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Starting Price: $53,195 | Price yours

Above Average: Elegant, spacious interior, comfortable ride

Below Average: Outward visibility, handling, price

Consensus: Still Mercedes levels of quality but ready for an update

 

Refined and well-appointed, with surprising capability.

Mercedes-Benz's GLE picked up where the prior M-Class left off. The GLE looks slightly different from its predecessor and has different engine choices plus a 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 midsize luxury SUV offers more ground clearance and a higher seating position than most of the other vehicles wearing a three-pointed star.

Driving It

The GLE is available with five very different powertrains, including a hybrid and three high-performance variants. But as our 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE full review notes, "More relevant is the GLE's admirable road manners -- a satisfying blend of comfort and finesse, all bolstered by the confidence inspired by the GLE's physical presence and high seating position."

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Alternative Versions

The plug-in hybrid GLE550e 4MATIC offers 10 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 385-horsepower GLE43, the 550-horsepower GLE63 and the 577-horsepower GLE63 S.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE

While the transition from M-Class to GLE involved relatively minor updates, there is an all-new GLE just around the corner. The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE is expected to arrive for the 2019 model year on a new platform with new powertrains, including AMG models and a hybrid.

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 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Build and Price

The GLE has a starting price of about $53,000, topping out at more than $130,000 for a Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S with all the bells and whistles. Build and price your own 2018 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 13 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: Exterior, Interior and Details

 

Video: Mercedes-Benz GLE Review and Road Test

 

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