2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

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2018 MODEL

$52,200 - $54,700

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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 mesmerizes yet again and takes every inch of the bold SUV to a wider acclaim and even bolder footprint garnished by the pleasing symbol of luxury at the center. The new GLE 350 looks elegant yet athletic and is fluffed with an extensive list of luxury features.

The GLE 350 comes with lavish starting price tag of $52,200 and goes till $54,700 for the more athletic 4Matic version. The price tag might be on the higher side in comparison to the rivals, but its unmatched luxury and the 3.5L V6 with 7-speed automatic transmission under the hood topped with reliable Mercedes brand name makes it a tough competitor in the respective segment.

The Mercedes GLE 350 competes with Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350, and Cadillac TX5. It is not much athletic like its rivals.


8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The GLE 350 comes with lavish starting price tag of $52,200 and goes till $54,700 for the more athletic 4Matic version. The price tag might be on the higher side in comparison to the rivals, but its unmatched luxury and the 3.5L V6 with 7-speed automatic transmission under the hood topped with reliable Mercedes brand name makes it a tough competitor in the respective segment.

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Mercedes GLE 350 is a full-size SUV available in two versions suiting individual needs – an RWD GLE 350 and an AWD 4Matic version. However, at the heart of both the versions is a 3.5L 24 Valve DOHC V6 Engine mated to a 7G-Tronic 7-Speed automatic transmission. The latter being a naturally aspirated unit still manages to juice up this grand SUV with decent performance on offer.

Trims GLE 350 GLE 350 4Matic
MSRP $52,200 $54,700
Features

19-inch alloy wheels

Features of GLE 350 Plus:

All-Wheel Drive System

 

Automatic wipers

 
  Sunroof  
  Power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, and a power liftgate  
  Dual-zone automatic climate control  
  Power-adjustable steering wheel  
  Heated front seats  
  10-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment and memory functions), simulated leather upholstery  
  Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface (with an 8-inch display)  
  Eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and two USB ports.  
  Rearview camera  
  A forward collision warning system  
  Mercedes Mbrace telematics system.  

It also offers a wide array of add-on packages upgrading the humble SUV right from cosmetic looks to the addition of gizmos and gadgets. Buyers can select from the plethora of options to make a distinctive GLE 350 suiting to their likes and budget.

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The base GLE 350 lacks some premium features which can be mitigated by opting for ‘Premium Package 1’ adding some practical and usable features like Apple car play and android auto, COMMAND navigation with 3 years subscription, blind spot assist etc.

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Engine

8.0/10

"Performance runs from bright to wicked. The base GLE 350 sports a 302-horsepower V-6 and a 7-speed automatic with more than adequate responsiveness." - Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The naturally aspirated 3.5L 24 Valve V6 coupled with the 7G-Tronic 7-Speed automatic box does the power duties for this spectacular sized SUV. The performance figures of 302 HP and 274 lb-ft of torque might not be class leading but are adequate enough to deliver a decent surge of acceleration.

The above combination is further available in RWD as well as AWD 4Matic version for filling up the generic and off-roading appetite both. The 7-Speed transmission is also topped with paddle shifters allowing the rider to manually lead the ratios which makes up for a sporty endure.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
MSRP $52,200 $44,200 $43,270 $40,595
Engine 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6 3.5L 24V SOHC i-VTEC V6 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V VVT 3.6L V6 direct-injection
Transmission 7-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-speed automatic
Power 302 hp 290 hp 295 hp 310 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft. 267 lb-ft. 267 lb-ft. 271 lb-ft.

Comparing with the rivals, the Acura MDX, the Lexus RX 359 and the Cadillac TX5 all the three offer close performance figures at a decent discount of the price. The Cadillac leads the GLE 350 in the power department.

Acceleration

The 2018 GLE 350 is not the quickest amongst the rivals, in fact, it takes 7.5 sec for a 0-60 MPH sprint making it the slowest in comparison to the competition. The Acura MDX being the least powered is surprisingly the most prompt at just 6.2 seconds followed by the Cadillac TX5 at 6.5 seconds. Lexus RX 350 at 6.8 seconds manages to lead the 2018 GLE 350 by a small margin.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
0-60 MPH 7.5 sec 6.2 sec 6.8 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 16.6 sec 14.7 sec 15.1 sec 15.1 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.5L 3.5L 3.6L

The specs are akin in respect to quarter-mile chase too where the GLE 350 takes the longest 16.6 seconds. The Acura MDX at 14.7 again leads the league where the Lexus RX 350 and Cadillac TX5 share the podium with a clock time of 15.1 seconds for the quarter mile.

