One of Mercedes-Benz’s most popular models, the GLE-Class is available in a huge array of powertrain configurations ranging from a modest, naturally-aspirated V6 to a thundering, 577-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8. There are also two separate body styles – a traditional two-box crossover SUV and a svelte, high-riding four-door coupe.
What's New for 2017
Changes are simple for 2017. The biggest upgrades are the addition of 4G LTE wifi connectivity and a standard rear-view camera. Mercedes also shuffled the option packages for the GLE-Class Coupe.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Owners can choose from V6 or V8 engines, although 4Matic all-wheel drive is the only way to fly on all but the most basic GLE-Class models. The Coupe model, unsurprisingly, leans more towards performance and is only available in AMG trims.
While the GLE-Class is a versatile vehicle, it’s also aging. Newer vehicles from BMW, Volvo, and Audi bring more advanced driver assistance systems, more evolved styling, and improved materials. That said, the GLE-Class does offer a healthy array of standard and optional equipment, with the latter arriving via Mercedes’ traditional Premium Packages – there are three, each building on the other.
Desirable standalone features include massaging, ventilated front seats, an extremely pricey ($5,800) Bang and Olufsen stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an AMG exterior styling package.
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