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Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d 2020 review: snapshot

GLE300d model shown.
The flagship model in the regular (non-AMG) 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE range is the GLE400d.

The flagship model in the regular (non-AMG) 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE range is the GLE400d.

The list price for this range-topping model is $118,142 plus on-road costs, and it is equipped identically to each of the lower-grade variants because the company says its customers want to choose their drivetrain and then customise their model from that point onward.

Therefore, standard equipment includes the company’s MBUX multimedia system with dual 12.3-inch screens, LED lighting with adaptive high beam headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, 360-degree parking camera, colour head-up display, the company’s ‘Artico’ leatherette upholstery with heated front seats, DAB+ digital radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

There are multiple ways to personalise and customise your GLE, but one that’s expected to attract a lot of custom is the “7 Seat Package” which adds third-row seats for people up to 180cm tall, and also incorporates electric second row seat adjustment (tilt and slide) and electric seat folding. The pack is $3900.

The GLE is loaded with the safety technology and equipment you would expect. There’s auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist (with active lane assist - it will merge into the next lane when you indicate), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera with reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, semi-autonomous parking, and driver fatigue detection.

The range-topping diesel is a thumper - a 2.9-litre turbo-diesel six-cylinder with 243kW of power (at 4000rpm) and 700Nm of torque (from 1200-3000rpm). It also has a nine-speed auto and AWD standard. Fuel consumption is claimed at 7.7L/100km.

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Matt Campbell
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