Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
While the GLE looks pretty expensive at first glance, it's actually priced roughly in line with its luxury SUV rivals, including the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery. Within the lineup itself, there’s quite a price jump from 300d to 350d, with a smaller one from 350d to 400d. The performance difference between these is significant, though. If you’re considering the 350d, it’s hard to ignore the appeal of the 400d’s extra power, especially as both engines emit the same level of CO2 emissions and return similar fuel economy.
Understandably, the 300d is the most economical Mercedes GLE; it actually betters most rivals, both officially and in our real-world tests. However, despite also emitting less CO2 than many of its peers, the GLE is still in the top band for benefit in kind (BIK) tax, making it a pricey choice for company car users.
When it comes to PCP finance, the rival Discovery and Q7 are available with cheaper monthly payments.
Equipment, options and extras
Can’t be bothered to pick between loads of different trim levels? That’s lucky, because there’s just one offered in the UK.
Every GLE sold here comes in AMG Line form and is packed with equipment. Along with the fancy infotainment system discussed earlier, you get luxuries such as heated front seats, a self-parking system, four-zone climate control (on seven-seat models) and cruise control.
If you want more luxuries, most of them are bundled into packs that come with hefty price tags. Consider the Premium Package if you want a few more gadgets, but the Premium Plus Package is too pricey to recommend.
If you plan on taking the GLE off the beaten track, there’s also an off-road package that adds underbody protection. However, you can’t add this to the 300d.
Every GLE comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty, which is pretty much par for the course in this class. There's also roadside assistance for three years, so you won't be stranded at the side of the road if you break down.
Mercedes’ reliability record isn’t great; the brand finished a lowly 24th out of the 31 manufacturers that were included in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. However, bucking the trend of the manufacturer’s other models, the GLE finished at the top of the Luxury SUV class for reliability, ahead of the likes of the Q7, Range Rover Sport and Volvo XC90.
Safety and security
The GLE comes with an impressive list of standard safety equipment, including blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking and a pop-up bonnet that helps to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. All of which helped it score an impressive maximum five-star safety rating from experts Euro NCAP.
As for security, an alarm and immobiliser are fitted to help ward off thieves.
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