Mercedes-benz Mercedes-benz Gle Estate GLE 350de 4Matic AMG Line 5dr 9G-Tronic

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Metallic - Mojave silver £570.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Selenite Grey £570.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Cavansite blue £570.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Iridium silver £570.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Obsidian black £570.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Brilliant blue £570.83 (ex. VAT)
Designo metallic - Diamond white bright £745.83 (ex. VAT)
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ECO start/stop function
Brake wear warning display
Direct steer speed sensitive steering
BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
Cruise control with variable speed limiter
Smartphone integration
Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
Hard-disk navigation
Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
12.3 High resolution wide screen cockpit display with choice of three display styles Classic, Progressive or Sport and unique ambient lighting setting
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
Hey Mercedes Voice activation
Wireless charging system for mobile devices
Traffic Sign Assist, Traffic sign recognition including wrong way warning function and display of posted speed limits in the instrument cluster
Geofencing
Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
Remote boot release
Outside temperature display
Service indicator (Active Service System)
Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
Speed limit assist
Reversing camera
Attention assist
Blind spot assist
85 litre fuel tank
Incorrect fuelling protection
Agility control suspension with selective damping system and lowered by 15mm
Plug-in Hybrid specifics with 7.4kW AC, 60kW DC charging, Household and public charging cables, Acoustic ambient protection, Pre-entry climate control
Lowered comfort suspension with steel springs and selective adaptive dampening with lowering by up to -15mm
9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
Diesel particulate filter (DPF)
Dual bluetooth interface, 2 USB ports (type C)
Additional USB connection
MBUX multimedia system
Hard disk navigation with MBUX multimedia system
DAB Digital radio
Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
Waistline in polished aluminium
Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable
Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
Rain sensing windscreen wipers
LED high performance headlamps
Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in polished aluminium
Illuminated front door sill panels with "AMG" lettering
Privacy glass - heat insulating dark tinted glass
Front green tinted glass
Radio aerial integrated into rear window
Radiator grille with integrated star and single louvre in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
Aluminium look, illuminated running boards with rubber studs
Aerial for GPS
Rear wiper
Roof rail system
Body colour door mirrors
Adaptive brake lights
Adaptive high beam assist
LED rear lights
Body coloured bumpers
Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
Four way partially front electric seat adjustment
Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console
4 way adjustable front head restraints and 2 way rear head restraints
Automatic child seat recognition sensor
Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Chrome door pins
Touchpad
Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Four way fully front electric seat adjustment
ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
Black fabric roof liner
Second row three seats
Charging cable for household sock (mode 2) - 8m, 8A
Charging cable for wallbox and public charging stations (mode 3) - 8m, 16A
Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
Two zone automatic climate control
4 way lumbar support
AMG floor mats with AMG lettering
3 spoke AMG multifunction steering wheel with touch control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section
Front centre armrest with stowage compartment and illuminated grab handles
Artico man-made leather upper dashboard with contrast topstitching
Heated front seats
Sports steering wheel
Electric height/reach adjustable steering column
Black roof liner
AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
Memory package - GLE
Parking package - GLE
Airmatic package - GLE
Mirror package - GLE
Anti theft Protection package - GLE
Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Three point rear seat belts
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Airbags - driver and front passenger, with extended adaptivity for front passenger airbag
Tyre pressure monitoring system and loss warning system
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
Active braking assist
Electronic parking brake
Drivers knee airbag
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Active bonnet
Airbags - windowbags
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Chrome surround electric key
Keyless Go starting function
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Trim - Centre console, anthracite open pore oak wood trim
Dashboard and door, anthracite open pore oak wood trim
TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor
20" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels
Summer tyres with noise reducing absorber
20" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted in tremolite grey with high sheen finish
CO2 29
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1950
Compression Ratio 2157
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 605
Gears 9
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1950
Badge Power 320.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.58
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 6.80
Engine BHP 320.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 2655
Engine Torque 700.00
Top Speed 130
Front Tyres 275/50 R20
Rear Tyres 275/50 R20
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 0
Length 4924
Wheel Base 2995
Width 2010
Fuel Tank Size 65.00
Weight 3260
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 2655
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The second generation Mercedes GLE makes most sense in this four cylinder 2.0-litre diesel/electric 350 de plug-in form. A much larger battery than you'd expect a PHEV model to have means a far longer all-electric driving range than any Plug-in car has previously offered. Sounds promising.

Background

The second generation version of Mercedes' GLE took a big step forward, but it's still a 2.2-tonne leviathan. Could a large SUV like this really ever make sense for someone with one eye on the environment? Someone wanting a combination of performance and low running costs? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, or at least it is in the case of the variant we're looking at here, the clever GLE 350 de PHEV plug-in diesel-/electric model. It specifically takes on plug-in versions of BMW's X5, Porsche's Cayenne and Volvo's XC90, but those are all petrol-powered and they've got nothing like the electric driving range of this Mercedes. Let's take a closer look.