Handling and Steering

The 2018 GLE equipped with DYNAMIC SELECT offers various drive modes viz. Individual, Comfort, Slippery, and Sport. At a mere selection of any one of the modes, there is set of tune which is not limited to powertrain but extends to steering and suspension as well for delivering best traction and ultimately planted handling capabilities even in extreme conditions.

Braking

The 2018 GLE 350 with 13” discs at the front and 12.8” at rear mingled with ABS technology can bring this captivating machine to a standstill within 130 feet of distance.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
Brake Front(in) 13.0 12.6 13.3 13.6
Brake Rear(in) 12.8 13.0 12.9 12.4
Curb weight(lbs) 4650 4001 4222 3985
60-0 MPH (ft.) 130 121 123 128

The Acura MDX is the quickest in decelerating from 60-0 (121 feet). The Lexus RX 350 which is a bit heavier manages a decent figure of 123 feet and Cadillac TX5 travels 128 feet to a standstill which is on a higher side even after being lightest of the bunch.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Fuel Economy

6.6/10

The 2018 GLE 350 with its hulk like curb weight of 4560 lbs churns out 18 MPG in city driving conditions, which climbs up a bit to 23 MPG on a highway drive. The combined fuel economy accounts for 20 MPG are the shallowest figure amongst the rivals.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
MPG (city) 18 19 20 26
MPG (highway) 23 27 27 19
MPG (combined) 20 22 23 22

The Lexus RX 350, however, takes the lead in this department with an impressive 27 MPG (highway), 20 MPG (City) and combined economy of 23 MPG. Wherein Acura MDX and Cadillac TX5 shows swap figures of city and highway run in a gallon and parallel combined economy of 22 MPG.

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Interior

8.1/10

"The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has an extremely well-built interior. The cabin looks stylish, and every surface features high-quality materials like leather, wood, or carbon fiber. Both rows of seats are comfortable and roomy enough to accommodate adults." - Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The front seats of the 2018 GLE 350 are softly contoured and provide ample support for long highway cruise. The driver seat is 10-way power adjustable including 4-way power lumbar adjustments and memory functionality provides comfortable driving positions effortlessly.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
Passenger capacity 5 7 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 108.6 132.7 121.36 104.5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.4/58.5/40.3 38.1/61.1/41.4 39.4/57.8/44.1 38.4/58.3/41.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.5/58.4/38.4 38.3/59.1/38.5 39.1/57.6/38 36.0/56.2/39.5

However, on the flipside, the rear seats are suitable only for two due to the center armrest which might make the third passenger uncomfortable during long journeys.

Interior Features

Here is a list of the standout features in the 2018 Audi Q3’s cabin:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment and memory functions), simulated leather upholstery
  • Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface (with an 8-inch display)
  • Eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and two USB ports.
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic wipers
  • Mercedes' Mbrace telematics system.

Infotainment

The infotainment looks futuristic at first sight but is very intuitive to use. The COMMAND controller interface is a boon for the driver for navigating through various options of the infotainment but it takes a while to master it.

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • Eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and two USB ports.
  • 8-inch heads-up display
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • Radio
  • CD Player

Cargo Capacity

The 2018 GLE 350 offers ample cargo space for day to day and even long trips. The power tailgate is standard and the practical layout of rear seats which lay down almost flat facilitates for a nice even cargo floor.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
Behind 2nd row (ft.cube) 38.2 43.4 18.4 30.0
Behind 1st row (ft.cube) 80.3 90.9 56.3 63.0

The GLE 350 trails just behind the Acura MDX in terms of space availability and the Lexus RX 350 and the Cadillac TX5 don’t even stand close to the GLE in cargo capacity.

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Exterior

8.0/10

"A styling update two years ago softened some of the GLE's boxy lines, but the 2018 GLE exterior remains tough yet handsome."- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 GLE 350 experienced minuscule changes on the exterior front retaining the similar dimensions from the previous iteration and still remains the widest SUV (84.3 inches) in comparison to its rivals.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Cadillac TX5 (Standard)
Curb weight(lbs) 4650 4001 4222 3985
Length(in) 189.1 196.2 192.5 189.5
Width(in) 84.3 77.8 74.6 75.0
Height(in) 70.7 67.4 67.7 66.0
Ground clearance(in) 6.7 5.6 8.2 7.8
Wheelbase(in) 114.8 111 109.8 112.5
Track width(in) F/R 64.9/65.5 66.3/66.3 64.4/64 64.4/64.4

