2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

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$25,681–$66,313 Inventory Prices
(4.9) 8 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz GLE‑Class base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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, th...

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.


2016 GLE-Class Video

From the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

2016 Mercedes GLE

by Mjdesign from Springfield Virginia on March 20, 2018

Great SUV , handles very well , very comfortable , Great and snow or what roads ,Very luxurious, Head turner ,Great in gas, hate to let it go , need to downsize , My lost someone else’s game Read full review

(4.0)

Great on gas

by PacN10 from buffalo on October 21, 2017

Tires are very expensive and the rear tires have to be replaced every 18 months , drives excellent in sport + mode , love it Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class currently has 7 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GLE-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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