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Mercedes GLE hybrid performance, top speed & engine

A well integrated hybrid set up means good performance, and the GLE 350 de is very comfortable, too

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Performance, engine & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Hybrid Diesel
0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
6.9s130mphFour316bhp

The Mercedes GLE is a huge car. That can be good when it comes to interior space, but it also means it’s not easy to manoeuvre in most UK car parks, and getting through width restrictions isn’t much fun, either.

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Yet the GLE is really comfortable, because the hybrid model comes with air suspension as standard. This allows you to choose from several settings regarding the softness of the suspension, and gives the GLE a sense of gliding over bumps, especially at high speeds.

The nine-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and works really well, as you’ll barely notice the shifts most of the time. Four-wheel drive is standard, too, so the GLE has some off-road ability, although the street-focused standard tyres might need to be changed if you do want to venture off the tarmac.

Mercedes GLE hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The GLE’s electric motor is eager and the instant shove available from the electric motor means it can feel slightly jumpy initially. Yet it means the GLE is fast, with a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds – quick for a huge SUV like this – and a top speed of 140mph. Thanks to a torque figure of 700Nm, it feels really punchy from low speeds, so getting up to motorway pace on a slip road is easy, even from a crawl.

Handling

The feeling you get from the GLE is that it was designed to be comfortable above all else. It’s not as nimble or fun to drive as a BMW X5 as a result, as it rolls more in corners and pushes into understeer if you drive it too hard. The steering is well weighted but a little vague.

The suspension does a great job of ironing out bumps in country roads, though, so it’s relaxed and composed on these roads. It excels at low-speed stuff, when the electric motor is running and it glides along in near-silence.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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