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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
18 MPG City / 22--23 MPG Hwy
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

What We Like

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

What We Don't

Interior showing its age; some rivals have a little more flair


Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.2/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350?

The AMG GLE 43 receives a boost in power from last year's 362 horsepower up to 385 hp. And there are some extra wood trim options for the GLE 63/63 S. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class models for sale near you

Which GLE 350 is the Best?

Buyers of luxury vehicles can usually get what they want, but the regular GLE350 with the Premium 1 package and extra safety equipment would work well. The extra thrust of the GLE43 is tempting, though. Try to stretch to the air suspension, since the greater range of comfort and control over the standard suspension is something that becomes more appreciated over time.

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How Much Does a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Cost?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV comes differently equipped according to the drivetrain.

The GLE 350 ($53,195) has 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery (much better than it sounds), driver's-seat memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power lift gate, roof rails, self-dimming rearview and driver's-side mirrors, an 8-in center screen with Mercedes-Benz's proprietary Comand infotainment system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, an 8-speaker audio setup, HD Radio, a USB port, forward-collision mitigation, side curtain airbags, Crosswind Assist and a driver-drowsiness monitor.

Options are often bundled together. The Premium 1 package offers keyless entry/ignition, navigation, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, upgraded Harman Kardon audio, a 115-volt power outlet, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.

The Premium 2 builds on the Premium 1 with LED lighting inside and out, active high beams, heated/cooled cupholders, a rear center armrest pass-through hatch and sunshades for the rear side windows.

The Premium 3 includes all the advanced safety equipment, such as adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, a 360-degree camera system, cross-traffic assist and a self-parking feature.

The GLE 550e 4Matic ($67,695 before any federal and state incentives) has the Premium 1 package as standard, along with leather upholstery and 19-in alloy wheels.

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 ($68,745) has an adaptive air suspension, 20-in alloy wheels, a sport exhaust and a powered sunroof.

The high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 ($103,545 for the regular model; $110,695 for the S) adds front and rear parking sensors, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera system, automated parallel parking, enhanced leather upholstery and aluminum shift paddles and pedals.

Many features that come standard in higher trim levels are available as options in lower models. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system and massaging front seats.

Cargo space is 38.2 cu ft. behind the rear seats and 80.3 cu ft. when they're folded down. That applies to the plug-in hybrid as well.

GLE 350 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
GLE-Class GLE 350 4MATIC SUV$54,700 / $50,8716 Cylinder30218 / 227-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
GLE-Class GLE 350 SUV$52,200 / $48,5466 Cylinder30218 / 237-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 a Safe Car?

The GLE comes standard with antilock brakes, a forward-collision warning system, side curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag, traction and stability control, Crosswind Assist and driver drowsiness monitoring. Options include a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.

Although the GLE has not yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the virtually identical (for these purposes) M-Class earned a 5-star overall rating; the GLE should achieve a similar score.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the GLE its Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Rollover Rating
5 Year Cost to Own

$65,554 ($0.87 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

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
  • designo Porcelain/Black Leather Pkg
  • designo Espresso Brown Leather Pkg
  • Premium Pkg 1
  • Premium Pkg 2
  • AMG Line Exterior Pkg
  • AMG Line Interior Pkg
  • Parking Assist Pkg
  • Premium Pkg 3
  • Night Pkg
  • Suspension Pkg
  • Chrome Pkg


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs the competition

2018 Acura MDX -- Although the Acura badge won't measure up to the 3-pointed star in some people's minds, the MDX is a highly capable luxury SUV with reasonable pricing and a reputation for durability.

2018 BMW X5 -- The GLE's closest rival, with sharper handling and a bolder design. But not the GLE's comfortable, relaxed driving experience.

2018 Lexus RX -- Offers much more distinctive styling than the GLE and driving dynamics that might be considered sporty compared with those of older generations. It also has a long list of technology features and a reputation for excellent long-term reliability.

2018 Volvo XC90 -- Handsome and luxurious, the XC90 doesn't have any sporty variants, but there is a plug-in hybrid.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- For extra space, consider the full-size GL-Class luxury SUV. Prices are more affordable as a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) model.

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