The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is practically a full-fledged lineup of luxurySUVs unto itself. There's the GLE350, with its fuel-efficient V6, or the GLE550e hybrid. On the other end is a GLE63 S AMG with more power than you'll know what to do with, and in between, a new GLE43 AMG model that splits the difference in both price and power. If it sounds like there's a GLE for every luxury SUV taste, then you're right-on, as Mercedes-Benz offers a variation to take on everything from the BMW X5, Lexus RX, Lincoln MKX and Cadillac XT5. Its well-rounded nature, roomy and comfortable interior, and diverse powertrain lineup make it a solid choice for luxury SUV buyers. (The sportier, less practical GLE Coupe has its own review.)
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE drops the diesel and gains a standard rearview camera, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and a couple of new colors. There's also a new performance model: the AMG GLE43, which uses a twin-turbo V6 engine.
In addition to its new name, the 2016 Mercedes GLE builds on the outgoing M-Class with updated front and rear aesthetics, new safety features including Crosswind Assist and a revised collision-prevention system. The GLE550e plug-in hybrid SUV is all-new to the lineup.