2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

Introduction

The Mercedes GLE is one of the German company’s most luxurious products; a large five-seat SUV that comes with an array of powerful drivetrain options – these include petrol and diesel power, and also a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). All GLEs have automatic transmissions and 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard across the board. Most GLEs will be used exclusively on tarmac, but there is an Off-Road Package for the diesels that gives the Mercedes genuine mud-plugging ability. The GLE competes in a tough class full of impressive cars, like the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Land Rover Discovery.

Body Style: SUV         Seats: 5               MRP from £51,245 - £96,950 

            

Did you know? This is the artist formerly known as the ML, the new GLE nameplate coming into effect in 2015, during the midlife facelift.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 5.0 / 10

The GLE is a middling option in the premium SUV class - desirable but ultimately not as good as some rivals, including the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, which both offer seven seats and better emissions. The GLE is a tech-laden, safety-conscious machine that focuses on comfort ahead of dynamic acuity, despite the presence of not one but two AMG models in the range. There’s plenty still to recommend about this SUV – but the...