The cheapest GLE will still set you back at least $56,695 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). That’s a few thousand dollars more than the 2018 GLE 350, but buyers get an upgraded engine and standard all-wheel drive. Also standard are 19-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver’s seat with memory settings, heated front seats, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power side mirrors. Infotainment is run through a seven-inch screen with a central controller.
The GLE 400 is offered with several packages. The first three are AMG-themed upgrades. An AMG Line Exterior package ($2,900) adds chiseled bumpers and a chrome skid plate along with 20-inch rims, and the AMG Line Exterior with Night Package ($3,200) adds in gloss-black accents. The AMG Line Interior package ($350) includes sport seats, aluminum-brushed pedals, and a sporty steering wheel.
Next up are three packages bundling luxury features. The Premium 1 Package ($3,900) groups blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, keyless entry, navigation, a touchpad controller, XM radio, a household-style power outlet, a Harman Kardon sound system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The Premium 2 Package ($6,900) includes all Premium 1 features plus active LED headlights, adaptive high beams, ambient interior lighting, illuminated sills, heated and cooled front cup holders, rear side-window shades, and a pass-through for the rear center armrest. The Premium 3 Package ($9,080) includes features from Premiums 1 and 2, plus adaptive cruise control, a bevy of automated driving systems, parking assist, and a surround-view camera system.
Finally, the Parking Assistance Package ($1,290) includes just the active parking assist and surround-view camera.
Standalone interior options include leather seats ($1,620), a panoramic sunroof ($1,000), aluminum running boards ($650), a heated steering wheel ($250), a wood and leather steering wheel ($600), ventilated front seats ($570), massage-capable front seats ($1,100), heated rear seats ($580), three-zone automatic climate control ($760), an air purification system ($280), soft-close doors ($550), a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system ($5,800), and a rear-seat entertainment system ($1,950). Performance and safety options are parking assist ($970), an adaptive suspension ($2,910), and wipers lined with holes that spray washer fluid ($350).