The GLE-Class can do it all. There’s no slouch here, and no model rides poorly—unless you opt for the glamorous 22-inch wheels available on AMGs, that is. Stick with a standard GLE, though, and these models easily earn a 7 out of 10.
All but base models have a high-response all-wheel-drive system that hustles power to wheel(s) without traction, too.
How fast is the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class?
No slowpoke wears the GLE badge.
Base GLE 350s use a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 255 hp, which is good for about a 7.0-second 0-60 mph run. GLE 450 models swap in a 3.0-liter turbo-6 with mild-hybrid tech that helps alleviate any hint of lag. They zip to 60 in 5.5 seconds, easily earning their $6,200 upcharge.
Faster but notably pricier is the GLE 580’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, which is good for 483 hp and a 4.9-second run to 60 mph.
All versions use a wonderful 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Mercedes’ in-house AMG tuning division whipped up two flavors of GLE: the 429-hp GLE 53 with its amped-up version of the GLE 450’s engine or the full-bore GLE 63 with 603 hp from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that is physically built in an AMG facility. The faster of the two is good for a blistering 3.7-second run to 60 mph.
Properly equipped, GLE 450 and GLE 580 models can lug up to 7,700 pounds of trailer, too.
Ride quality is the GLE’s hallmark; optional air springs fitted to higher-end models are even better, especially should you be tempted by their biggest wheels. For $1,710 on a GLE 450, the package containing air springs and adaptive dampers is worth the money.
AMG models can be firm; a recent GLE 63 tester with 22-inch wheels was downright stiff, with lots of lateral head-tossing motion as a result. But AMGs also have an active roll stabilization system that helps counteract lean with downright uncanny response. No SUV this big or heavy should handle this well.
(With Inputs from highgearmedia)
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