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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e

Original MSRP Range
$65,550 - $65,550
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
18 - 18 MPG City / 22 - 22 MPG Hwy
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e

What We Like

Wide powertrain selection; smooth, quiet driving experience; still looks good

What We Don't

Interior showing its age; lacks the pizzazz of rivals; performance could use a boost


Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.2/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e?

The M-Class has been renamed the GLE for 2016. In addition to the new name, the GLE features a slight face-lift, a new plug-in hybrid model and a few new features compared to the outgoing M-Class. See the 2016 Make Model models for sale near you

Which GLE 550e is the Best?

We'd go with the GLE300d or the GLE350. While they may offer lackluster performance, both represent the best value in the segment -- and both tout an impressive array of standard features and a wide selection of reasonably priced options (at least, for a Mercedes-Benz). With that said, drivers who don't need all the GLE's space may instead want to try to fit into the GLC, which offers more affordable pricing and better driving dynamics. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class for sale


How Much Does a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e Cost?

The base-level GLE model is the GLE350, which starts from $52,100. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-in center screen with Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Mercedes' MB-Tex synthetic leather upholstery, anti-lock brakes, a forward-collision warning system, side-curtain airbags and a driver drowsiness monitor. The GLE300d ($53,500) has the same equipment, though it substitutes 18-in wheels for the GLE350's 19-in wheels.

Next up is the GLE400 ($65,600), which adds a backup camera, keyless access with push-button starting, a lane-departure warning system, a navigation system, a blind spot monitor, 20-in alloy wheels, leather upholstery with ventilated front seats and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The GLE550e ($66,600) includes many of the same features, though it loses ventilated front seats.

Topping the range is the high-performance GLE63 AMG ($101,000 for the regular model; $108,100 for the S), which touts adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera system, automated parallel parking, enhanced leather upholstery, a sport exhaust and aluminum shift paddles and pedals.

As for options, GLE models are available with many features that come standard on higher trim levels. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 14-speaker stereo system and massaging front seats.

GLE 550e Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
GLE 4MATIC 4dr GLE 550e$65,550 / $60,962Hybrid43618 / 227-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e Safety

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e a Safe Car?

Although the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has not yet been crash-tested by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highly similar M-Class earned a 5-star overall rating from the firm -- and we think the GLE will get a similar score. It's the same story with the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which has not yet tested the GLE but gave its predecessor, the M-Class, the firm's coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.

As for safety features, the GLE comes standard with anti-lock brakes, a forward-collision warning system, side-curtain airbags, a driver-knee airbag, traction and stability control and a driver drowsiness monitoring system. Options include a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking a blind spot monitor and lane-keep assist.

Rollover Rating

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Liftgate Release
  • Premium Pkg 1


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e vs the competition

2016 Acura MDX -- Although the MDX's Acura badge won't measure up to the three-pointed star in some shoppers' minds, the MDX is a competent, highly capable luxury SUV with reasonable pricing and a reputation for durability.

2016 BMW X5 -- The X5 is the GLE's closest rival. It touts sharper handling and a bolder design, but it leaves behind the GLE's comfortable, relaxed driving experience.

2016 Lexus RX -- The recently redesigned RX offers much bolder styling than the GLE, along with increasingly sporty driving dynamics. It also boasts a long list of technology and a reputation for excellent long-term reliability.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- If you like the GLE but you need more space, you might want to consider the brand's full-size GL-Class luxury SUV, instead. Prices are steep, though, so you may want to check out a used or certified pre-owned model.

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