The GLE400 4MATIC gets Mercedes’ 329-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. The brand-new engine helps the GLE steer, feel and look more like an actual, honest-to-Stuttgart Mercedes than any M-collection ever did. This Mercedes still doesn’t seem to have its whole intuition in this mart part. The styling wasn’t specific to this version but part of a large scheme to open an abrasive compatibility between Benz’s conventional sedan and SUV formations.
Basically, the SUVs are now marked as GL, with the third text telling each version’s point in the magnitude series. So the GLE is held between the small GLA and GLC (previously the GLK) and the large GLS (formerly the GL). And, no astonishment, the GLE400’s twin-turbo V-6 also is supplied in the E-collection sedan and seems ordained to spread throughout the M-B extent as a fuel-stingier alternative to V-8s.
In the GLE extent, as in the sedan, this V-6 supplants a 402-hp turbocharged V-8 version, which used to be labelled the ML550. It’s direct injected has variable valve moment, and is adjusted to keep engine accelerates debased for good fuel system (the EPA municipality evaluating rises 4 mpg over that of the former V-8, while the freeway amount increases by 3 mpg). Analyzed with the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 used in the GLE350, it has an abbreviated crank operation and small solid bores. And it runs a 10.5:1 concentration ratio, relatively high for a turbocharged engine. That 329-hp evaluating is somewhat unreal, because what the engine delivers champion is a sweet-natured well of torque.
There’s good consequence right off the formation as the turbos blow in early, but only a moment after that event the engine produces its 354 lb-ft of limit torque at 1600 rpm and maintains that product all the path up to 4000 rpm. Propel in the assured talents of Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission and the 4MATIC all-wheel-steer system, and the phenomenon is an unconcerned driving experience. There’s always torque accessible, and that torque always finds a steer wheel to use it.
The GLE400 is fast and satisfyingly progressive. The victory to 60 mph takes 5.5 seconds, while the quarter-mile goes by in 14.1 seconds at 99 mph. That’s exactly the same zero-to-60-mph moment gained by the 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T, which is energy by a 333-hp 3.0-liter powered V-6. And the Mercedes is 0.1 second fast in the quarter-mile, with a same 99-mph trap speed. The former V-8–energy ML550 was a bit faster than the actual V-6–energy GLE400—getting to 60 mph 0.6 second fast and finishing the quarter-mile run 0.7 ordinal earlier but this brand-new V-6 performs competitively.
Customers in this segment looking for more serious performance are good sufficed by the BMW X5 or the Mercedes-AMG GLE63. What the all-brand-new Audi has over the rested Mercedes is more avant-garde styling and a more responsive bodies. There’s a bit too much M-collection fuddy or duddy enduring in the GLE’s modified design, while the Q7 looks distinct and athletic. On the skidpad, the GLE400 oversaw only a dull 0.72-g path where the Audi fastened to the tune of 0.85 g. Both automobiles were on all-season tires (19-inch Dunlops on this automobile, 20-inch inventors on the Audi), but the latex on the Mercedes seemed particularly debased on grasping. increasing the content, the stability-command system intervenes aggressively as soon as these tires commence to slip. Propel in the Audi’s good steering feel and ace stopping and it’s clear that the GLE400 isn’t the driver's choice in this collection.
The slightly large Q7 has three lines of rooms to meet seven individuals, whereas the GLE allows five in two lines. Still, there are evidences working in the Benz’s kindness. Without a third row to deal with, there’s 38 blockish feet of merchandise capability in a large indoor that is exceedingly cozy, handsomely trimmed with wood, and perfectly fastened together. That includes Mercedes’ three-spoke steering wheel, which is just the right shape and nicely brushed. The impressive Swedish minimalism of the Volvo XC90 has specified the room for compartment décor in this indulgence collection, but conservatives will find support in this Mercedes. The GLE400’s steer is brushed, but body motions are well regulated , and it’s spookily peaceful inside. There’s good feedback from the steering, but the electronically assisted rack-and-pinion system often feels overboosted.
The GLE400 always feels considerable and well evaluated out. Like every automobile in this collection, it can be optioned up to include virtually every technology from automatic way keeping and adaptive cruise command to a $2910 active curve system that varies the spin inelasticity of the front and procreate stabilizer bars in simultaneity with the adaptive softening system. The GLE400 4MATIC starts at $65,525, including a $925 destination charge. Injudiciously analyzing too many of the option containers such as the ridiculously priced $5800 Bang & Olufsen audio system will hit the whole value up beyond $85,000. The try-out automobile moved a $75,765 bottom formation.
Customers could rescue a few horses by specifying the less exorbitant GLE350, which starts at $52,025 with procreate-wheel steer. If that isn’t quite the right gagdet, there’s also a gle300d 4MATIC energy by a 201-hp turbo-diesel four-solid or the brand-new GLE550e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid that combines the GLE400’s turbo V-6 with a battery-driven electric engine for a symptom of environmental good and a had 436 horsepower. And at the top of the extent is the foolish tough 577-hp Mercedes-AMG GLE63S 4MATIC with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8. Or there’s the malodorous GLE450 AMG coupe, which assets its necessary designing with the upright GLE SUV but has a chic leaning roof to destroy much of that pesky service and merchandise capability.
The GLE400 is sometimes dumpy-looking ML relatives. But there’s still some expedient feel here, as if this may be the warmup act for a truly superb fourth-generation mid-magnitude SUV from Mercedes-Benz.