- Won’t be cheap in tax or fuel for most versions
- Hybrid can be cheaper, but only in some situations
- High servicing, maintenance and insurance costs
Regardless of which of the many versions you choose, the Mercedes GLE is not a cheap car to run. Its sheer weight means it won’t be great on fuel, while consumables like tyres and brakes will also be expensive thanks to the demands placed upon them.
Insurance is going to be equally dear, and servicing and maintenance fees will likely stack up too.
The only slight respite here is the GLE 500 e plug-in hybrid. This model has an electric range of 18.5 miles, so in theory you can go that far without using any fuel, saving cash. In practice you may find this range considerably lower, and your fuel bills increased as a result.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,818 - £2,530 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,267 - £1,654 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Fixed at two years – but the vast majority of customers will purchase a service pack with the car for transparency during their time with it|
|Warranty||Three years/unlimited mileage|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £450
See tax rates for all versions
41 - 50
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
An SUV of these dimensions is never going to be particularly good for CO2 emissions. And indeed, the majority of the range has frighteningly high output starting at 156g/km and rising to 276g/km for a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Night Edition.
The only version that scores well in this regard is the GLE 500 e plug-in hybrid, which has an official figure of 84g/km thanks to its petrol-electric drivetrain. However, this will be considerably worse in real life for most users unless you only travel short distances and regularly charge the car, so if this is a consideration it’s worth keeping that in mind.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid||84 g/km (Min)||£0 - £440|
|GLE 63 (5.5) Petrol||276 g/km (Max)||£450|
- No concerning stories
- Check all tech works
- Approved used examples best
We don’t have any owners’ reviews for the GLE, and that’s a good sign that there aren’t many underlying reliability issues for this Mercedes. There are a few for the M-Class it replaced, however, but they’re positive in the main.
This is a model that’s been highly acclaimed for its strength and off-road ability, so it’s reasonable to expect it’ll stand the rest of time well.
Our only slight caveat here is that there’s so much technology on board that gremlins may crop up, but your dealer should be able to sort these in short order.
If you’re buying a used GLE, ensure everything works as it should just for peace of mind. Buying an approved used car from Mercedes is a great way to ensure you’re getting what you expect.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No reported problems.|
|Engine / gearbox||No reported problems.|
|Other||No reported problems.|