Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
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.
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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