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Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 2020 review: snapshot

GLE300d model shown.
The mid point in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE range is the petrol-powered GLE450 variant.

The mid point in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE range is the petrol-powered GLE450 variant.

The list price for this mid-spec variant is $111,341 plus on-road costs, and it is equipped identically to both the lower- and higher-grade models, because Benz claims its consumers 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 GLE450 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with 270kW of power (at 5500rpm) and 500Nm (at 1600-4500rpm). It has a nine-speed automatic transmission with AWD, but this version is the only one with mild-hybrid tech, using 48-volt EQ Boost tech to help add 16kW and 250Nm for short stints of added performance (0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds, apparently), and allowing the engine to shut off under light throttle or lift-off situations.

Fuel consumption is claimed at 9.1L/100km.

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Range and Specs

GLE 300 d 4MATIC 2.0L, Diesel $105,700 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-CLASS 2020 GLE 300 d 4MATIC Pricing and Specs
GLE 400 d 4MATIC 2.9L, Diesel $124,400 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-CLASS 2020 GLE 400 d 4MATIC Pricing and Specs
GLE 450 4MATIC (HYBRID) 3.0L, Hyb/PULP $117,400 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-CLASS 2020 GLE 450 4MATIC (HYBRID) Pricing and Specs
GLE450 4MATIC 3.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $117,400 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-CLASS 2020 GLE450 4MATIC Pricing and Specs
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