MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ GLE DIESEL ESTATE GLE 350de 4Matic AMG Line Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelDiesel/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.8s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The second generation Mercedes GLE makes most sense in this four cylinder 2.0-litre diesel/electric 350 de plug-in form. A much larger battery than you'd expect a PHEV model to have means a far longer all-electric driving range than any Plug-in car has previously offered. Sounds promising.

ELECTRIC DREAMS

The Mercedes GLE can be had in a very sensible form indeed. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the 350 de plug-in variant.

Ten Second Review

The second generation Mercedes GLE makes most sense in this four cylinder 2.0-litre diesel/electric 350 de plug-in form. A much larger battery than you'd expect a PHEV model to have means a far longer all-electric driving range than any Plug-in car has previously offered. Sounds promising.

Background

The second generation version of Mercedes' GLE took a big step forward, but it's still a 2.2-tonne leviathan. Could a large SUV like this really ever make sense for someone with one eye on the environment? Someone wanting a combination of performance and low running costs? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, or at least it is in the case of the variant we're looking at here, the clever GLE 350 de PHEV plug-in diesel-/electric model. It specifically takes on plug-in versions of BMW's X5, Porsche's Cayenne and Volvo's XC90, but those are all petrol-powered and they've got nothing like the electric driving range of this Mercedes. Let's take a closer look.

Driving Experience

A little unusually, this is a diesel-based PHEV, using a 194hp version of the ordinary 300d model's 2.0-litre unit. The electrified element is taken care of by a 100kW electric motor able to take the car to a battery-powered top speed of 100mph. This rises to 130mph when the engine joins in, at which point 62mph from rest is achievable in only 6.8s. Of course, pushing on like that isn't going to help this PHEV model's potential NEDC-rated all-electric driving range, rated up at 66 miles thanks to the use of a lithium-ion battery that's one of the biggest we've ever seen in a plug-in model - 31.2kWh in capacity. The transmission here is the same nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox used across the rest of the range, which in the GLE works as seamlessly as it does in the many other Mercedes models in which we've tried it. Change times of that paddleshift auto 'box are one of the things influenced by the standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system - the others being throttle response, steering feedback and suspension feel. This set-up, accessible via a rocker switch on the centre console, doesn't unfortunately provide an auto' or 'adaptive'-style mode to make all the drive set-up decisions for you, but as usual, there is an 'Individual' setting allowing you to programme in your own parameters.

Design and Build

You expect a contender of this kind to make a big pavement statement - and of course this second generation GLE model does, courtesy of its larger dimensions and imposing front end. That's embellished by the twin power domed bonnet flowing down into an upright radiator grille flanked by piercing 'LED High Performance' headlamps. Inside, we're served up an interior that in our view, sets a fresh benchmark for quality and sophistication. Some features are of course familiar from other large Mercedes models - primarily the distinctive widescreen cockpit layout with its twin 12.3-inch virtual displays, which can be activated by the provided 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated functionality. And of course, there's an exemplary standard of fit, finish and materials quality, with a very high-end blend of leather, open-pore wood and aluminium accents. Second row seating is more spacious than was the case with previous GLE models. And there's a third row too, though the pews there are strictly for kids. Out back in a GLE 350de, with all the seats folded, there's up to 1,915-litres of luggage space. Which is only fractionally less than the ordinary models.

Market and Model

You'll need a budget of around £62,000 for a GLE 350 de plug-in. That's for base 'AMG Line' trim. There's also mid-range 'AMG Line Premium' and top 'AMG Line Premium Plus' trim, the latter taking you up toewards the £70,000 mark. All versions come with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed auto gearbox and a 7-seat cabin. Inside, where the upholstery is trimmed with soft nappa leather and the front seats are heated with lumbar support, an interior highlight is the 64-colour ambient lighting system which bathes the cabin with soft, soothing shades at night. You also get THERMOTRONIC climate control, a multi-function leather-stitched sports steering wheel, cruise control with a speed limiter and a reversing camera, Decor touches include anthracite open pore oak wood trim, a dash top stitched with ARTICO man-made leather, AMG floor mats and brushed stainless steel sports pedals. The real cabin talking point though, is the 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia infotainment system, which is controlled by two 12.3-inch screens, one for the instrument cluster and another in the centre of the dash. The 'MBUX' system doesn't give you smartphone-mirroring as standard, but it does include hard-disc Navigation, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, voice activation and a 'Live Traffic Information' feature that's free for the first three years of ownership.

