ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
The GLE, Mercedes-Benz five-seat SUV, replaced the former ML for 2016. The GLE lineup includes the GLE350 (formerly ML350) and GLE550e (Mercedes' first plug-in SUV). The high-performance AMG models are now called AMG GLE63 and GLE63 S. The plug-in gets a 329-hp V6, with the hybrid system adding another 114 hp of electric power, and is said to deliver over 18 miles of all-electric driving.
The revamped GLE is a refined vehicle with an impressively quiet cabin and meticulous fit and finish, which combine to provide a luxurious atmosphere. Handling is responsive but let down by vague steering and an unimpressive showing at its cornering limits. The ride is supple if a bit firm. The standard V6 serves up smooth and powerful acceleration and yields 18 mpg, not bad for a vehicle of its size and weight. Some controls have improved with the current generation but others remain complicated. Towing capacity is generous. Other available engines include a turbocharged V6, and the 518-hp V8 AMG.