Mercedes GLE (4th, W167) Review Rundown
Mercedes-Benz | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 05 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
The 4th-generation GLE is a mid-size crossover SUV. The new engines are very efficient, and the diesel engines comply with Euro 62d and RDE level 2. The petrol models will include an inline-6 that include a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The GLE 53 features AMG's latest Quickshift nine-speed auto and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system that is extremely quick and flexible about sending power wherever it's needed. It has been conceived to rival to the likes of the BMW X6 M50i and Porsche Cayenne S Coupé.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is the second-generation high-performance SUV coupé. It's big, over five metres long, and spacious enough for a seven-seat configuration. The engine is the latest iteration of the AMG-developed twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol straight six. It has AMG's latest Quickshift nine-speed auto and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
The GLE 53 Coupé is the latest model to receive AMG's mild hybrid drivetrain, which was launched in the CLS 53 back in 2018. It employs a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine developing 429bhp and 384lb ft, in combination with an integrated starter motor. Despite tipping the scales at 2250kg, this car offers robust step off and brawny in-gear acceleration. Equally as impressive as its sheer performance is its effortless cruising ability.
The fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE made quite the impression when we first tested it in the US last year. It seemed to offer all the features you'd expect from a large, posh SUV: a swanky, leather-upholstered interior; a smooth, punchy powertrain; a sublime ride and size-defying handling. Now, though, the GLE has touched down in Britain, and it's the entry-level 300d variant that's going under the microscope. The high-tech, silky smooth EQ-boost 3.0-litre petrol engine has been swapped out for a much less sophisticated (at least on paper) four-cylinder diesel.
Of the 10 SUVs Mercedes currently offers, it and the GLE Coupé sit around seventh and eighth in the size rankings. Running on electric only, this relatively big battery gives more than a token range, at 61.5 miles officially. It can charge at up to 22kW, which replenishes the battery in an hour. A towing limit of 2700kg is enough for a big horse trailer.
The GLE 350de is the latest model to join the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE line-up. It's also the latest in what the German car maker says will be up to 20 plug-in hybrid models in its range by the end of 2020. The new four-wheel-drive diesel-electric SUV boasts a class-leading electric-only range of up to 61.5 miles. In pure electric mode, the SUV can reach up to 100mph.
The GLE 400d uses a 2.9-litre straight-six turbodiesel producing 325bhp and a hefty 516lb ft. This new GLE is longer, wider and lower than the car before it and comes with the option of seven seats for the first time. It's also a technological tour-de-force, with a high-tech, high-quality interior.
The second-generation Mercedes GLE Coupe has just made it onto UK roads. Buyers can already buy an 'electrified' version of the car if they want to. The diesel-electric GLE 350de hybrid is the headline new addition to the car's powertrain range. The six-pot engine really is incredibly refined for a diesel.
Mercedes has improved its best-selling SUV, with a subtle but effective styling makeover and what we believe to be the best interior in its class. AMG Line is the only trim available in the UK, and while this makes it an attractive prospect, it also means that it's an expensive car to buy. Seven seats are standard on all but the entry-level model, while all models are fitted with four-wheel drive and a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission.
The new Mercedes GLE is the brand's answer to the BMW X5. It's on sale in the UK for the first time, in its entry-level GLE 300 d form. The 300 d is the smallest of what is currently a four-strong engine line-up. There are plug-in hybrids on the way, and hot AMG models will follow later.
The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe is set to go on sale later this year. The standard GLE has been on sale in the UK since the early part of 2019. The Coupe gets one of AMG's new 429bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engines with 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance.
The GLE Coupé 400 d boasts 325bhp and a thumping 700Nm of torque from its turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine. The nine-speed automatic transmission does a good job of nearly always being in the right gear when you're cruising around. There's more than enough legroom in the rear of the cabin, but the roofline means headroom is more limited than in a regular GLE. It's still plentiful even for adults, though, while ultimately this is the price you pay for the smart design.
The GLE 53 uses Mercedes' EQ Boost mild-hybrid tech to improve performance and efficiency. This is a 2,305kg machine, mind, and with ‘only' 429bhp to shift that bulk you might think the GLE isn't all that rapid. The 0-62mph sprint takes 5.3 seconds, so this seven-seat family SUV can embarrass hot hatchbacks. However, with official fuel consumption of 26.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 248g/km, it's still going to be as pricey to run as it is to buy.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
This is the curvy-reared version of Merc's cornerstone SUV, the GLE. The star of the line-up is this AMG 53 version, powered by a 3.0-litre petrol straight-six. The 53 engine comes from Merc's performance division, rather than HQ in Stuttgart, and Affalterbach also provides the 53's braking and suspension.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
From launch the GLE will be available with two engines in the UK, both paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive. The 300 d is punchy enough with 242bhp and 369lb ft of torque (0-62mph in 7.2 seconds), yet is gruff at low revs and may well struggle with the car fully loaded. The 350 d, 400 d, 300 de (plug-in hybrid diesel), AMG 53 and AMG 63 all set to follow within the next couple of years.
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is a high-performance version of the luxurious GLE SUV. It comes with a more powerful engine and a few visual upgrades to help you tell it apart from the standard car. The 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine produces 435hp thanks to the help of an electric motor and compact battery pack.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class builds upon everything that's come before. It looks much like every other flashy new Mercedes SUV from the front, while the rear maintains a connection to GLEs and MLs of yore. The center console's grab handles hint at some underlying off-road capability.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class starts with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4 engine. The GLE450 only comes with Mercedes' excellent 4Matic AWD system. There's a ton more tech inside, by way of Mercedes' new MBUX infotainment system.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe is much better looking than the previous-generation GLE43 Coupe. The new Coupe's roofline is sleeker, the proportions are nicer and the rear end as a whole just looks a lot better. There's near-immediate power available when you're coming out of corners, and the nine-speed transmission fires off quick shifts.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe's big wheels, tapering roofline and shapely backside are sure to grab your attention. This Mercedes is so refined and quiet you're almost always going at least 10 mph faster than you think. The suspension does a commendable job delivering a good ride, though I'd like to feel a little more delineation between the various settings.
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