Cost of Ownership

The electrified element of this GLE 350 de model's powertrain is provided by a 100kW electric motor activated by a lithium-ion battery that's one of the biggest we've ever seen in a plug-in model - 31.2kWh in capacity. This promises a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 61.5 miles (NEDC 66 miles) and that facilitates an overall CO2 figure of 29g/km. The NEDC combined cycle fuel reading is 256.8mpg. This would be our variant of choice in the range, provided you don't mind the fact that you'll need a fast charger for really quick plug-in turn-around times with a GLE 350 de; Mercedes talks of a 50kW DC public fast charger (of which there are over 1,000 around the UK) delivering a zero-to-80% rapid charge in about 30 minutes. From a wallbox, this car will take 90 minutes for a full charge, while from a conventional power socket, it will require about five hours. What else? Well, we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

Ultimately, the Stuttgart brand builds more SUVs than anyone else and there's a reason why globally, the GLE is the most popular model of that kind that the company makes. It's true that there are sportier, more dynamic models of this kind you could buy. But we're struggling to think of many that offer a better all-round package. Especially in the case of this GLE 350 de plug-in variant. Capable, practical and luxurious, it's our favourite version of the best mainstream large SUV we've yet seen from the Three-Pointed Star - by far. Mercedes is now at last fully credible in this segment.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Front green tinted glass
  • Privacy glass - heat insulating dark tinted glass

  • Active braking assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Electronic parking brake

  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Agility control suspension with selective damping system and lowering by 15mm

  • Wireless charging system for mobile devices
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Hard-disk navigation

  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Blind spot assist
  • Attention assist
  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Traffic Sign Assist, Traffic sign recognition including wrong way warning function and display of posted speed limits in the instrument cluster

  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
  • Remote boot release
  • ECO start/stop function

  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Outside temperature display
  • Speed limit assist
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Geofencing
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Trim - Centre console, anthracite open pore oak wood trim
  • Dashboard and door, anthracite open pore oak wood trim

  • Diesel particulate filter (DPF)
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • 85 litre fuel tank

  • DAB Digital radio
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
  • Dual bluetooth interface, 2 USB ports (type C)
  • Hard disk navigation with MBUX multimedia system

  • Aerial for GPS
  • Aluminium look, illuminated running boards with rubber studs
  • Radiator grille with integrated star and single louvre in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in polished aluminium
  • Waistline in polished aluminium
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Roof rail system

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Adaptive high beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Multi beam LED headlights

  • Two zone automatic climate control

  • Black fabric roof liner
  • Charging cable for wallbox and public charging stations (mode 3) - 8m, 16A
  • Charging cable for household sock (mode 2) - 8m, 8A
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard with contrast topstitching
  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment and illuminated grab handles
  • 3 spoke AMG multifunction steering wheel with touch control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section
  • Chrome door pins
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console
  • Touchpad
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality

  • Airmatic package - GLE
  • Anti theft Protection package - GLE
  • Mirror package - GLE
  • Parking package with 360 camera - GLE
  • Memory package - GLE

  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Active bonnet
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Airbags - windowbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system and loss warning system
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger, with extended adaptivity for front passenger airbag

  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
  • Second row three seats
  • 4 way lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints and 2 way rear head restraints
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Four way partially front electric seat adjustment
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat

  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Keyless Go starting function

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres with noise reducing absorber

  • 22" AMG 5 twin spoke tremolite grey with high sheen finish light alloy wheels

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 31
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 31.8
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 66
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 87
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 90
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 90
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 90
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 25.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 26.5
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 54
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 2.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 2.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 56

  • CO2 (g/km): 29
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.036
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.041
  • HC+NOx: 0.0441
  • Particles: 0.0008

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 22
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 22
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 22

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1950
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 34.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 40.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 42.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 0.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 313.9

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Premium
  • Coin Description: de 4Matic
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 48E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 78
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 320
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.8
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Power - BHP: 320
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 235
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 275/50 R20

  • Wheelbase: 2995
  • Length: 4924
  • Width: 2010
  • Width (including mirrors): 2157
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1795

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 490
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1915
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.2
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 605
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2655

  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo special metallic paint: £895

  • Towing pack - GLE: £1,150

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685

  • Solid - Black: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895

  • Nappa leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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