2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE | New Car Review
* A phenomenal balance between sportiness and luxury.
* Pricey with options.
In addition to the revised nomenclature, the mid-size German SUV’s visits to the surgeons see its aesthetics tweaked. Having undergone a rhinoplasty, the GLE dons a significantly more aggressive countenance that aids in putting across its sporting pretensions. With prominent creases embellishing the bodywork and complementing the GLE’s muscular stance, it’s evident as to why it’s regarded as one of the most aesthetically pleasing models in the SUV range.
Exuding luxury, the cabin is home to an abundance of supple, stitched leather and wood trim. While the reworked centre stack welcomes larger air vents, a splattering of piano black trim and an all-new floating infotainment screen, the mood lighting system envelopes the cabin and all of its occupants.
Browsing the feature list, the fine offering continues to impress with the Crosswind Assist and Touchpad control standing out. While the former applies the brakes to counter a gush of wind and keep the vehicle on track, the latter recognises gestures, handwriting and even letters and numbers, making controlling the audio, video, telephone and navigation systems that much easier.
What’s on offer?
Available with an economical V6 or a throaty V8 under the hood, the German chucks out 333 horsepower in GLE 400 guise, 435 horsepower in GLE 500 garb, 557 horsepower when sporting the GLE 63 badge and a tarmac rippling 585 horsepower in GLE 63 S form. Opt for the ultimate AMG offering and you can expect to be whizzed from 0 – 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds.
While the GLE may not have undergone a major transformation, it’s held on to all that has made it successful over the past 18 years. What about the X5 and LR4, you ask? It’s safe to say the GLE’s trumped them once again.
|Specifications||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 500||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 S|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.0 litre turbocharged / V6||4.7 litre turbocharged / V8||5.5 litre turbocharged / V8||5.5 litre turbocharged / V8|
|Max Power |
|333 hp @ 5,250 RPM||435 hp @ 5,250 RPM||557 hp @ 5,750 RPM||585 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|480 Nm @ 3,500 RPM||700 Nm @ 4,750 RPM||700 Nm @ 4,500 RPM||760 Nm @ 5,250 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed automatic||7 speed automatic||7 speed automatic||7 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||6.1 secs||5.3 secs||4.3 secs||4.2 secs|
|Top speed||247 km/h||250 km/h||250 km/h||250 km/h|
|Price||AED 255,065||AED 337,000||AED 432,000||AED 463,000|