2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on April 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Say hello to the GLE.

For 2016, Mercedes-Benz's M-Class has a new name -- GLE -- new engine choices, and a new coupe-like variant. But at its core, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is still every bit the comfortable, refined and well-appointed Mercedes-Benz the M-Class was. This new midsize luxury SUV offers more ground clearance and a higher seating position than most of the other vehicles wearing a three-pointed star. Aside from the new badges that come with the name change, the GLE also has slightly revised styling and new safety features, plus an all-new plug-in hybrid version.

Driving It

The GLE is available with six very different powertrains, including a diesel, a hybrid and two high-performance variants. But as our 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE full review notes, "Regardless of what's under the hood, we found all models of the GLE comfortable and easy to drive, whether on a high-speed trip or a jaunt to the market."

Alternative Versions

The diesel GLE300d 4MATIC delivers impressive EPA-rated fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. The plug-in hybrid GLE550e 4MATIC offers more power than the diesel, plus 18 miles of electric-only range. If you prefer something with copious amounts of power and a sporty suspension, AMG has put its signature on the 550-horsepower GLE63 and the 577-horsepower GLE63 S.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe



Just as BMW's X5 has a swoopy coupe-like counterpart in the X6, so does the GLE. The GLE Coupe brings together some of the cargo capacity, ride height and all-wheel drive of an SUV with looks and performance more like that of a sports sedan. Read more in our full review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Build and Price

The GLE has a starting price of just over $52,000, topping out at more than $129,000 for an AMG GLE63 S with all the bells and whistles. Build and price your own 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Midsize Luxury SUVs

There are 10 other terrific choices in this segment, all of which are appealing for different reasons. Visit our Midsize Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.


Photo Gallery: Mercedes-Benz GLE Inside and Out