The GLE, Mercedes-Benz five-seat SUV, replaced the former ML. The GLE lineup includes the GLE350 (formerly ML350);  and GLE550e (Mercedes' first plug-in SUV). The high-performance AMG models are now called AMG GLE43, 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.
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.
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.

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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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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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. The GLE lineup includes the GLE350 (formerly ML350);  and GLE550e (Mercedes' first plug-in SUV). The high-performance AMG models are now called AMG GLE43, 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 turbocharged AMG variants.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

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 (385 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 2018 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 freezes up

"problem was diagnosed by MERCEDES-BENZ Repair as a short circuit in the wiring running inside the windshield pillar"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"The command center was broken and MERCEDES-BENZ had to replace the entire system."

Jay K., TX (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"This feature is meant to give the driver added safety on the road , in traffic, in fact it does not work at all on our car and the message says it is inoperative therefore we are not warned at all about vehicles in the blind spot. The service dept has not been able to fix this after 4 trips to the service dept over 3 months. Very disappointing !"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.5-L V6)

"this feature does not work at all , it is inoperative and the service dept has not been able to fix it after 4 trips to service it over a period o 3 months. very disappointing in an expensive car touted for its reliability."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"cam position sensor malfunctioned causing shutdown while driving. had to stop in middle of highway completely power off car then restart. warranty covered it and has since been repaired. no repeats"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Downshifts were were abrupt. They kept the car for two weeks first trying reprogramming and finally a major component in the transmission was replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 43 AMG 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 black trim faded and stained badly and MERCEDES-BENZ refused to cover its replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 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

Headlights

"You cannot completely turn off the headlights while the ignition is set to AUX. I frequently ride a ferry where they want the lights off while entering/exiting the ferry. I sometimes also like to sit in the car and listen to the radio and it insists that some form of the headlights/parking lights have to be on while I do this. This runs the battery down and then the car won't leave the radio running for very long and shuts down to protect the battery. I also like to listen to the radio while washing the car; generally the car will not allow the radio to be on without the engine running for more than about 15-20 minutes. Very annoying."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 43 AMG 3.0-L V6 turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system is prone to freezing when driving in normal winter conditions (-20°C) for more than 1 hour. This causes the engine oil to be consumed by the turbochargers, burned in the engine, and forced out of the exhaust. There is no warning until about 3 to 3.5 litres of oil has been consumed, then a simple, non-urgent message is shown "Check engine oil level at next fill-up". Driving to the next service station can result in lube oil exhaustion, and subsequent damage to the engine. There is no urgent warning about loss of oil pressure. I had that happen the first time in January 2018, with 1750 km since new, and the dealership replaced the vehicle in April 2018 due to evidence of internal engine damage. Now with the replacement vehicle I carry 6 litres of oil with me at all times. I have had to add oil while on the road more than 10 times in the past year, most recently 7 times in one return trip. Mercedes-Benz claims this is a one-off problem (even though it is the second vehicle I have owned to have had the issue) and has no fix for the problem. They will not help me. They did not help me the first time either - that was entirely the dealership, which is now under new ownership. Worst vehicle purchase I have ever made. Their advertising jingle is "Mercedes-Benz - the best or nothing". I got nothing."

Anonymous, NT (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Unsure 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

"THE FRONT DRIVERS SEAT HAS A SQUEAK WHEN YOU GO AROUND CORNERS"

Jon R., CA (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.0 3.5-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"Ignition coil malfunction to one of the spark plugs"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

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.

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.

Climate System

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

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

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