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Mercedes-Benz GLE

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

59
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

73
%
B

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

91
%
A

Running Costs:

27
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

59
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

73
%
B

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

91
%
A

Running Costs:

27
%
E

Summary


The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a large SUV model that sits between the smaller GLC and larger GLS in the Mercedes-Benz SUV family. This the current model, which arrived in the UK in 2019.

Although it’s the second generation to wear the GLE badge, it’s actually the fourth generation of the model (which was originally called the ML from 1997 to 2015).

The GLE range consists of a regular SUV model and a GLE Coupe body style, which is not actually a coupé but rather an almost identical SUV shape with a more raked cargo area. There is also a higher-performance model called the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53, and an even faster GLE 63 version arrived in 2020.

The GLE has received particular praise for its interior design and quality, as well as its comfortable ride. However, it has been criticised for tight third-row seating and unimpressive handling.

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz GLE holds an Expert Rating of C, with a score of 62%. Its reliability score is excellent, and the plug-in hybrid models help contribute to very good CO2 emissions, but the ruling costs are extremely high.

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV and Coupé SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £77,985 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Spring 2023
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 90%
Vulnerable road users: 78%
Safety assist: 78%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz GLE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-Benz GLE to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the GLE, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models27 mpgE27 – 29 mpgE – E
Diesel models37 mpgD34 – 40 mpgD – D
Plug-in hybrid models270 mpgA257 – 283 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models232 g/kmD225 – 236 g/kmD – D
Diesel models204 g/kmD187 – 218 g/kmC – D
Plug-in hybrid models23 g/kmA22 – 24 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£512D
Year 2£1,234D
Year 3£1,938D
Year 4£2,277D
Year 5£3,105D
Overall£9,066D

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is an expensive car to run, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is unsurprusingly poor for petrol models, and only average for diesels. The plug-in hybrid stats look good on paper, but this is largely a function of misleading EU/UK government lab tests that make every plug-in hybrid look amazing. There are no real-world situations where you’re going to get 270 miles out of a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and a bit of electricity.

Insurance and scheduled servicing costs for the GLC are likely to be high, especially compared to similarly-sized cars from other brands.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-Benz GLE has received

2021

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best 7-seater

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