New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz GLE SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLE SUV
Even in its final year before an all-new version arrives, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV packs impressive features, versatility and power.
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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the German brand’s midsize-luxury SUV, a 2-row/5-passenger hauler formerly known as the M-Class. This is the final year for the current version of this vehicle before the all-new, more sophisticated and technologically innovative 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE arrives. Even with its replacement waiting in the wings, the current GLE remains a handsome, tough and alluring SUV with chops to easily take on rivals like the BMW X5, Acura MDX, and best-selling Lexus RX. This year’s lineup has been simplified to a single model -- the newly renamed GLE400, which also gets a power increase and a standard twin-turbo V6 engine. The sportier GLE Coupe and high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLE models are also available and reviewed separately.
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If you want a 5-passenger midsize-luxury SUV that is luxurious yet strong and comes from a prestigious brand, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE still packs the goods even in its final year before an all-new version arrives. The GLE also boasts a 7,200-pound tow rating that beats most rivals.
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If you want the most sophisticated GLE, wait for the all-new 2020 model that’s coming soon and has fresher everything. If you’re looking to spend less -- in some cases substantially less -- check out the Lexus RX, Acura MDX or Volvo XC90, all impressive in their own right. The all-new BMW X5 is faster and more athletic.
What's New for 2019
Despite this being the final year for this model before the all-new 2020 Mercedes GLE arrives, this version gets a new engine with an increase in power and a new name designation: GLE400. The former entry-level rear-wheel-drive model is cut for this year, as is the hybrid variant.
Thanks to this year’s power bump and newly standard twin-turbo engine, the Mercedes-Benz GLE has become more competitive. The GLE400 that replaces the former GLE350 has seen its horsepower rise to 329 and has a far more robust 354 lb-ft of torque, compared to last year’s respective figures of 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. What that means for real-world driving is simply better, more rewarding acceleration. Whereas last year’s model did the benchmark 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, the 2019 Mercedes GLE does 0-60 in a fleeter 5.9 seconds. That’s still behind the all-new BMW X5, but it’s respectably quick and will mean no drama for getting up to freeway speeds or scooting around town. If you’re the type of driver who relishes invigorating, dynamic driving even in an SUV, the X5 still takes that crown. Conversely, if a cloud is what you crave, turn to the Lexus RX.
The Mercedes, however, deftly splits that difference. It grants a fine blend of comfort and finesse that is further bolstered by its commanding physical presence and high seating position. Further tailoring can be done by the Dynamic Select system that lets you choose drive modes such as Comfort, Sport, Slippery (when added traction is required), Off-road or an Individual setup where you can fine-tune the parameters. The GLE also has an upper hand if you happen to use it for towing. Its ability to pull up to 7,200 pounds is impressive in this class, matching that of a mainstream, V8-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee.
TOUGH EXTERIOR, COSSETING INTERIOR
Inside the GLE's muscular and handsome shell is an interior that pampers, especially with options of your choosing. From massaging front seats to heated and cooled cup holders, the GLE's cabin has a way of making even the mundane seem marvelous.
While semi-autonomous driving ability is one headline of the coming, all-new 2020 GLE, this soon-to-be-outgoing model has some impressive tech. Abilities of this GLE include adaptive cruise control, active-steering assist, lane-keeping assist, and even a system that can keep you from colliding with a vehicle in your blind spot.
The 2019 Mercedes GLE remains a 2-row/5-passenger SUV, and has no pretense of trying to stuff in a third row. That's a good thing, because the GLE, even in its last model year in this form, offers more rear-seat legroom than the all-new BMW X5 and edges its German rival in cargo capacity, too. Behind the rear seats is 38.2 cubic feet; folding the seats opens up a significant 80.3 cubic feet. Driver and passenger are treated to a good view out thanks to the high seating position. Below the standard 7-inch display is a button-centric module for audio, phone and navigation features to supplement the rotary controller between the seats. The GLE’s standard seating upholstery is the MB-Tex faux leather. Genuine leather can be had at an extra cost.
