2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is like a tall E-Class wagon, with all the virtues of space and luxury, but with the addition of real off-road ability.

The GLE 350 uses a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLE 450 uses a sublime turbocharged inline-6 engine that makes 362 horsepower, with another 21-hp bump from its mild hybrid system: a 48-volt electrical system that helps fuel economy and is called upon for passing.

The GLE can be configured with rear-wheel drive in some models, but most are all-wheel drive.

The GLE looks more rugged than the familiar but departed Mercedes ML-Class SUV. It retains the rakish C-pillar, but now flaunts fender flares that can be unpainted in flat black, or smoother in the color of the body.

The cabin takes the organic and curvy shapes of the E-Class sedan and squares them off a bit. It's supremely spacious and exceptionally luxurious in the higher trims. A third row is optional, but the redesigned GLS is a better bet for those needing three rows; it's basically a GLE with a stretched body.

The EPA rates the 2020 GLE 350 with AWD at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined. The more powerful GLE 450 rates nearly the same, with 19/24/21 mpg.

The GLE 450's 48-volt electric system allows the gas engine to shut down during easy throttle situations, which helps fuel mileage. Both models have a stop/start system that cuts the engine at stoplights. It's not rough or obtrusive, and can be easily turned off.

During our preview drive, we beat the EPA estimates. We saw an indicated 30 mpg in mostly highway driving in the GLE 350, and 27 mpg on a similar route in the GLE 450.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE hasn't been crash tested, but every GLE comes with automatic emergency braking that can detect pedestrians, and blind-spot monitors. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is optional, bundled with active lane control and a system that moves the car into an open lane at the tap of a turn signal.

The GLE can do its best to steer itself out of a collision, either by braking one side of the car if the driver tries to merge into another car, or by adding steering force during an evasive maneuver.
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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is like a tall E-Class wagon, with all the virtues of space and luxury, but with the addition of real off-road ability.

The GLE 350 uses a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLE 450 uses a sublime turbocharged inline-6 engine that makes 362 horsepower, with another 21-hp bump from its mild hybrid system: a 48-volt electrical system that helps fuel economy and is called upon for passing.

The GLE can be configured with rear-wheel drive in some models, but most are all-wheel drive.

The GLE looks more rugged than the familiar but departed Mercedes ML-Class SUV. It retains the rakish C-pillar, but now flaunts fender flares that can be unpainted in flat black, or smoother in the color of the body.

The cabin takes the organic and curvy shapes of the E-Class sedan and squares them off a bit. It's supremely spacious and exceptionally luxurious in the higher trims. A third row is optional, but the redesigned GLS is a better bet for those needing three rows; it's basically a GLE with a stretched body.

The EPA rates the 2020 GLE 350 with AWD at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined. The more powerful GLE 450 rates nearly the same, with 19/24/21 mpg.

The GLE 450's 48-volt electric system allows the gas engine to shut down during easy throttle situations, which helps fuel mileage. Both models have a stop/start system that cuts the engine at stoplights. It's not rough or obtrusive, and can be easily turned off.

During our preview drive, we beat the EPA estimates. We saw an indicated 30 mpg in mostly highway driving in the GLE 350, and 27 mpg on a similar route in the GLE 450.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE hasn't been crash tested, but every GLE comes with automatic emergency braking that can detect pedestrians, and blind-spot monitors. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is optional, bundled with active lane control and a system that moves the car into an open lane at the tap of a turn signal.

The GLE can do its best to steer itself out of a collision, either by braking one side of the car if the driver tries to merge into another car, or by adding steering force during an evasive maneuver.
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Retail Price

$54,250 - $56,750 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG Up to 19 city / 26 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 9-spd auto w/OD
Power 255 @ 5800 rpm
Drivetrain 4MATIC all wheel, rear-wheel
Curb Weight 0 - 4,696 lbs
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