- Loads of standard kit
- Simple trim structure
- AMG performance models included
There were three distinct trim levels on offer - Sport, AMG Line and Designo Line – along with Mercedes-AMG GLE 43, 63 and 63 S performance derivatives.
Standard Mercedes-Benz GLE equipment
At the bottom of the range you’ve got Sport specification. This still comes with a wealth of kit – the car gets a set of 19-inch alloy wheels along with an automatic parking system and rear parking camera. There are automatic main beam headlights, the Dynamic Select choice of driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Individual and Off Road), a powered tailgate, LED headlamps and tinted windows.
Inside you get the Comand infotainment system with an 8.0-inch screen. It’s controlled by a touchpad and includes DAB radio. You also get heated front seats, keyless start and climate control.
Moving up to AMG Line secures you a more premium offering; including 20-inch alloy wheels, an AMG bodykit and adaptive air suspension.
Inside the car there’s an AMG steering wheel, false-leather sports seats, better brakes and some stainless steel pedals.
At the top of the range you find Designo Line, which includes a 360-degree camera for even more accurate parking. There’s a closing aid for the door and boot lid, a panoramic electric sunroof, heated and cooled front seats (including massage function and memory package), running boards down the side of the car and even a heated steering wheel.
This top trim gets you a high-quality Harman Kardon sound system too, along with heating for the rear seats and even temperature-controlled cup-holders to keep your drink either warm or cold.
In January 2018 Mercedes introduced a Night Edition model to the range, with darker accents inside and out for a more distinctive look.
Merecedes-AMG GLE 43 standard equipment
The GLE 43 replaced the AMG 450 and featured:
- Sports steering wheel and pedals
- Sports seats finished in false leather
- Illuminated AMG sill covers
- AMG 43 4Matic drivetrain
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 standard equipment
Standard kit includes:
- 20-inch wheels
- Fake leather upholstery
- AMG bodykit, interior trim, steering wheel, alloys
- Special AMG instrument cluster with race timer and gearshift indicator
- AMG 63 4Matic drivetrain
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S standard equipment
The quickest GLE featured:
- 21-inch alloys
- Different front and rear bumper designs
- Nappa leather sports seats
- Steering wheel with false Alcantara grips
- High-performance brakes
- AMG 63 S 4Matic drivetrain
Optional Mercedes-Benz GLE accessories
As with many cars at this price point, there’s a huge array of optional extras to dissect when ordering your car. Many are grouped into packages to make it easier to decipher, such as the Premium and Premium Plus packages for Sport and AMG Line cars. The former includes the 360-degree camera, memory seating, a panoramic electric sunroof and running boards. The latter gets all of that but adds the Harman Kardon sound system and keyless entry and go.
The Driving Assistance Package includes Active Blind Spot Assist (warns and then stops you from driving into a car in your blind spot), Active Lane Keeping Assist (brakes and steers you back into your lane if you drift without indicating), Brake Assist Plus (which provides more braking power in the event of a collision), radar-guided cruise control and an automatic braking system.
You can also order the Night Package, which is a styling upgrade including wheels and black accents, the Entertainment Package – including TV tuner and screens mounted on the backs of the front seats – and the Off Road Package, which will appeal to hardcore off-roaders thanks to the centre differential lock, Off Road+ driving mode, reinforced underbody protection and low-range gearbox capability.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4x4 (15-19).
Equipment by trim level
To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:
|Equipment included on some trim levels|
|AMG standard equipment|
|AMG optional equipment|
AMG Designo Line equipment
|AMG Designo Line standard equipment|
|AMG Designo Line optional equipment|
AMG Line equipment
|AMG Line standard equipment|
|AMG Line optional equipment|
Designo Line equipment
|Designo Line standard equipment|
|Designo Line optional equipment|
Night Edition equipment
|Night Edition standard equipment|
|Night Edition optional equipment|
|Sport standard equipment|
|Sport optional equipment|
- Inherently a safe car
- Two Isofix points
- Loads of driver-assistance kit
The GLE hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP because the M-Class was, and it’s not normal for a car to be retested a second time until it’s actually replaced, rather than renamed. The M scored five stars back in 2012, so we’ve used that data for this section of the review, but considering the array of kit on offer, we still consider this a safe car in 2018.
As usual on vehicles from this manufacturer, a huge array of safety kit serves to keep Mercedes-Benz GLE occupants, other drivers and pedestrians safe. You can also specify a large amount of optional kit to help further.
Highlights from the standard kit list include an active bonnet that rises should you hit a pedestrian, airbags dotted around the cabin, an electronic handbrake with hill-start assist, a fatigue-detection and warning system, an automatic collision warning and braking system, crosswind assist (which uses targeted braking to prevent strong gusts blowing the car off line), automatic headlamps and Isofix child seat points for the two outer rear seats.
You also get a traffic sign recognition system to remind you of the speed limit and an anticipatory system which detects an impending crash and prepares the car, shutting windows and pre-tensioning seatbelts.
Optional Mercedes-Benz GLE safety equipment
The Driving Assistance Package nets you a host of safety features including an Active Blind Spot Assist function (which prevents you from steering into cars in your blind spot), active lane-keeping assist (which steers you back into your lane if the car detects you veering unintentionally), a brake-assist function (providing the optimum braking force for the conditions), and adaptive cruise control.
On the GLE 350 d you can optionally select the Active Curve System, which aims to make the car more stable through corners.
Adding the Premium Package to your GLE will also net you a 360-degree camera which will make parking far easier, along with an automatic parking system.
WATCH: Mercedes-Benz GLE 4x4 Euro NCAP crash test video
- Loads of room for luggage and passengers
- Automated bootlid and parking sensors help
- Check its dimensions to see if it’ll fit in your garage
Inside you’ve got acres of room, with more than enough room for four adults, and five if the fifth is happy to squeeze between the back-seat passengers – though you’ll sacrifice legroom thanks to the transmission tunnel.
You’ve got a large storage space between the front seats along with a large glovebox, nets on the rear of the front seats and door pockets in each door big enough to hold larger bottles.
The GLE is a large car and will just about squeeze into a parking space, but of course you’re sat nice and high thanks to its off-road credentials so visibility is great.
You’re also treated to a self-parking system comprising sensors and a camera.
The boot of the GLE is huge, and the rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 split to unlock a van-like 2,010 litres of space.
However, the plug-in hybrid GLE 500 e has batteries that account for 200 litres of room.
All cars get a powered tailgate as standard.
How does the boot space compare?
Check the table below to see how the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4x4 (15-19) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.
|Porsche Cayenne (10-18)||580 litres|
|BMW X5 4x4||500 litres|
|Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4x4 (15-19)||480 litres|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||221 litres|