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Mercedes Benz GLE Class Ultimate Buying Guide

Used VS New For those deciding which Mercedes Benz model to purchase our 2023 Mercedes GLE order guide will give you the basic run down on just about anything you need to know. While not …

Mercedes GLE

Used VS New

For those deciding which Mercedes Benz model to purchase our 2023 Mercedes GLE order guide will give you the basic run down on just about anything you need to know. While not a deal breaker, one of the most enjoyable features I like on the GLE Class is that this model can raise and lower its air suspension like a classic low rider as part of the E-Active Body Control option. In addition to creating smiles and great social media content, this feature helps off-road by temporarily reducing the load on your wheels and keeping your vehicle free from nasty sand.

The GLE class is the one of the safest available models. In IIHS safety tests, a perfect crash score, a good and acceptable rating for the headlights, and an excellent and easy rating for the standard front-end anti-collision system. are getting. With optional systems, including pedestrian detection, the GLE is a top safety pick for 2021. 

 Only automated emergency braking and blind spot monitoring are included in GLE’s standard driver aid technology, but the Driver Assistance Package Plus provides all the functions you need. This consists of Front Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Centering, Lane Change Assist, Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Most examples of the GLE come with two rows of seating for five passengers, but an optional third row expands the capacity to seven. The front seat legroom is 40.3 inches, and a rear passenger can stretch his legs with his 40.9 inches of space. We don’t have measurements for the third row, but in our initial tests, we found these seats to be perfect for toddlers. 

When the back seats are folded, the second row’s luggage space increases to 74.9 cubic feet. Luggage capacity is 33.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 74.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

What’s It Like to Drive?

Driving a GLE model, or really any Mercedes Benz model to be honest, is a fun experience. While just about any Mercedes model holds up to a certain standard there are features that some driving may be searching for. Mercedes offers a lot with this model. Rather than writing about each one in great length, I’ve listed the features included in this model below. Feel free to browse though them and ask any specific questions in the comment section below.

  • Cargo Capacity- N/A
  • Curb Weight – 4,696 lb
  • Engine Name- 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
  • Front Headroom- 40.5 in
  • Front Legroom- 40.3 in
  • Front Shoulder Room- 59.3 in
  • Fuel Capacity -22.5
  • Ground Clearance- N/A
  • GVWR- 6,217 lb
  • Height- 70.7 in
  • Horsepower- 255@5,800
  • Length- 194.3 in
  • Number Of Cylinders- 4
  • Payload Capacity- 1,609 lb
  • Rear Headroom- 40.3 in
  • Rear Legroom- 40.9 in
  • Rear Shoulder Room- 58.3 in
  • Standard MPG – 19/26
  • Tonnage -N/A
  • Torque – 273@1,800
  • Towing Capacity – 7,700 lb
  • 9G-TRONIC transmission, 9-speed automatic mode Choosing in Manual Mode
  • Transmission Type – Automatic
  • Trim – GLE350
  • Wheelbase – 117.9 in
  • Width – 76.7 in

What’s New

As we all know, when you buy this brand you get more than just the basic 4 wheels with standard options. While there is a lot to say about this model some of the most important features in our opinion include:

  • 19″ 5-Spoke
  • 19″ Alloy
  • 19” Multispoke Wheels
  • 20″ AMG 5-Spoke w/ Black Accents
  • 20″ AMG Twin 5-Spoke
  • 20″ Twin 5-Spoke
  • 21″ AMG Multispoke
  • 21″ AMG Multispoke w/ Black Accent
  • 21″ Twin 5-Spoke
  • 3rd Row Seat Package
  • 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS
  • 4-Zone Climate Control
  • 9G-TRONIC transmission, 9-speed automatic mode Choosing in Manual Mode
  • Active Multicontour Front Seats with Massage
  • Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Front Airbags
  • Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • 7- Airbags
  • Knee Airbags
  • Air-Balance Package
  • All-Season Floormats, Black Rubber 4-Pack
  • Aluminum with Longitudinal Grain Interior Trim
  • Aluminum-Optic
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Apple Car Play  Control
  • Android Auto Apps Control
  • Armrest, Front Seat Center
  • Audio System, MBUX AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Multi-Touch Screen
  • Auto Start-Stop
  • Bluetooth
  • Body-Color Heated Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals, as Well As Body-Color Heated Driver Power Door Mirrors
  • Brake Assist System
  • Active Brake Lights
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic
  • MBUX Built-In Apps
  • Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored
  • Cardinal Red Metallic Paint
  • Cargo Area Cover
  • Cargo Hooks
  • Center High Mount Stop Light
  • Chrome/Bright Trim, Bumpers
  • Cirrus Silver Metallic
  • Collision Warning System
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Coming Home Device
  • Chrome Door Handle Inserts
  • Compass
  • Connection to External Entertainment Devices
  • Corrosion Warranty Months
  • Cruise/Speed Control
  • Diamond White Bright Paint 
  • Front and Rear Cupholders,
  • Dashcam
  • Designo Black Flamed Open-Pore Ash Wood H35
  • Design High-Gloss Brown Flowing Lines Linden H34
  • Memory-equipped Dual Front 14-Way Power Heated Bucket
  • Eight Speakers Subwoofer and Front bass
  • Electrical System, 12v
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Engine Start Button
  • Entry System, Illuminated
  • Exterior Lighting Package
  • First-Aid Kit (PIO)
  • Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area
  • Heads Up Display
  • Heated and Cooled Cupholders
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Heated Washer
  • High-Gloss Grey Linden
  • High-Gloss Grey Linden Interior Trim
  • Hill Holder
  • IIHS Best Pick
  • IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
  • IIHS Roof Strength
  • Illuminated Running Boards
  • Lights, Daytime Running
  • Load Sill Protection
  • Low Tire Pressure Indicator
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Main Dashboard Display
  • Maintenance Warranty Months
  • MBUX Interior Assistant (Gesture Control)
  • Media Control with Touch Pad, Touch Screen
  • Memory Adjustment: Mirror, Steering Wheel, Head Restraint
  • Metal Wave Interior Trim
  • Metal Weave
  • Metallic Paint
  • Mobile Phone Prep with Charger
  • Mojave Silver Metallic
  • Multi-Collision Braking
  • Multi-Function Display Screen, 12.3-Inch with Touch Pad
  • Natural Grain Brown Walnut
  • Natural Grain Brown Walnut Interior Trim
  • Natural Grain Grey Oak
  • Natural Grain Grey Oak Interior Trim
  • Navigation System, MB Navigation Multi-Touch Screen with Internet and Traffic Info
  • NHTSA Rating Front Driver
  • NHTSA Rating Front Side
  • NHTSA Rating Overall
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Assist
  • Seatbelt Warning
  • Seating, 5
  • Secondary Ventilation Controls
  • Selenite Grey Metallic
  • Single Rear Wheels
  • Smart Card/Key
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Foot Operated Trunk Release
  • Remote Trunk/Hatch Release
  • Underbody Protection: Engine, Fuel Tank
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Voice Activating System
  • Wheel Locking Bolts, Black (PIO)
  • Rear Window
  • 3rd Row Windows
  • Ventilation System With Micro Filter
  • Rear Side Windows
  • Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Wood/Leather Steering Wheel

