The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class marries a comfortable berth and a almighty powertrain in a ruggedly handsome package. It’s the latest in a continued band of comfortable off-roaders from Mercedes-Benz that started aback in the backward 1990s with the addition of the M-class. This new GLE is additionally a huge advance compared with the adaptation it replaces. That’s not to say it’s perfect. In its adventure to out-tech key rivals such as the BMW X5, Lincoln Aviator, and Volvo XC90, Mercedes has disregarded a few important details, namely autogenous ergonomics and ride comfort. While a slope-roofed “coupe” archetypal will absolutely accompany the calendar soon, the GLE-class is offered alone with a squareback SUV anatomy at the moment.
Benz’s accepted mid-size SUV has been absolutely redesigned for 2020 and appearance a added avant-garde calendar of engines, added affluence options, and added abreast technology features.
After active two of the three accessible powertrains, we’d advance afraid with the entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder GLE350 model. Despite the actuality that it’s the lowest-powered option, it moves the GLE-class forth with abundant ascendancy to amuse best drivers, and it gets bigger ammunition abridgement to boot. Since we’re extenuative our hard-earned dollars by activity with the abject model, we’d acquiesce ourselves to splurge on the Premium amalgamation (Burmester audio system, ambient autogenous lighting, a wireless smartphone-charging pad, and SiriusXM accessory radio), the Energizing Amalgamation Plus (massaging advanced seats with calefaction and ventilation, cabin-air ablution system, in-cabin aroma diffuser), and the Warmth and Abundance amalgamation (heated advanced armrests and high aperture panels). We’d additionally add acrimonious seats in the additional row, four-zone automatic altitude control, and soft-close doors, all of which are standalone options.
Models cutting the GLE350 brand are powered by a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder agent with either rear- or all-wheel drive (4Matic in Mercedes parlance) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Stepping up to the GLE450 brings accepted all-wheel drive and a 362-hp amalgam powertrain that consists of a turbocharged inline-six and a atypical 48-volt electrical system. The 2020 GLE350 appropriate 6.6 abnormal to ability 60 mph at our analysis track, and the six-cylinder GLE450 managed a 5.3-second time. While the souped-up Mercedes-AMG GLE53 (reviewed separately) brings alike added heat, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE580 represents the best able and big-ticket non-AMG model. The 48-volt arrangement combines with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 to accomplish up to 504 horsepower. Every GLE-class can be outfitted with a cutting-edge air-suspension arrangement that can angular into corners and alike jerk itself apart if the disciplinarian gets it ashore in beach or mud. The accepted bureaucracy is acceptable animate springs and anti-roll bars.
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Unsurprisingly, the four-cylinder GLE350 earns the accomplished fuel-economy estimates from the EPA at 20/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined for the rear-wheel-drive model. Adding all-wheel drive reduces both the artery and burghal abstracts by 1 mpg. The GLE450 earns ratings of 19/24/21 mpg city/highway/combined. The GLE580 burns gas at a faster amount and becoming 17/21/19 mpg. On our 200-mile artery fuel-economy analysis route, an all-wheel-drive GLE350 4Matic alternate 25 mpg, and the GLE450 4Matic delivered 23 mpg. The GLE450 goes arch to arch with the six-cylinder X5 xDrive40i, but the BMW wins in our fuel-economy testing with its 28-mpg result.
Fine abstracts such as 18-carat leather, woods, and metals admit a faculty of accurate luxury, but they additionally add a appealing penny to the basal line. Not alone can the advanced seats be heated, but the armrests and center-console lid can, too, which bound booty the arctic out of a frigid winter morning. The ample autogenous can now be outfitted with an alternative third row of seats and appearance avant-garde Mercedes technology begin in the company’s latest affluence sedans. With the alternative third row of seats stowed, we fit 11 attache accoutrements in the burden hold. With all seats bankrupt to their collapsed positions, the GLE-class offers allowance for up to 26 carry-ons. The GLE-class’s rival, the X5, matches the Mercedes in both metrics, but added competitors such as the added coupe-like Audi Q8 captivated far fewer.
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Dual 12.3-inch infotainment displays amplitude about the breadth of the dashboard and action several means to collaborate with the system, including the MBUX voice-recognition system. Like Apple’s Siri or Google’s basal assistant, MBUX can acknowledge to abounding commands, appropriately enabling the disciplinarian to accumulate his or her easily on the caster but still about-face up the heat, about-face on the ventilated-seat function, or tune to a specific radio station. A touchpad on the centermost animate allows for concrete alternation with the infotainment system, and the awning is additionally touch-sensitive, but the airheaded aren’t all logically structured. Navigating them is bigger done back the GLE-class is parked. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto affiliation and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard, which makes befitting up with calls, texts, and added communications while on the go a little easier.
The National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) hasn’t appear crash-test after-effects for the new GLE-class, but the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) called it a Top Assurance Aces due to its acceptable achievement in that agency’s testing. A accepted apartment of driver-assistance appearance additionally makes the GLE-class a acceptable aces for families. Key assurance appearance include:
Whereas BMW includes three years of aliment included in the amount of any new X5, Mercedes offers aught adulatory maintenance. As far as assurance behavior go, the GLE-class’s accepted offerings are amid the best basal in the luxury-car marketplace.