Driving Experience

A little unusually, this is a diesel-based PHEV, using a 194hp version of the ordinary 300d model's 2.0-litre unit. The electrified element is taken care of by a 100kW electric motor able to take the car to a battery-powered top speed of 100mph. This rises to 130mph when the engine joins in, at which point 62mph from rest is achievable in only 6.8s. Of course, pushing on like that isn't going to help this PHEV model's potential NEDC-rated all-electric driving range, rated up at 66 miles thanks to the use of a lithium-ion battery that's one of the biggest we've ever seen in a plug-in model - 31.2kWh in capacity. The transmission here is the same nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox used across the rest of the range, which in the GLE works as seamlessly as it does in the many other Mercedes models in which we've tried it. Change times of that paddleshift auto 'box are one of the things influenced by the standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system - the others being throttle response, steering feedback and suspension feel. This set-up, accessible via a rocker switch on the centre console, doesn't unfortunately provide an auto' or 'adaptive'-style mode to make all the drive set-up decisions for you, but as usual, there is an 'Individual' setting allowing you to programme in your own parameters.

Design and Build

You expect a contender of this kind to make a big pavement statement - and of course this second generation GLE model does, courtesy of its larger dimensions and imposing front end. That's embellished by the twin power domed bonnet flowing down into an upright radiator grille flanked by piercing 'LED High Performance' headlamps. Inside, we're served up an interior that in our view, sets a fresh benchmark for quality and sophistication. Some features are of course familiar from other large Mercedes models - primarily the distinctive widescreen cockpit layout with its twin 12.3-inch virtual displays, which can be activated by the provided 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated functionality. And of course, there's an exemplary standard of fit, finish and materials quality, with a very high-end blend of leather, open-pore wood and aluminium accents. Second row seating is more spacious than was the case with previous GLE models. And there's a third row too, though the pews there are strictly for kids. Out back in a GLE 350de, with all the seats folded, there's up to 1,915-litres of luggage space. Which is only fractionally less than the ordinary models.

Market and Model

You'll need a budget of around £62,000 for a GLE 350 de plug-in. That's for base 'AMG Line' trim. There's also mid-range 'AMG Line Premium' and top 'AMG Line Premium Plus' trim, the latter taking you up toewards the £70,000 mark. All versions come with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed auto gearbox and a 7-seat cabin. Inside, where the upholstery is trimmed with soft nappa leather and the front seats are heated with lumbar support, an interior highlight is the 64-colour ambient lighting system which bathes the cabin with soft, soothing shades at night. You also get THERMOTRONIC climate control, a multi-function leather-stitched sports steering wheel, cruise control with a speed limiter and a reversing camera, Decor touches include anthracite open pore oak wood trim, a dash top stitched with ARTICO man-made leather, AMG floor mats and brushed stainless steel sports pedals. The real cabin talking point though, is the 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia infotainment system, which is controlled by two 12.3-inch screens, one for the instrument cluster and another in the centre of the dash. The 'MBUX' system doesn't give you smartphone-mirroring as standard, but it does include hard-disc Navigation, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, voice activation and a 'Live Traffic Information' feature that's free for the first three years of ownership.

Cost of Ownership

The electrified element of this GLE 350 de model's powertrain is provided by a 100kW electric motor activated by a lithium-ion battery that's one of the biggest we've ever seen in a plug-in model - 31.2kWh in capacity. This promises a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 61.5 miles (NEDC 66 miles) and that facilitates an overall CO2 figure of 29g/km. The NEDC combined cycle fuel reading is 256.8mpg. This would be our variant of choice in the range, provided you don't mind the fact that you'll need a fast charger for really quick plug-in turn-around times with a GLE 350 de; Mercedes talks of a 50kW DC public fast charger (of which there are over 1,000 around the UK) delivering a zero-to-80% rapid charge in about 30 minutes. From a wallbox, this car will take 90 minutes for a full charge, while from a conventional power socket, it will require about five hours. What else? Well, we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

Ultimately, the Stuttgart brand builds more SUVs than anyone else and there's a reason why globally, the GLE is the most popular model of that kind that the company makes. It's true that there are sportier, more dynamic models of this kind you could buy. But we're struggling to think of many that offer a better all-round package. Especially in the case of this GLE 350 de plug-in variant. Capable, practical and luxurious, it's our favourite version of the best mainstream large SUV we've yet seen from the Three-Pointed Star - by far. Mercedes is now at last fully credible in this segment.