Used Mercedes GLE 2019-present review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

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  • Mercedes GLE driving
  • Mercedes GLE front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE interior
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE boot
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE driving
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE driving
  • Mercedes GLE 3rd row seats
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE infotainment

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Mercedes GLE estate?

The majority of GLEs of this generation that are up for sale will still be within the Mercedes franchised dealer network, and will have most probably been reconditioned to look like new before hitting the forecourt.

You shouldn't expect to see any damage under the vehicle because the GLE isn't intended to venture into the wilderness in standard form. The first owner would have needed to specify the optional off road package with extra underbody protection and a special low-range gearbox for tackling tricky terrain. 

Welding errors

Two recalls have been issued for welding errors. The first is for a structural cross member at the rear of cars manufactured between 21 September and 23 October, while the second is for an issue with the fuel filler pipe that connects to the tank of examples constructed between 1 April and 30 June 2019. 

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Is a used Mercedes GLE estate reliable?

This generation of GLE is a little too new to have been included in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, although the previous GLE did do quite well in the luxury SUV category, so there's hope this latest one will continue that trend.

Meanwhile, Mercedes as a brand finished in a low 26th place out of 31 manufacturers – a rather disappointing result.