small tracepads located on the steering wheel, or simply speak out loud using MBUX's accurate voice recognition system.

A long list of options is available to provide supreme comfort. Different cabin modes can be selected to create a specific ambiance with lighting, audio and even scent. The GLE's massaging seats are by far the most useful, especially on longer trips as they gently shift the primary seat contact points to alleviate fatigue. For the driver, a very large head-up display effectively eliminates the need to glance at the instrument panel, and the Distronic adaptive cruise control feature lessens the drudgery of driving on the highway, especially in congested traffic. Other advanced safety features are well tuned to avoid false alarms.

The GLE's second-row seats are accommodating for larger adults, with an abundance of room in all applicable dimensions. Unlike on some other SUVs, the materials quality back there is as good as it is up front. The optional third-row seats — a first for the GLE — are more spacious than we suspected. They have enough headroom for adults, but the low and short seat cushions definitely make them better suited to smaller passengers. No matter which seat you're in, the GLE's cabin remains blissfully quiet, with a luxurious ride that is in keeping with the Mercedes-Benz reputation.

The New RinGLEader?

In all likelihood, most shoppers will gravitate toward the entry-level GLE 350. It doesn't feel or drive like the entry-level trim. Because the available E-Active Body Control suspension is such a revelation, however, we definitely recommend the 450 with that suspension to those with deeper pockets.

Making a judgment call against the midsize luxury SUV competition is tougher. The BMW X5, which is also newly redesigned, represents a slightly sportier take on the midsize luxury SUV. The Audi Q7, meanwhile, exists in the narrow middle ground with a more tech-heavy presentation. Among them, the new GLE looks to be an intriguing choice thanks to its mix of traditional luxury and innovative features.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE First Look

Bigger, More Advanced and Capable of Carrying 7

The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will soon be upon us. Previously offered only with two rows, the GLE boasts an optional third-row seat, which is possible thanks to a wheelbase that has grown by 3.1 inches. From bumper to bumper, the new GLE is 5.2 inches longer, and it's wider, too. These dimensional updates mean that all GLE buyers will enjoy more space inside, whether they opt for the two-row or the three-row layout.

What Powers the GLE?

Under the hood, the GLE gets two new engines, both paired with the same nine-speed automatic transmission. For the base GLE 350 and GLE 350 4Matic (all-wheel-drive) models, there's a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The GLE 450 4Matic steps up to a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (362 hp, 369 lb-ft) that's paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system called EQ Boost. This system augments the output by up to 21 additional horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, and it's also used to power the starter and the available adaptive suspension, which individually controls spring and damping forces at each wheel.

How Does It Ride?

Right, so about that trick suspension. It's called E-Active Body Control, and it's best described as an adaptive hydropneumatic suspension combined with an air suspension. When you're on the move, it adjusts compliance at all four corners in real time to ensure optimal ride comfort. For loading items into the cargo area (or if you've got a big car seat to load in the back seat), the ride height can be lowered by as much as 1.6 inches. And, while we're listing "oh man, that's pretty cool" features, this suspension can also get you unstuck from a sand dune by quickly raising and lowering the vehicle to alter the ground pressure and work the tires free. By the way, if you feel like adjusting the level of each wheel via the touchscreen to "improve the vehicle's attitude on rough terrain," in Mercedes' words, yeah — you can do that, too.

What's Inside?

The GLE's interior has been redesigned to accommodate a new center console and the latest Mercedes infotainment system. Front and center on the dashboard is the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, which replaces the previously standard COMAND system. Two side-by-side 12.3-inch screens handle the display duties, dominating the dashboard with all the subtlety of the Titanic docking in a seaside village. In other Mercedes products we've driven, the side-by-side screens were fantastically crisp and clear, so we look forward to sampling them in the GLE.

An optional extra for this particular version of MBUX is the MBUX interior assistant. The interior assistant recognizes hand movements and readies the center screen accordingly, highlighting certain functions. The system can even distinguish between the driver and the front passenger when providing seating controls. Massaging seats are available, which can be paired with lighting and music patterns designed to relax occupants on long journeys.

What About Safety and Tech?

As we've come to expect from Mercedes-Benz, there are long lists of both standard and optional safety and technology features for the GLE. It really does come across like an SUV from the future. Standard features include blind-spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Mercedes Pre-Safe Sound (which purports to prepare the ear for the loud sound of a collision by playing "pink noise") and five USB ports. Available safety features on the 2020 GLE include forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. Evasive Steering Assist, which has also been added to the long list of available active safety features, provides additional steering input to help the driver avoid an obstacle at speed, boosting the steering response during an evasive maneuver. These will definitely be welcome technologies for safety-minded families.

How Much Does It Cost?

We expect the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE's pricing to go up a bit relative to the previous model, with a projected starting price around $55,000. Both the GLE 350 4Matic and GLE 450 4Matic models are expected to go on sale in spring 2019, while the standard rear-wheel-drive GLE 350 will arrive in summer 2019. Stay tuned for the full Edmunds review once the GLE hits the market.


Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 GLE-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GLE-Class gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GLE-Class has 33.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class:

  • The GLE has been fully redesigned for 2020
  • Part of the second GLE generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GLE-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GLE-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 GLE-Class and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 GLE-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class?

The least-expensive 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $61,150.

Other versions include:

  • GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) which starts at $61,150
  • GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) which starts at $77,600
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the next question is, which GLE-Class model is right for you? GLE-Class variants include GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A), and GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A). For a full list of GLE-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid Overview

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid is offered in the following styles: GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A), and GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A). The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 GLE-Class Hybrid 4.0 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 2020 GLE-Class Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 GLE-Class Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including GLE 450 4MATIC, GLE 580 4MATIC, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid?

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $75,120. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) is trending $4,814 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,814 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $70,306.

The average savings for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) is 6.4% below the MSRP.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A)

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $89,000. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) is trending $5,861 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,861 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $83,139.

The average savings for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A) is 6.6% below the MSRP.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid and all available trim types: GLE 450 4MATIC, GLE 580 4MATIC. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid?

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
21 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid GLE 580 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
19 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/21 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase117.9 in.
Length194.3 in.
Width76.7 in.
Height70.7 in.
Curb Weight4991 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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