2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE400 4MATIC

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The modern, high-tech replacement for Mercedes-Benz’ long-running ML-class SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLE400 is a luxurious and upmarket SUV that adds significant sportiness over its predecessor. Offering standard all-wheel drive and a strong twin-turbo V6, the volume-selling GLE400 4Matic is a worthy competitor to the BMW X5 and X6. For 2016, Mercedes-Benz will also sell the GLE-class with a variety of diesel and hybrid powertrains including the GLE550e 4Matic plug-in hybrid, which will go up against new electrified models from Audi, Volvo and even Tesla. There will also be a high-powered GLE63 AMG version.

With its gasoline twin-turbo V6 making 329 horsepower, the palladium silver 2016 GLE Mercedes-Benz 400 4Matic we tested felt refined and had plenty of thrust to keep up with traffic, though it’s not the kind of sports CUV that goads you into taking the long way home just to clip a few apexes on the canyon road. If you’re taking the long way home in the GLE400, it’s probably because you got carried away listening to a podcast on this luxury SUV’s fine stereo.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class definitely excels in terms of luxury trimmings and creature comforts; the seats are even more plush than those of the ML-Class were, and the ride with the air suspension is pillow-soft, isolating you from all but the most obtrusive variations in road surface. The dash and controls are elegant and look nice, even if they aren’t the most intuitive to use. The GLE400 comes with many high-tech driver assist features, including lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and a bird’s eye 360-degree camera, helpful when backing the SUV out of compact spaces in the Whole Foods Market parking lot.

While most GLE400 buyers will likely not take their utes off-roading, the Mercedes does, like its predecessor, offer an optional Off-Road Engineered package, giving it a differential lock, underbody cladding and the ability to raise the self-leveling suspension.

Warranty/Service: New Vehicle Limited Warranty, covering defects in material or workmanship for 48-months or 50,000 miles, Service and Repair for 10,000 miles or 100,000 miles, and Premier Pre-Paid Maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $64,600

As Tested: $64,600

  • 18 / 22 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6 sec
  • 0-60
  • 329 hp @ 5,250-6,000 rpm
  • Horsepower
  • 155 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.0-liter biturbo gasoline V6
  • Horsepower: 329 hp @ 5,250-6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 354 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic
  • Wheelbase: 114.8 in
  • Length: 189.1 in
  • Width: 84.3 in
  • Height: 70.7 in
  • Turning circle: 38.7 ft
  • Brakes: Adaptive braking technology
  • Suspension: AGILITY CONTROL suspension
  • Traction: 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS)
  • 0-60 mph: 6 sec
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
  • EPA City: 18 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 22 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 17.4 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: ATTENTION ASSIST detects signs of drowsiness on long trips, Radar-based technology alerts you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead, An advanced system of 9 air bags offers 11-way occupant protection.

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