2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Model Overview at Mercedes-Benz of Easton

Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

Key Features

  • Starting at $52,200 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5L V6 engine with Direct Injection producing 302 horsepower / 273 lb-ft of torque, available with 4MATIC® All-Wheel Drive
  • Adaptive braking technology with Active Brake Assist
  • Versatile cargo space with 60/40 split rear seats and available power liftgate
  • Standard power front seats with 3-position driver-seat memory
  • Optional COMAND® navigation with 3 years of no-charge map updates
  • Available harman/kardon® Logic 7® Sound System
  • Power tilt/sliding tinted glass sunroof

About the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

After inventing its class 20 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV continues to set the standard for luxury SUVs from every angle of its sophisticated design. At the front, distinctive LED Daytime Running Lamps feature glowing arcs which slope elegantly into the sculpted profile of the GLE. Available wheel sizes include 18-inch, 19-inch, and massive 20-inch AMG® alloys. A standard 3.5-liter V6 provides 302 horsepower for plenty of capability while an available advanced plug-in hybrid found on the GLE 550e achieves up to 50 MPGe fuel economy** without sacrificing on power. Inside, both drivers and passengers will appreciate a luxurious interior that’s packed with cutting-edge technology and driver-assistive features. Industry-leading safety systems help ensure that you’ll be protected from the unexpected behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV.

What the Critics Say


Whichever model you choose, you’ll be impressed by the GLE’s beautifully constructed interior. A wide variety of luxurious leathers, rich trim pieces and high-quality plastics line every conceivable touch point, making each variant feel as if it’s worth the money. With so many versions available, there’s surely a 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class to match your needs.” – Edmunds


With the GLE, Mercedes has crafted an American-built answer to the likes of the Acura MDX and the Ford Explorer. The GLE is one of Benz’ best-sellers, and a quick survey of its size, its powertrains, its safety record, and its lavish features demonstrate why that continues to be true, two decades after it was launched as the M-Class.” – The Car Connection


Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Features

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Design

Style & Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV lets you hit the road with confidence thanks to its sleek yet muscular styling and athletic stance. Enjoy your choice of a 3.5-liter V6 capable of producing 302 horsepower along with a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,200 lbs*** when properly equipped. Offering the perks of a plug-in hybrid, the GLE 550e not only provides exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 50 MPGe** — it’s also faster than the standard engine with a total system output of 436 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Less than 2.5 hours at a public charging station can deliver a full charge for the GLE 550e. Standard on most GLE models, 4MATIC® sends torque to the wheels that can use it best in both slippery and ideal road conditions.

Luxuriously Versatile Interior

Offering space to stretch out your imagination or to pack it all in, the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV delivers over 80 cubic feet of cargo capacity thanks to standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a power liftgate. Open the available Panorama roof to fill the cabin with fresh air and natural lighting. A delight for both the eyes and ears, the optional Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ system came from hundreds of hours of in-studio and on-the-road development. An optional Rear Seat Entertainment system provides dual screens, multiple inputs, along with wireless headsets and remotes turn the back seat into a mobile theater. Standard power front seats are shaped for enduring support and feature available materials which include supple, easy-care
MB-Tex, soft leather, or the exquisite designo® Nappa leather with diamond-stitched inserts.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Interior
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

Technology & Safety Innovations

Experience unrivaled connectivity in the GLE with available mbrace® featuring the Mercedes me smartphone app with Remote Start, in‑car Internet, and 4G LTE WiFi. Optional Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto smartphone integration gives you seamless access to your favorite apps and media. Optional Distance Pilot DISTRONIC® adaptive cruise control can even guide you with Steering Pilot. Available COMAND® with navigation, 8-inch screen, and touchpad controller each provide intuitive controls for infotainment and drive information.

Safety features are plentiful on the GLE SUV, with standard Adaptive braking technology including Predictive Brake Priming, Automatic Brake Drying, Hill-Start Assist, and brake HOLD features. 9 airbags offering 11-way protection helps ensure the safety of both the driver and passengers. A SmartKey remote locking and starting system with KEYLESS GO® eliminates the need to fumble for your keys inside your pocket or purse.

2018 Top Safety Pick Award

It comes as no surprise that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV earned a 2018 Top Safety Pick Award from the IIHS. To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

Trims & Specs

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV

GLE 350 SUV

  • Starting at $52,200 MSRP*
  • 3.5L V6 engine with Direct Injection producing 302 horsepower / 273 lb-ft of torque
  • AGILITY CONTROL® suspension
  • Power tilt/sliding sunroof and Power liftgate
  • Adaptive braking technology with Active Brake Assist
  • 8-inch high-resolution color screen and Hands-free +Bluetooth® interface
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC SUV

GLE 350 4MATIC® SUV

  • Starting at $54,700 MSRP*
  • 4MATIC® All-Wheel Drive System
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • SmartKey with KEYLESS-START
  • Optional Nappa leather upholstery
  • Available Smartphone Integration w/Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e 4MATIC Plug-in Hybrid SUV

GLE 550e 4MATIC® Plug-in Hybrid SUV

  • Starting at $66,700 MSRP*
  • 3.0L V6 Biturbo + Plug-In Hybrid Electric Motor with a total system output of 436 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, standard 4MATIC® All-Wheel Drive
  • 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles and 4-mode drive selector
  • ++harman/kardon® Logic 7® sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • COMAND® with touchpad controller, COMAND® navigation, and no-charge navigation map updates for 3 years
  • PRESAFE® and Rearview camera

*Excludes all options, taxes, title registration, $995 transportation charge and dealer preparation fees.

**2017 EPA estimated fuel economy (city/highway) is 18/23 mpg for GLE 350, 18/22 mpg for GLE 350 4MATIC®, and 39/50 MPGe (hybrid) or 20/23 mpg (gas only) for GLE 550e. Highway MPGe estimate is with a fully charged battery. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. See your dealer for final 2018 estimates.

***With optional trailer hitch. Read Operator’s Manual before towing. In some states, aftermarket trailer brakes are required. See dealer for details.

+Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.
++harman/kardon® and Logic 7® are registered marks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.