Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

5/5
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Verdict

The Mercedes GLE-Class comes in two forms to the world. First up is the SUV form, it's bi, it's boxy, and it appears to be very traditional. Then, for those of you who like the sportier-looking things in life, you can opt for the bulky Coupe SUV look. Mercedes are sitting up and looking the X5 and the X6 squarely in the eyes, and inviting them for a tussle. This car is great for competition, and Mercedes are really rolling out the options to try and take the top spot in terms of luxury sales.

Performance

There is a good selection of both models to the Irish market. There are a range of engines in both forms. The smallest in the coupe version is a 3.0 litre diesel engine that offers 0100km/h in 7 seconds and a top speed of 226km/h. The 3.0 petrol offers 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds and on-paper it can reach 247km/h - not that these top speeds will mean much to Irish drivers. The SUV version of the GLE has a 4 cylinder 2143cc diesel engine that gives 200hp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds. The 3.0 litre diesel offering gives 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds, while the 3.0 litre petrol does the same speed in 5.3 seconds.

Ride & Handling

The 9-speed automatic gearbox is excellent, and changes gears at the right times in a very smooth fashion. This car is smooth over most surfaces and it controls itself well on corners. Grip is good is the all-wheel drive models. There is a rear wheel drive option available to the Irish market too.

Refinement

This vehicle is well padded on the inside and while you can certainly here the engine climbing up to speed, it still holds its refinement. The interior is well built and there seems to be good padding around the vehicle to fight off noise intrusion.

Quality & Reliability

The interior is as classy as you would find in most Mercedes. It’s not as interesting as the X5, but it’s not worth complaining about it. As always, the infotainment system could be less confusing.

Safety & Security

The GLE Class has not undergone Euro NCAP tests, but it does have a fair amount of safety equipment. One thing worth mentioning is the Crosswind Assist. This clever technology helps fight off crosswinds. The car comes with a large number of airbags and a plethora of technical safety equipment.

Space & Practicality

The normal GLE is a giant on the road and space is not an issue. It offers a 690 litre boot. Leg room and head room are not issues here.

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Key Facts

Make

Mercedes-Benz

Model
GLE-Class
Variant
GLE 250 BLUETEC A/T
Car Category
SUV
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
2.1
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
9 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€65,665
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
Average L/100 km
5.9
Average km/L
16.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Fuel Tank Range
1186 km
Cost of filling a tank
€85.33
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.38
CO2 emmissions
149 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
200 bhp
Max Power kW
149
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2143
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Rear
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
210 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
8.6 s
Town KPG
6.10 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
5.30 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
690 L

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Mileage
4 Year Roadside Assistance

Dimensions

Boot capacity
690 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
235/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
235/65 R17 mm
Length
4819 mm
Width
1935 mm
Height
1796 mm
Wheel Base
2915 mm
Front Track (mm)
1796
Rear Track (mm)
1663
Kerb weight
2000 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2850
Turning circle (m)
11.80

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Double wishbone
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
200 bhp