2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE | New Car Review

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 by
Mercedes-Benz GLE
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  • Exterior
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  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
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  • Performance
    Editor: 95%
  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

While the badge may baffle you at first, the GLE is an offering from the German marque’s line-up that began its legacy in 1997.  Formerly referred to as the M-Class, the GLE is ’s answer to the likes of the BMW X5 and Land Rover LR4.


* 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.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE front


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.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior


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.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE side

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.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE front

Summing it…

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.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE side


Specifications Mercedes-Benz GLE 4002016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 5002016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 632016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 S
Engine/ Cylinders3.0 litre turbocharged / V64.7 litre turbocharged / V85.5 litre turbocharged / V85.5 litre turbocharged / V8
Max Power
333 hp @ 5,250 RPM435 hp @ 5,250 RPM557 hp @ 5,750 RPM585 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
480 Nm @ 3,500 RPM700 Nm @ 4,750 RPM700 Nm @ 4,500 RPM760 Nm @ 5,250 RPM
Tranmission7 speed automatic7 speed automatic7 speed automatic7 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h6.1 secs5.3 secs4.3 secs4.2 secs
Top speed247 km/h250 km/h250 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 255,065AED 337,000AED 432,000AED 463,000

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