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Overview (Final Score: B)
The luxury crossover-SUV markets are exploding and becoming very contentious. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class offers a good mix of package choices, engine options, interior refinement and on-road excellence. With seating for five adults and good cargo, the GLE-Class remains a favorite in the luxury SUV market.
There are six models to choose from in the GLE lineup, which replaces the M-Class of previous years. Each model is noted by its engine, starting with the base GLE350 and working into the turbocharged GLE400 and GLE43 models then to the V8-powered GLE63 and GLE63 S options. The plug-in hybrid GLE550e finishes out the lineup, though hints at a possible diesel-powered option for the US market have been made.
There are a host of standard features included with the base level 2017 GLE-Class. The excellent exterior look of the crossover is enhanced with LED lighting and an integrated roof rack. Inside, dual-zone climate, premium seating and an 8-inch infotainment screen are also standard. Along with many other items. Packages then expand those inclusions with several things that can both personalize and enhance the GLE-Class throughout its model upgrades.
What We Love About the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class:
- Excellent interior comfort in both front and rear
- Standard features are plentiful and modern
- Sporty and fun in the AMG package, as expected
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class:
- Lackluster performance from the base engine
- Ride quality may be a bit stiff for some luxury expectations
- Pricing varies greatly and escalates quickly through the packages
Pricing and Value (7/10)
The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the third best-selling luxury crossover in its class, so it tends to hold value a bit better than do most of its contemporaries. Knowing that, we also note that the base price for the GLE is significantly higher than the segment’s average and the upgrade packaging prices can quickly escalate from there.
Most buying in the base model will likely price it above the base level at around $55k with delivery. The GLE400 and GLE43 models are most popular, and will be priced closer to $80k with popular packages added. That price disparity means that finding good value in the GLE-Class is going to be both subjective and difficult.
We suspect that of the GLE-Class models available, the plug-in hybrid GLE550e will have the best value retention of the group. This is due to the high demand in the luxury segments for hybrid options in many US markets, especially on the West Coast.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (68/80, 85%)
In the midsize luxury crossover segments, there are a lot of options to choose from. Sport utilities in this category are generally differentiated by a bent towards luxury or a bent towards sport. The GLE-Class is one of the sportier options, but does not skimp on luxury when compared to other sports-centric options such as theor . That said, there are more luxurious options, such as the Lexus RX series and the Jaguar F-Pace. One of the best offerings in this segment is the , which has won multiple awards for excellence.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class offers a lot to the consumer, not the least of which are a nice suite of engine options and a great number of packaging choices. Unlike many in this luxury class, the GLE can be customized through these choices.
There is a reason for the GLE-Class being a high seller in the luxury crossover segments and we don’t blame people for loving this great Mercedes.
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