2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Best Premium Mid-Size SUV You Can Buy


The initial range of the Euro-spec Mercedes GLE includes three diesel and one petrol variants, with the GLE 300d being the entry-level model.
The new GLE 300d is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel with 242hp and 500Nm of torque. As will all models in the range, it comes paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
This four cylinder GLE 300d manages to get similar performance to the six-cylinder GLE 350d, with a 0-100 in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 225km/h.
The seven-seater format is standard in the new GLE. Buyers can opt for a five-seater as a no-cost option, but it’s expected the ‘seven’ will be vastly more popular, if for no other reason than that a stowed third seating row allows identical cargo space, up to 825L, to the ‘five’ – the only sacrifice being the deletion of the latter’s spare wheel.
Gen four is larger in every measure outside bar roof height, the most significant upsizing being overall length up a whopping 105mm and wheelbase 80mm compared with moderate stretching elsewhere.
Adjusted forward, the new GLE’s 825L boot space is a huge 135L improvement over the outgoing generation. Better yet, row two tilts forward (for third-row access) or folds mostly flat, thus liberating a whopping 2055L of space, electrically at the touch of a button located in the boot space wall.
The design inside is much like the exterior façade of other recently revamped ’Benz model lines: a good move in a more contemporary direction with neat upmarket touches, and oodles of conspicuous new-age tech and flash. The increasingly familiar dual 12.3-inch widescreen digital driver and infotainment screen arrangement, floating proud on the dash fascia, displaying with crisp and crystal clear pixels.
Overall, the new Mercedes GLE proves to be a premium SUV with a stress-free character and packed with all the latest tech. It might not be the sharpest drive or the most cavernous people and cargo hauler, but it still manages to position itself among the segment’s best.
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