Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes GLE estate?
Many GLEs will come with an air suspension system that can suffer expensive problems. These are relatively few and far between, thankfully, but if you’re looking at a car with the system fitted, it pays to make sure it rides smoothly, with no untoward harshness over bumps, and that you can feel the ride comfort change noticeably while you’re on the move when you switch between Comfort and Sport modes.
Also be wary of any suspension-related warning messages on the dashboard, such as ‘Please wait, car is rising’, which might come up when you start the car. These could point to leaks, which will take a bit of time to sort and could lead to a costly burnt-out compressor.
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Is a used Mercedes GLE estate reliable?
Reliability rating 92.8%
There weren't enough examples of the GLE to let it feature in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, but in the last one it did appear in, two years ago, it finished in a wonderful third place in the luxury SUV class. Only 18% of GLEs went wrong, with engine electrics and the steering the only areas affected. Two-thirds of those cars could still be driven, but all took between a day and a week to fix. While two-thirds were repaired under warranty, some owners had to pay £1000 to £1500.
Mercedes as a brand finished in 24th place out of 30 manufacturers in the same survey.