2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the German automaker’s midsize-luxury SUV. A 2-row/5-passenger hauler that adeptly takes on rivals like the BMW X5 and Lexus RX.


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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the German automaker’s midsize-luxury SUV. A 2-row/5-passenger hauler that adeptly takes on rivals like the BMW X5 and Lexus RX. Formerly known as the M-Class, the GLE modified its name a couple of years ago and now has sufficient configurations to be its own lineup. Most customers will be satisfied with the jack-of-all-trades GLE350 and its V6. However, there’s also a plug-in hybrid SUV variant for those seeking better sufficiency.

Driving The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The GLE’s road-going characteristics differ quite a bit depending on the powertrain. Most buyers will pick the GLE350 in standard rear-wheel-drive form or all-wheel drive, which Mercedes calls “4Matic.” The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE class has a top blend of strength and handling in such a form. Though its acceleration trails that of a standard X5 (the GLE’s 0-60-mph time is 7.5 seconds, vs. 6.1 for the BMW), it will be more than sufficient for most buyers. More relevant is the GLE’s admirable road manners. A satisfying combination of comfort and finesse, all bolstered by the confidence inspired by using the GLE’s physical presence and high seating position. The GLE550e plug-in hybrid comes at a higher cost but gives you a have-cake-and-eat-it-too mentality. With 436 horsepower, this hybrid-luxury SUV can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. A few ticks are quicker than the AMG GLE63 performance variant.

Interior Comfort

The Mercedes GLE remains a 2-row/5-passenger SUV and has no pretense of making an attempt to stuff a tiny third row into its shape. That’s a good thing. Due to the fact the GLE provides more rear-seat legroom than an X5 and edges its German rival in cargo capacity too. Behind the rear seats is 38.2 cubic feet; folding the seats opens up a significant 80.3 cubic feet. Driver and passenger are treated to a good view out thanks to the higher seating position. Below the standard 8-inch display is a button-centric module for audio, telephone, and navigation to supplement the rotary controller between the seats.

Exterior Styling

A styling update two years ago softened some of the GLE’s boxy lines, but the 2018 GLE exterior stays tough but handsome. We mainly like the angled C-pillar in the back of the rear doors, and the LED taillights make a declaration at night. It also has LED-accented headlights during the day. For an AMG look, except for the extra AMG price, an exterior package deal gives body styling found in the performance models. Also available is the Night Package, which consists of AMG styling and gloss-black accents for that edgier appeal.

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Pulling heavier loads may not be the first thing on the mind of 2018 mercedes benz GLE 350 buyers. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that this midsize-luxury SUV is up to the task if you have a trailer or leisure toys. Rear-drive models are rated at 6,600 pounds, while 4Matic models reach 7,200 pounds.


Inside the 2018 Mercedes GLE coupe and the good-looking shell is an interior that pampers, especially with your chosen options. From massaging front seats to heated and cooled cup holders, the GLE’s cabin makes even the mundane seem marvelous.

Engine & Transmission of the 22018 Mercedes Benz GLE specs

The 2018 GLE’s well-known engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is well-known and all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The AWD GLE550e plug-in hybrid pairs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with an electric-powered motor and lithium-ion battery and can travel 10 miles on electricity alone. The battery can be charged in a couple of hours, and because it has a robust gas engine on board, you won’t be stranded if the battery runs out of juice. The battery can also be charged by using the gasoline engine when driving. Both the GLE350 and GLE550e use a well-regarded 7-speed automatic transmission. If a high-performance SUV is your thing, test out the GLE AMG models we review separately.


KILOMETERS 28,947 km
COLOR Diamond Silver Metallic
TRANSMISSION Automatic 6-Speed


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