The GLE 350 is 3 inches taller from the Lexus RX 350 and leads the rivals with the longest wheelbase of 114.8 inches resulting in the least front and rear overhang. The Cadillac TX5 trails just behind the GLE 350 with a wheelbase of 112.5 inches followed by Acura MDX (111 inches) and Lexus RX 350 being the endmost at 109.8 inches.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • LED DRLs and tail lights with bi-Xenon projector headlamps
  • LED turn indicators on ORVM
  • Xenon HIDs in Premium
  • Auto-dimming driver-side and inside rearview mirrors
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with various options to choose
  • Brushed aluminum finished roof rails

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Safety

8.1/10

IIHS gave 2018 Mercedes GLE 350 their maximum rating of ‘Good’ in all their crash tests. The headlights, however, got a rating of ‘Marginal’.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings
Small Overlap front Driver side Good
Small Overlap front Passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Frontal crash prevention Superior
Headlights Good
LATCH Acceptable

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2018 Mercedes GLE 350 5 out of 5 stars overall.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Ratings (Out of 5 stars)
Overall 5 stars
Overall Frontal 4 stars
Front Driver Side 4 stars
Front Passenger Side 5 stars
Overall Side 5 stars
Side Barrier 5 stars
Overall Side Pole 5 stars
Rollover 4 stars

The 2018 Mercedes GLE 350 adds a wide range of standard safety features including:

  • Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 10 air bags
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • 3-point rear outboard safety belts
  • LATCH System
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety
  • Back-Up Camera

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Competition

Acura MDX (Standard) Vs Mercedes Benz GLE 350

The Acura MDX is the quickest, have highest fuel economy and biggest cargo space. It also excels in braking and is available at a much lower price than 2018 GLE 350.

The lightweight construction coupled with decently powerful engine delivers a smooth ride and composed handling. With it's below average price tag, it is one of the most value for money product on offer. However, its crossover-like looks, narrow third-row seats, and clunky transmission might not appeal to all.

Lexus RX 350 Vs Mercedes Benz GLE 350

The Lexus RX 50 with sharp styling and sturdy performance figures is almost a grand cheaper than the GLE 350 on offer making it an arched rival among the competitors. The inclusion of a huge standard feature list and decent fuel economy figure also brings some odds with it.

First being the non-sporty ride character and the other being dated multimedia with the unavailability of apple car play/android auto even on the optional list might be a deal breaker. For those longing for a perfect medley of luxury and power, the 2018 GLE might be a better pick.

Cadillac TX5 (Standard) Vs Mercedes Benz GLE 350

The Cadillac TX5 is the cheapest offering in the SUV segment yet the most powerful of the bunch. It carries itself with the iconic Cadillac character with distinctive exterior styling. On top of that, The Cadillac gets a hefty $11,605 price difference than the 2018 GLE 350 with quite a lot to offer at such a competitive price point.

The overall package that Cadillac offers is quite humble with upscale interiors and wide features on the list. However, interiors as a whole when felt individually appear unfocused and lacks the luxury character.

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Final Verdict

When luxury, power, and recognition leads to priority, the GLE 350 with its mature heritage of Mercedes branding has always been a head turner. The cohesive offering of performance with unmatched premium features and with the availability of ample options of additional customization, the GLE 350 becomes a bright unequivocal pick.

On the contrary, with its steep price tag and not so good fuel economy figures it open gates for consideration of other rivalry options on offer at a very humble price point with an almost similar feature list.

 

Pros

Beautifully constructed luxurious interiors

Composed and quiet ride

DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes

Cons

Big size yet a 5-seater

Average fuel economy

Hefty price tag

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

329 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

354 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

189.1 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

4650 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

38.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

6600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

30/20/23 mpg

highway range

425.5 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 in Polar White color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 in Black color
Polar White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.1

Comfort

9.3

Driving

7.9

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 GLE 350

GLE 350

power
302 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$52,200 - $54,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GLE 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $52,200 MSRP (30/20/23) 329 hp @ 5250 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Black
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  Iridium Silver Metallic
  Obsidian Black Metallic
  Polar White
GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $54,700 MSRP (26/19/23) 302 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  Iridium Silver Metallic
  Obsidian Black Metallic
  Polar White

 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 base

base

power
302 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
N/A
mpg
19 combined

$54,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Base 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $54,700 MSRP (18/19/22) 302 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6,
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  Iridium Silver Metallic
  Obsidian Black Metallic
  Polar White