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

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Wagon

Pros: Upscale cabin; high-tech available features; choice of powertrains

Cons: Tight third-row seat; expensive options really drive up bottom-line prices

CG Says: The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class adds AMG performance models in both wagon and a new “Coupe” bodystyle that adds a sloped, fastback roof. The AMG GLE 53 is powered by a 429-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six and the AMG GLE 63 S has a 603-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Both engines are paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with an “EQ Boost,” that can pitch in up to 21 additional horsepower for brief periods. Both AMGs have automatic-adjustable air suspension with sport tuning. Ambient lighting, satellite radio, wireless charging, and enhanced alarm system now standard on all models. Mercedes-Benz’s midsize crossover SUV was redesigned for 2020, and gained an available third-row seat (for 7-passenger seating instead of five). A 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powers the entry-level GLE 350. The GLE 450 pairs a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder gas engine with a 48-volt “EQ Boost” mild-hybrid system for a total of 362 hp (the EQ Boost system adds 21 hp when needed). The GLE 580 also uses the mild-hybrid system, but pairs it with a 483-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. All engines, along with the previously mentioned AMG models, are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the GLE 450, GLE 580, and AMGs. All-wheel drive is available on the GLE 350 in lieu of rear-wheel drive. Technology features on the GLE-Class include an E-Active Body Control, an intelligent active suspension system that can control each wheel’s suspension individually; it can lean the vehicle into corners and also wiggle the vehicle to break it loose if it gets stuck in sand or mud. The broad range of available comfort and convenience features includes a cabin air fragrancer, heated/ventilated front seats with massage, heated front armrests, power second-row seats, an automated parking system, and soft-close doors. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, evasive-steering assist, exit warning assist, driver-attention monitor, and trailer-stability assist. The GLE offers a very luxurious cabin, refined powertrains, and fine ride quality, and combines those positive with an almost bewildering array of available high-tech features.  However, the available third-row seat is cramped, and all those enticing options really drive up the bottom line. For those shoppers who can foot the bill for a generously equipped example, the redesigned GLE-Class is a technological tour de force.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices GLE 350 Wagon: $55,800
AWD GLE 350 4Matic Wagon: $58,300
AWD GLE 450 4Matic Wagon: $63,550
AWD GLE 580 4Matic: NA
AWD AMG GLE 53 Wagon: $73,400
AWD AMG GLE 53 Coupe: $77,550
AWD AMG GLE 63 S Wagon: $115,000
AWD AMG GLE 63 S Coupe: $117,050

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (GLE 350)
Horsepower
255
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder/electric motor (GLE 450)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8/electric motor (GLE 580)
Horsepower
483
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder/electric motor (AMG GLE 53)
Horsepower
429
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-23

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8/electric motor (AMG GLE 63 S)
Horsepower
603
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe
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NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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