Though the GLE-Class comes in many versions, we think the standard
GLE 350 is the way to go. It lacks the shot of adrenaline offered
by the AMG models, but it's still strong enough to hustle this big
SUV up to speed when needed. Also, we've found that even the
relatively mild AMG GLE 43 has a stiff ride quality that's a little
off-putting. For options, we recommend getting the Premium 1
package to further burnish the GLE's luxury credentials. Also
consider the optional air suspension if ride comfort is a priority
for you. In some ways, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a bit
unusual for a luxury crossover SUV. It's bigger than the typical
compact crossover (think Mercedes' GLC) but lacks a third row of
seats like many rivals offer. Instead, the GLE provides plenty of
room to transport four adults in supreme comfort. And while many
crossovers come in just one version, Mercedes offers four distinct
GLE models. The non-turbocharged V6 under the hood of the base GLE
350 provides enough thrust for everyday driving and is rated to tow
up to an impressive 7,200 pounds. To really get up to speed
quickly, though, check out one of the two performance-focused GLEs.
The turbocharged engines in the AMG GLE 43 and the AMG GLE 63
transform the GLE from a laid-back cruiser to a hard-charging
bruiser. There's also a GLE 550e plug-in hybrid. It offers a paltry
12 miles of electric-only range, but its mix of power and fuel
economy is the best of the GLE lineup. Whichever model you choose,
you'll be impressed by the GLE's beautifully constructed interior.
A wide variety of luxurious leathers, rich trim pieces and
high-quality plastics line every conceivable touch point, making
each variant feel as if it's worth the money. With so many versions
available, there's surely a 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class to match your
needs. Notably, we picked the Mercedes-Benz GLE as one of Edmunds'
Best Used SUVs and Best Used Luxury SUVs for 2018.
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