New GLE Additional Mentions

  • GLE 450 bounce mode
  • wireless apple carplay
  • live traffic


Regardless of specification level, all GLEs have Mercedes-Dual Benz’s Display cabin, which includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The MBUX digital assistant will be available as a standalone option starting in 2021, while Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and built-in route planning are all standard.

Burmester offers two premium audio systems for audiophiles: a 13-speaker setup or a 25-speaker system with dome speakers.

Power Train 

The three available choices for this car are the GLE 300 d, GLE 400 d, and GLE 450 d powertrains. Now let’s initiate the topic with GLE 300d. It is propelled by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that complies with BS6 standards and produces 245 hp and 500 Nm of torque. 

With this engine, the GLE sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225 km/h. A 3.0-liter in-line 6-turbocharged diesel engine that complies with BS6 and produces 330 PS and 700 Nm of torque powers the GLE 400 d.

It has a top speed of 245 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.  

For the GLE 450, Mercedes-Benz only offers petrol engines. This 3.0-liter BS6-compliant in-line six-cylinder engine produces a staggering 367 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, and in 5.7 seconds, he achieved a 0-100 km/h sprint, with a 250 km/h limit covering the top of his wack range. Additionally, the engine is outfitted with a 48V mild hybrid system. All three engines are mated to Mercedes’ 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive nine-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz offers more than five drive variants for the GLE class. Regardless of the engine, all versions include a 9-speed automatic transmission. Although most models are standard RWD, AWD is available on the entry-level GLE 350.


As for trim, the GLE 300 d is only offered in exclusive trim, while the GLE 400 d and GLE 450 are offered in Elite trim. The GLE is a fairly well-equipped car. It features a panoramic sunroof, THERMATIC 4-zone climate control, MBUX multimedia infotainment system, 64-color ambient lighting, active parking assistance, 7 airbags, 19-inch wheels, and LED headlights and taillights.

The elite model adds intelligent headlight control plus 20-inch wheels, a 360-degree camera, multibeam LED headlights with ultra-range hazard lights, 4MATIC with adjustable torque distribution, AIRMATIC adjustment, and a 360-degree camera. gle 450 bounce mode

Which One We Would Recommend

There are well-balanced, well-made luxury SUVs in the GLE range, but opting for the wrong box on the order sheet can result in an underperforming SUV. To be clear, avoid the GLE 350. In judging this GLE for the 2020 Car of the Year competition, the base model’s standard suspension was “almost uncontrollable,” a pickup with a live axle on a flat tire like his truck,” and “by far the worst.” The base powertrain of this midsize SUV is a modest 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

In contrast, the GLE 450 is a pleasure. Sharp handling, great ride quality, and exceptional off-road ability are all provided by its air suspension. As operating in a long-distance GLE, the Ute is a fantastic travel vehicle. The MBUX infotainment system is trickier than we anticipated, with clumsy touchpad controls and features concealed behind menus.

Even though the GLE 63 S’s V-8 underperformed the super SUV in a year-over-year comparison, we were nonetheless impressed with its performance after testing it. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is more affordable, the Lamborghini Urus is quicker, and the GLS 63 is a superior Mercedes. Overall, the choice of luxury SUVs in the GLE class is impressive. If you can, stay away from that base suspension and powertrain.

1 thought on “Mercedes Benz GLE Class Ultimate Buying Guide”

  1. The GLE is a great car and i’d buy one in a heartbeat, but not over an S class. The S class has a bigger engine option with more HP, yes, but that isn’t what draws me to it. I like the fact that they are a little lower to the ground and easier to maneuver. The larger GLE would be nice for a small family vehicle but not if you need something for general commuting.


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