2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

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$51,100

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • AMG performance potential
  • Backseat room, seating position
  • Driving visibility (non-coupe)
  • Folded seats render flat cargo floor

The bad:

  • Rickety climate controls
  • Cumbersome backseat folding
  • Visibility in GLE-Class Coupe
  • Backseat entry/exit in GLE-Class Coupe
  • Limited cargo room in GLE-Class Coupe

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Formerly M-Class, renamed for 2016
  • Updated styling and interior
  • Many drivetrains, including diesel and turbo V-8
  • New plug-in hybrid GLE550e
  • New GLE-Class Coupe variant competes with BMW X6

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Mercedes says the GLE-Class is a refresh on the M-Class, though its name is different. The SUV comes in many variants, from the diesel GLE300d to the turbo V-8 GLE63.

ExteriorTypical of a refresh, the GLE-Class’ styling is evolutionary from the M-Class; this isn’t a styling sea change. The profile, face and tail remain generally the same, save reshaped bumper openings and updated headlights; LED headlights are optional. Mercedes-AMG models have twin-bar grilles.

Wheels range from 17-inchers on the GLE300d all the way up to 21s on the AMGs. Other AMG additions include a rear bumper diffuser and quad tailpipe finishers. If you want the AMG look without the power or price, various AMG Line exterior packages lend some of the styling.

Optional off-road provisions include a two-speed transfer case, a locking center differential and an adaptive air suspension that can raise ground clearance to 11 inches for a maximum water-fording depth of nearly 2 feet. The air suspension can also include active stabilizer bars that counter body roll in real time; the feature is standard on AMG models.

InteriorLike the exterior, the GLE’s interior represents an update over the M-Class. The center controls are more squared off, with a screen that juts out above the dashboard, though not as much as the tabletlike screen in some Mercedes models. The screen itself measures 7 inches, with an 8-inch screen if you add optional multimedia features.

Like the redesigned C-Class, the GLE hosts Mercedes’ latest Comand system, which incorporates a touchpad controller above the traditional knob. Optional premium stereos come from Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen.

Aluminum cabin trim is standard. Optional trim includes piano-black lacquer, carbon fiber or four wood finishes, one of them open-pore. MB-Tex vinyl upholstery is standard, and full leather is optional. AMG models have an MB-Tex dashboard finish, unique gauges, a flat-bottom steering wheel and AMG-badged, leather sport seats.

Mercedes’ Dynamic Select system has up to seven different modes that optimize various driving systems for better handling, off-road capability, poor weather and more.

Under the HoodMercedes offers six drivetrains in the GLE-Class. The GLE300d gets a diesel four-cylinder that’s good for 201 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque, while the GLE350 gets a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The GLE400 has a 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6.

The plug-in GLE550e teams a gasoline V-6 with a 114-hp electric motor for a combined 436 hp. The motor draws energy off a rechargeable 8.8-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery, and Mercedes says you can go 18.6 miles solely on electric power. Drivers can alternate between four driving modes to maximize electric range or preserve it for later.

The Mercedes-AMG GLE63 and GLE63 S are the lineup’s highest performers, with rear-biased all-wheel drive and a turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8 that’s rated at 550 hp (GLE63) or 577 hp (GLE63 S).

All models get a seven-speed automatic transmission, with a quicker-shifting setup in the AMGs. All-wheel drive is standard on all but the base, rear-drive GLE350.

SafetyMercedes’ Collision Prevention Assist Plus, a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, is standard. Typical of new Mercedes vehicles, the GLE-Class offers all manner of semiautonomous driving systems, including all-speed adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detecting automatic braking and active steering with lane keeping and blind spot intervention. Around-view cameras and active parking assist are also optional.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

3.9

It was an experience

Our 2015 was better than our 2016, the 2016 gave us many years of tire warnings. The ultra thin skylight cover baked us in the Florida sun, we had to use blackout shades it was ridiculous. Other than that it was good. The 2020 though is leaps and bounds over all other GL/GLE 350's we have owned. It's like a space ship, we love it.

5.0

I love my GLE

Very smooth ride. Lots of cool safety features. Good power. Good value for my money as I bought this as a CPO. Mercedes Benz financing made it easy to own.

4.9

Awesome SUV nicknamed it THE BEAST

This is what I was looking for at a great price, and it moves like a rocket. And it has more room that any of the others I shopped, other brand suv's

See all 11 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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Compare the competitors

2015

BMW X4

$44,700

starting MSRP

2014

BMW X6

$60,800

starting MSRP

2017

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

$52,000

starting MSRP

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