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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is practically a full-fledged lineup of luxury SUVs 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.)

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class remains a cut above its competition in sophistication and luxury, making it an excellent choice for anybody wanting a capable, comfortable and confident 2-row luxury SUV. A starting price just over $50,000 makes it surprisingly attainable as well.

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The Lexus RX offers a softer ride and a price tag that's $10,000 lower; the Acura RDX is agile and comfortable, and even less. The GLE is also limited to five passengers; if you need more room, you'll have to step up to a 3-row SUV like the Mercedes GLS.

What's New for 2017

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.

Driving It Driving Impressions

All 2017 GLE models are comfortable and easy to drive, whether it's the base GLE350, or the fire-breathing AMG GLE63 S. That means your choices are dictated by engine, and there's a wide variety here. The base 302-horsepower V6 in the GLE350 will leave most buyers perfectly satisfied, and if you want more, the twin-turbo AMG GLE43 offers a satisfying boost. The GLE550e plug-in hybrid delivers up to 18 miles of whisper-quiet range while on battery power, and returns good fuel economy the rest of the time. Then there are the AMG-tuned twins: the AMG GLE63 and AMG GLE63 S. With up to 577 horsepower on tap, performance-biased all-wheel drive, and AMG's famously good handling, they're the first choice for performance least, for those with the $100,000-plus to afford one.

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The GLE550e offers up to 18 miles of electric-only travel, along with fast charging, and the gasoline engine means no range anxiety. If your daily drive is limited to those miles, or if you can recharge during the day, you could see a dramatic decrease in your gas bill.

Mercedes-AMG GLE43
While the 2017 AMG GLE43 is not the quickest or greatest handling AMG model to debut, we like its additional power, upgraded looks, enhanced features and (relatively) affordable price point, allowing AMG-intenders a way into the famed sub-brand, but without a 6-digit price tag.

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