The GLE's lines have been caressed over the years, but one of the traits that still stands out is its boxier shape that remains tough yet handsome. We particularly like the angled C-pillar behind the rear doors, and the LED taillights make a statement at night, along with the LED-accented headlights during the day. For an AMG look without the extra price of a Mercedes-AMG performance model, there's an exterior package that offers body styling found in the performance models. Also available is the Night Package, which includes AMG styling and gloss-black accents for that edgier appeal. The GLE comes standard with aluminum roof rails and rides on standard 19-inch wheels or optional 20-inch varieties.
Notable Standard Equipment
Just one trim line is available for 2019 as this generation of GLE departs, but the sole version -- the GLE400 -- is well equipped out the gate. Included are heated and power-operated front seats, power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, and universal garage remote. The infotainment system bundles a 7-inch center screen, AM/FM/HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity and dual USB ports. You will have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, however. The Mercedes GLE’s standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, crosswind assist, and a system that monitors for driver drowsiness. Also, all models now come standard with all-wheel drive, which Mercedes calls 4Matic.
Notable Optional Equipment
Many of the GLE’s options are bundled into packages. At the least, we recommend the Premium 1 Package, a good value that includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a Harman Kardon audio system and active safety features like blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist. Also available are heated/cooled massaging front seats, in-car Wi-Fi, and a high-end Bang & Olufsen audio system. Included is a 3-year trial of the new Mercedes me connect services, which allows you to check the status and control certain functions of the GLE remotely from your phone. AMG Line packages add stylistic and more aggressive design elements. Individual features we like are the wood and leather steering wheel and the power-assisted soft-close doors.
Under the Hood
Just one powertrain is available for this final-year version of the GLE before the all-new one arrives as a 2020 model. Still, it’s an improvement over last year’s model. Replacing the former naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 329 horsepower and a meaty 354 lb-ft of torque. (If you desire even more power, turn to the Mercedes-AMG GLE variants, which pack up to 577 horsepower.) For 2019, all GLE models come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD), and all are powered by a refined 9-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles that enable manual shifting. As previously noted, the GLE has a laudable tow rating of up to 7,200 pounds.
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6
329 horsepower @ 5,500-6,250 rpm
354 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE midsize-luxury SUV starts at $55,700, plus a $995 destination charge. That cost can easily rise by thousands with options. At its starting price, the GLE is slightly lower than the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne but above other midsize-luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX, Acura MDX and RDX, Volvo XC90, Land Rover Discovery and Audi Q7. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Mercedes GLE's resale value is expected to hold up well over the years, but still trail the Lexus RX.
Mercedes-Benz GLE Consumer Reviews
February 25, 2019
Enjoyed this truck
I have always had an AMG truck. It used to be ML63 AMG and now it is called GLE63AMG. This particular model has been trouble free and...
September 18, 2018
Best Mercedes SUV Ive owned
Ive owned 2 MLs before I purchased the GLE-350 4matic. Without question, its the best vehicle (SUV) that Ive owned. No issues of any...
May 30, 2018
This vehicle is a pleasure to drive! Excellent!
This is the best car Ive ever owned! Very stylish, esp. with the big 22 wheels. Most of the competition (BMW, Alpha-Romeo, Subaru, Audi,...
February 27, 2019
OK but could improve with more power.
Dependable safe and spacious. Gas milage is not in the range one would like to see but to be expected due to the vehicle weight.
September 01, 2018
I love this SUV. The ride and handling is superb.
This truck is trouble free. Enough power to keep you ahead of a wolf pack if needed. Merging into traffic is a breeze. Love this truck...
April 16, 2018
Overall rating F!!!
My overall rating is an F!!! For 60K this vehicle is missing so many creature comforts that most cars in the 25K range have. No...
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