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Used Mercedes GLE (15-present) review

Used Mercedes GLE (15-present)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes-Benz GLE estate?

The Audi Q7 is more practical than the GLE and, if you choose the second-generation model launched in 2016, more efficient too. The Q7's interior is a little smarter, and it doesn’t cost any more to buy. In short, it’s a better all-rounder than the GLE – although you’ll have to pay extra for air suspension.

The Land Rover Discovery is an old favourite and in its latest iteration, launched in 2017, it’s terrifically comfortable, with air suspension as standard. It’s also better off road than the GLE and comes with that valuable extra pair of seats.

Another seven-seat rival is the Volvo XC90, which places safety and comfort at the top of its priority list. It looks smart, too, and comes with a gorgeous interior. Problem is, it’s also quite expensive to buy and doesn’t drive as smoothly or as tightly as you’d hope for.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes-Benz GLE estate?

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Verdict

It’s spacious and luxurious, but the Mercedes GLE is nevertheless a little lumpen compared with its best used rivals

  • Powerful engines
  • Huge boot
  • Well equipped
  • Ponderous handling
  • Finicky infotainment
  • Lumbering ride quality