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Mercedes-Benz GLE

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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 71% as of August 2021, which is some way behind the class-leading Volvo XC90 or the Land Rover Discovery. However, due to coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions, many of the reviews in our database are still from the 2019 European launch rather than local reviews. As a result, the overall rating may change as we collate more reviews of the GLE here in the UK.

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
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


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019

91%

ADULT OCCUPANT

90%

CHILD OCCUPANT

78%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

78%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Mercedes-Benz GLE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP, and only a few cars have do far been assessed.

If the GLE is chosen for assessment, we’ll update this page with the results.

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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