2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Best Premium Mid-Size SUV You Can Buy

After seven years in the market, first as the third-gen M-Class and then as the GLE (since the 2015 facelift), Merc has replaced its mid-size SUV with an all-new model in order to have a credible rival to the likes of the new BMW X5 and Audi Q7.

The initial range of the Euro-spec Mercedes GLE includes three diesel and one petrol variants, with the GLE 300d being the entry-level model.

The new GLE 300d is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel with 242hp (245PS) and 369lb-ft (500Nm) of torque. As will all models in the range, it comes paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Also Read: Mercedes-Benz Details All-New GLE’s Diesel Engine Lineup For Europe

Despite being only a four-cylinder, the GLE 300d manages to get similar performance to the six-cylinder GLE 350d, with a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 140mph (225km/h).

However and despite the good performance, as Carwow notes in their latest review, the four-cylinder unit does make its cluttery presence felt under acceleration, robbing points off the GLE’s scoreboard. Another subject of criticism is the third row of seats, which proves to be cramped even for children, although passengers in the first two rows have plenty of room.

Overall, the new Mercedes GLE proves to be a premium SUV with a stress-free character and packed with all the latest tech. It might not be the sharpest drive or the most cavernous people and cargo hauler, but it still manages to position itself among the segment’s best.


  • Andrewthecarguy

    Why? Look at it! 🙂

  • no25

    And annoying Mr. Merc1 be like:
    “Best mid-sized SUV? More like Best SUV PERIOD. Mercedes is the best brand in the world. Nothing tops them. Don’t know why people argue with me – they are clearly the BEST. #Winning #Blessed #IActuallyDriveAHyundai

    • OS

      just look at their sales in America…only country that matters for sales period! BeSt LuXuRy BrAnD EvA!!

      • sidewaysspin

        Has a good social score and that’s the main (only?) reason people buy them.

  • OS

    even tho its a brand new 2020 model..it looks so dated from the interior because it’s using Mercedes old setup from 2013 tweaked with the new mbux stuff or whatever. It’s already dated from Mercedes’s viewpoint bc they are doing a radical interior change for the 2021 s class with a huge tablet screen..

  • sidewaysspin

    The car looks interrupted.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Not a fan of SUVs but I’ve seen the new GLE up close and it’s actually a gorgeous vehicle, especially inside. That interior is hot.

  • Maher

    I have the previous generation ML, W166, and I wasn’t so sure about the new design when it was released, up until I saw it in person. The new Mercedes designs looks meh in pictures and great in person. Same happened with the new CLS, hated every bit of that rearend, until my dad went shopping for a new car, and when we saw the CLS 53, it was like love from first sight, and it was the easiest decision for him.

  • SteersUright

    Too bad it looks 10 years old.

  • Harry_Wild

    I checked out the new GLE and sat down with the salesperson to price one out for ordering and it end up at $89K!

  • FunctionForm

    Sorry, but they couldn’t have made that grill look any dumpier.

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