Mercedes-Benz GLE
Mercedes-Benz GLE
Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Pros: Classy, well-finished cabin; quietness; blistering acceleration in high-performance GLE63 models

Cons: Thirsty for premium gasoline, especially GLE63; high prices on upper trim levels; some complicated controls

CG Says: The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class upgrades its base GLE350 model to become a GLE400 with more power and standard all-wheel drive. The 350’s 302-horsepower naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 is replaced by a 329-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 in the 400. The plug-in hybrid GLE550e has been dropped. A redesigned GLE-Class is expected for the 2020 model year. GLE-Class is a premium midsize crossover SUV that occupies a place in the Mercedes’ lineup that was held by the M-Class through 2015. GLE is offered as a conventional wagon and in a “coupe” body style. The coupe is a 4-door fastback version that sacrifices rear headroom and cargo space for style. The previously mentioned turbo 3.0-liter V6 of the GLE400 is tuned to produce 385 hp in the AMG GLE43. Topping the line is a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that is rated at 550 hp in AMG GLE63 and 577 in AMG GLE63 S. The V6 is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the V8 has a 7-speed automatic. All models have standard all-wheel drive. Available features include park assist, surround-view cameras, LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert, drowsiness monitor, and cross-traffic alert. GLE-Class is very refined, solidly built, and pleasant to drive. High points include the comfortable, well-finished interior and excellent powertrains. Think of the high-performance GLE63 S as a suede- and leather-lined cruise missile. It commands a significant price premium, but it is arguably the most well rounded high-power luxury SUV on the market with its admirable blend of performance, comfort, and refinement. The long list of available options can quickly raise the sticker’s bottom line, but GLE-Class is a fine premium midsize SUV that deserves serious consideration.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices GLE400 wagon: $56,695
AMG GLE43 wagon: $69,145
AMG GLE43 coupe: $72,345
AMG GLE63 wagon: $104,045
AMG GLE63 S wagon: $111,195
AMG GLE63 S coupe: $113,995

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (GLE400, GLE43)
329 (385 in GLE43)
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (GLE63, GLE63 S)
550 (577 GLE63 S)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 S Coupe
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 S Coupe
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - 4

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