Mercedes GLE review: Finally better than the BMW X5?

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GLE sits between the GLC and GLS

in 's SUV variety. The concern is, should you pick it over its smaller or bigger sibling? And does it use enough to sway you away from competitors like the BMW X5 or Audi Q7? Well for starters, let's take a look at the style. On the outside, the is still fairly comparable to the previous automobile, but with a couple of essential changes. Around the back there's a set of new taillights, and along the side there are some new alloy wheel designs to select from. Up front, it's more of the same, although you'll discover an upgraded grille flanked by a set of brand-new headlights and daytime running lights. Step inside and you'll discover even more similarities to the old cars and truck.

One of the crucial updates is the guiding wheel, which now comes geared up with a load of touch sensitive buttons. But to be honest, we think they're a bit fiddly to use, and if anything we 'd rather have the old wheel back! Otherwise though the design is pretty great, and there are soft touch materials throughout the majority of the cabin- just don't reach down too low if you're afraid of scratchy plastics! When it concerns engine options, there are a load to select from. We have actually got our hands on the plug-in hybrid edition, which comes geared up with a 2-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which combine to produce 380hp. There are 2 diesels to select from, with the range-topper being a 3-litre straight-six that provides 390hp, and finally there are a couple of fuel alternatives to select from, with the range-topper of course being the AMG 63, which features a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 that puts down 634hp. Here's the important things though, the GLE isn't inexpensive! It begins with around ₤ 78,000, and if you're looking for the plug-in hybrid like we have here, that'll set you back around ₤ 93,000! So is it worth it? You'll require to stick to Mat and see for yourself! Chapters 00:00 Intro 00:26 Style 01:20 Cost 02:10 Interior 04:30 Rear seats 06:46 Boot 07:34 5 Annoying Things 10:07 5 Advantages 12:47 Engines 13:56 Town

Driving 16:30 Freeway Driving 18:53 Country Road Driving 20:21 0-60mph 21:09 Decision Mat's GLE
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59 responses to “Mercedes GLE review: Finally better than the BMW X5?”

  1. carwow Avatar

    Mercedes GLE v BMW X5: Which is best? VOTE below!

    1. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: Mercedes GLE!

    2. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: BMW X5!

    3. Allen Mandikutse Avatar
      Allen Mandikutse

      Gle 63

    4. Abolaji Adanikin Avatar
      Abolaji Adanikin


    5. reddaf aymenn Reddaf aymenn Avatar
      reddaf aymenn Reddaf aymenn

      X5M for LIFE


    You’re Mat Watson and I’m watching carwow, all the way from South Africa🇿🇦

    1. Lexego Ramaje Avatar
      Lexego Ramaje

      Do you guys really have to drop flags in every comment section vele?😂

    2. NEOJR.27 Avatar

      Plzz tell mat to come review the e30 333i

    3. EnviWolf909_YT Avatar

      Yes my brother. 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦

    4. Bruce Lee Avatar
      Bruce Lee

      ​@Lexego Ramajewhy, yes, yes we do 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦

  3. Alfie Rawlings Avatar
    Alfie Rawlings

    They are a nice looking car but I’d rather a X5

  4. fukuoka33 Avatar

    These “restyled” cars are the best purchase you can do, they improved and solved any youth small issue, they incorporate latest engines and performance key parts, and you get updated interior as well, with latest seats. Safest way to buy a generation of a car.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      GLE63 has around 400bhp.

    2. Berjerk Avatar

      Are you still living in the last century ?

    3. Jakrabat Avatar

      Or they found ways to cheap out and make more money 🙃🤷🏼‍♂️

    4. Fergus Young Avatar
      Fergus Young

      @Jakrabat ya, this is reality, make the first version as decent as possible then “facelift” it and cut back on quality on some places. and the early reviews of the pre-fl car will float the sales of the updated version

  5. FUKU Avatar

    i bet all those changes are related to cost saving and maximising profits 😂

    1. Ravenheart Avatar

      It is
      In fact see Mercs back until 2013 and see how their quality dropped dramatcally since then because of C*cough*hi*n*cough*a

    2. Juris Sorokins Avatar
      Juris Sorokins

      this car is a total rip-off. not the mercedes that used to be. still it will sell well in the US and other foreign markets

  6. Cian Brennan Avatar
    Cian Brennan

    Just saying about the steering wheel, I have a e class coupe with the same wheel and you DO get used to it and it’s not annoying at all

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      The GLE 63 for me is as heavy as even Legacy B4 Blitzen.

    2. Ray Han Avatar
      Ray Han

      @Purwanti Allan Legacy B4 Blitzen weigh 3285 lbs while GLE 63 weigh 5456 lbs. The GLE 63 is far heavier

  7. Nico Schurr Avatar
    Nico Schurr

    The delay on the fuel flap (and the reason you have to use the button) is because the tank is pressurised and not vented like a normal tank. It needs to vent before you can open the cap. This reduces hydrocarbons evaporating from your fuel which reduces emissions and your fuel keeps its quality longer. Also the wood is actually real veneer

    1. ɹǝɥɔɐod ǝɹᴉɥsuloɔuᴉl Avatar
      ɹǝɥɔɐod ǝɹᴉɥsuloɔuᴉl

      Wood is not desired anyway because it splinters in a crash. I wish these journalists would point out these things.

