Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The least powerful model, the 300d, is the most economical Mercedes GLE – it beats most rivals, both officially and in our real-world tests. Despite emitting less CO2 than many of their peers, all conventionally powered versions of the GLE are in the top band for benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax, making them a pricey choice for company car users.
That’s where the plug-in hybrid 350de steps in, with its official 19g/km CO2 emissions and 66 miles of electric-only range, which is better than the BMW X5 Xdrive45e. Both cars are in the same BIK company car tax bracket, but the GLE’s cheaper list price means lower monthly payments. You’ll have to run almost exclusively on electricity to get near the official 403.6mpg economy figure.
If you want more luxuries, most of them are bundled into packs with hefty price tags. Consider the AMG Line Premium Package if you want more gadgets and the option of seven seats (the AMG Line Premium Plus Package is too pricey to recommend). Buyers planning to take their GLE off road can opt for a package that adds underbody protection, although it’s not available on the 300d.
Every Mercedes 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.