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.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Automatic
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 hybrid (436 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (362 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp)
  • 5.5-liter V8 turbo (550 hp)
  • 5.5-liter V8 turbo (577 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Dashboard screen did not function when the car was 5 days old. The dealer picked up the car and dropped a loaner and 3 days later the car was delivered to me and the paperwork indicated that the entire dashboard was replaced with a new one-there have been no subsequent problems with the dashboard or anything else-it has been trouble free."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE)
Radio

"The radio is too hard to use. It is over complicated! Very hard to select chanels."

Allan B., FL (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"the radio freezand after com back i call and radio works sints there i dont hasve any mo problem"

Jonel M., NY (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"auto stop camera radar housing came loose. The vehicle kept trying to stop while driving because it thought the car was about to crash into something. Had to have the car towed in to dealership."

Anonymous, (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE)
Voice control commands

"Manual directions for its use our incomplete and the system is inconsistent in it's responses"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Lane keeping assist causes erratic/excessive wear of rear brake pads"

Robert F., VA (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE)
Regular brake failure

"Brake indicator light came on. New back rotors and pads were required"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors needed replacement by10000 Apple CarPlay just stops. Restarts after multiple plu andunplug usb plug"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Did not work"

David M., NY (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Was broken did not register"

David M., NY (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"Vehicle acts weird on rainy windy days while driving on roads having puddles of water. It continues to pull into an unintended direction despite being steered otherwise. I almost hit the center divider twice while driving around 50 mph on a California freeway on a rainy windy day."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Traction control

"The vehicle seems to loose traction on windy rainy days while driving over puddles of water."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"A rattle in the rear of car. Need to take it in"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Computer needed to be reprogramed to eliminate rough shifting"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e 3.0-L V6 hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Auto collision did not work and car went thru garage causes much damage to proprty"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Rough shifting complaint was not fixed with a rebuild locally. Rebuilt transmission sent from Germany."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The silver/chrome plastic trim pieces on the exterior of the car are corroding. These trim pieces cannot be cleaned when I wash them. Instead, they appear cloudy and blotchy. The pieces affected include the front bumper, strips above the running boards, rear bumper, rear loading area, and MERCEDES-BENZ logos, including the GLE350 model designation on the rear of the car. I brought this to the attention of a local dealership, and that dealership has acknowledged that this is a problem."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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