2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. Its Competition

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was ahead of its time, the first SUV from a full-on luxury brand.

Since then, the competition has caught up, and there are now a lot of models that follow in that pioneering path.

The Lexus RX stands alone as a purely on-road competitor, with excellent comfort in a tall wagon form.

The BMW X5 drives and handles well, but ride quality doesn't always feel quite up to snuff.

The Audi Q7 is handsome, large and offers a third row of seats.

The Acura MDX was redesigned for 2014, and continues to offer excellent driving dynamics and a versatile and spacious interior.

Finally, there's the Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs less than the M-Class, but makes very few sacrifices behind the wheel.

The M-Class keeps the edge on active safety features against most of the competition, though.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
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Quick Specs
The M-Class gets a new lease on luxury-crossover life as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class—and it's joined by a swoopy new Coupe variant.
The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear.
The benchmark of mid-size luxury SUVs, the 2016 BMW X5 offers handsome looks, a choice of powertrains, an abundance of tech features, sporty on-road dynamics, and even some off-road capability.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
Standard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WD
Style Name   
RWD 4-Door GLE 350FWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive35iRWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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