    2. H Beer Avatar
      H Beer

      ​@ɹǝɥɔɐod ǝɹᴉɥsuloɔuᴉlI think splinters are the last thing you would be worrying about in a crash. 😂

    3. phixion Avatar

      @H Beer Depends how big the splinter is…

  8. Nick Loong Avatar
    Nick Loong

    This is one tank like of an SUV. I saw a photo of this vehicle in an article where it saved a mother and her child from a huge falling tree accident during a freak thunderstorm the other day. The vehicle actually took the whole brute force of the impact directly on its roof, and the survivors got to crawl out from the rear shattered window with only minor injuries. What a tough SUV!👍

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      It also weighed more than even RUF CTR2.

  9. Lambo Avatar

    We spent awhile looking at EV and Hybrid. We chose hybrid as having option for petrol for long trips just made sense. It’s 100% the way to go to have the flexibility. Decided hybrid and narrowed to X5 and GLE hybrid. They are the clear top IMO as you really need 50-60 miles EV to make it make sense. Went MB as we couldn’t find a BMW spec we liked as choices are slim ATM. I disagree most won’t charge it as the car comes with a standard charger and only takes 3 hours. No fast charger install needed. Super easy and convenient to simply plug in at night vs. going to a gas station. We have averaged 58 miles in our GLE 450e in EV so if your daily commute is around 60 miles you can’t go wrong with it. $2.50 EV vs. $15 in gas where we are per day. We are saving around $300/mo in fuel differential but more
    Importantly is just the convenience of simple plug in at night but still having gas engine for longer commutes.

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    2. orchomenos Avatar

      Most trips people drive on electric in a Hybrid are to or from work, for which charging overnight and/or at work is enough and 3 hours in fast enough.

    3. phixion Avatar

      @orchomenos Yep, been on 100% electric since 2021 and it’s been great. People overestimate their mileage and don’t realise you can charge at home for 9p per kWh.

    4. Drew Batkin Avatar
      Drew Batkin

      I went X545e. Since late 2020 about 2/3 of my miles are electric (only because of the 1 per month road trip lately). Still often go months without refilling the tank.

    5. MediocreMan Avatar

      He meant most won’t charge it on the road.

  10. Preston P. Avatar
    Preston P.

    Great to see the stick of truth back in these reviews. That is the truth Mat. 😉

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  11. InfoHubZA Avatar

    Now that the updated GLE and X5 are out, you should do a comparative test between the two.

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  12. Friznutz Avatar

    I wonder if the motor will wear quicker since you would only use it when you need more power; it wouldn’t be heated up so you are essentially running a cold started engine at high loads.

    1. Marcus SW Avatar
      Marcus SW

      Engine parts are thougher in the hybrid versions!🙌

    2. Vic Cao Avatar
      Vic Cao

      @Marcus SWwhere did you get this from? I really don’t think they are and engine toughness doesn’t matter if you are over revving a cold engine

    3. Mauri Pekkarinen Avatar
      Mauri Pekkarinen

      Phevs do tend to wear their engines faster.

    4. Deesknees Avatar

      Wouldn’t most hybrids start the ICE when the ICE is cold? The hybrid I drove always ran the ICE at first start when the car’s been switched off for a while..

    5. Captain_Coleslaw Avatar

      True, if you rag on it when cold, it wont last. But if you drive normally, its no issue at all…

  13. Em OG Avatar
    Em OG

    Great review! I think i still prefer the looks of the x5 it’s much more aggressive Can you get heated seats for the rear?

    1. Akaki Peikrishvili Avatar
      Akaki Peikrishvili

      I believe you can get heated seats on the rear but no ventilation seats for the rear.

    2. Whiponized Avatar

      you can’t

    3. Fauzan Sahi Avatar
      Fauzan Sahi

      @Whiponized Yes you can

  14. MTB MAN Avatar

    Matt is never boring to watch, Cheers car wow!

  15. N Avatar

    Its unfortunate that they don’t change the appearance at all. You pay some good money to buy a brand new one and everyone thinks you have the one from 2015.

  16. varudds Avatar

    Good that you test the acceleration but it would be even better if you also tested the deceleration which is more important in my opinion

  17. leka pö Avatar
    leka pö

    Not using cars fast charging facility if you have one on longer trips is madness to me, as it is fast enough to make actual difference even on coffee breaks. Have Volvo V60 and XC90, both T8 or plug-in hybrids, and it’s quite frustrating when half an hour gives you only something like 6km of range. Otherwise like them a lot.

  18. 💘TAP BELOW👇 Avatar

    What many people do not know about GLEs is their excellent off road capabilities, even though many clients will not take such a 22 inch wheels shiny car out of the road, these GLEs can talk face to face to any Land Cruiser, G class or Range Rover, or even surpass them.

    1. Rivorian Avatar

      Is it a body on frame? No! This is were your statement becomes poor. A GLE can never beat Land Cruiser nor G-class, nor Wrangler nor Bronco etc body on frame 4x4s.

  19. Sulei Avatar

    i’ve been the second owner of my grandpa’s ’22 GLE350. got about 3-4k miles on it myself and i’m glad to see the facelift’s still pretty much as good as it used to be, although im not a fan of the new steering wheel touch controls and such. however, its good that they fixed stuff like the gas/brake tuning because thats one of the biggest downside of the pre-facelift imo

  20. Brandon Darnes Avatar
    Brandon Darnes

    I’ve never had an issue with the touch sensitive steering wheel controls. They work well and i’ve never accidentally hit them while turning the wheel. The facelift GLE/GLS are fantastic. MUCH more solid than the pre facelift

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