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The new GLE is very quiet and impeccably finished inside, and has excellent seats. The uplevel GLE 450 has a powerful 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine that returned 20 mpg overall in our tests.
The standard engine is a 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The GLE rides comfortably but its handling is rather dull. It comes with a new infotainment system that has one large screen that contains the instrument panel and center screen. Audio, phone, navigation, and some comfort settings can be changed through the touchscreen, touchpad, or steering-wheel, touch-sensitive controls. We found the system extremely distracting to use, even with the ability to use voice commands. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. A 603-hp, 4.0-liter V8 turbo engine in the GLE 63 S is new for 2021.
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2020
2020 Redesign Year
$51,025 - $74,400
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2016-2019
2016 Redesign Year
Renamed from the M-Class, the GLE is a capable and luxurious midsized SUV. The GLE350 comes with a 3.5-liter, 302-hp V6 that delivers smooth and powerful acceleration with 18 mpg overall and generous towing limits.
A four-cylinder turbodiesel is also available. Supple and composed, the GLE rides well and is quiet inside. Steering response is quick but comes up short on feedback and precision. Emergency handling reaches its limits at modest speeds, reducing confidence. First-rate interior finish and well-padded seats are interior highlights, but the infotainment system is complex. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.
$40,975 - $90,675
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$33,925 - $78,975
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$28,375 - $69,250
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$23,450 - $60,050
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