Mercedes GLE 2019 RHD infotainment

Mercedes GLE review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£55,790
What Car? Target Price£50,917
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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.

In fact, when it comes to fuel economy, the 300d 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. 

When it comes to PCP finance, the rival Discovery and Q7 offer 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 is in AMG Line trim and comes 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.

Mercedes GLE 2019 RHD infotainment

Reliability

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.

That's not beyond the realm of possibility, because the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey doesn’t make great reading for Mercedes: the brand finished a lowly 26th out of 31 manufacturers included.

Safety and security

The GLE hasn't been appraised by the independent safety experts at Euro NCAP, but it comes with an impressive list of standard safety equipment, including blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assisting, automatic emergency braking and a pop-up bonnet that helps to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision are all standard.

As for security, an alarm and immobiliser are fitted to help ward off thieves.

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Verdict

Some rivals are more practical and better to drive, but the Mercedes GLE has a dazzling interior, and on air suspension, is a comfortable cruiser.

  • Swanky looking interior
  • Quiet cruising manners
  • Loads of second row legroom
  • Rivals have a bigger boot
  • Cramped third row seats
  • Not exactly sharp to drive

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