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Mercedes-Benz GLE

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Mercedes-Benz GLE

(2019 - present)

    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. The current model arrived in the UK in 2019, and 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 Mercedes-Benz GLE holds an Expert Rating of 70% as of June 2022, which is some way behind the class-leading Volvo XC90 or the Land Rover Discovery.

    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.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large SUV and Coupé SUV
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £59,520 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2019
    Last updated: Winter 2019/20
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


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    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: July 2019
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    Adult protection: 91%
    Child protection: 90%
    Vulnerable road users: 78%
    Safety assist: 78%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Mercedes-Benz GLE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, 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 to us exclusively by our partner, MotorEasy, taken from new and used car warranty claims throughout their nationwide garage network. As soon as we have sufficient data on the GLE, we’ll publish the score here.

    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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    Mercedes-Benz GLEThe Mercedes-Benz GLE has received generally good media reviews, although its overall Expert Rating score lags some way behind the class-leading Volvo XC90.