2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. Its Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will get compared most often to rivals from BMW or Audi.

The new Q7 features more room in a bigger package, although without the same performance versions as found on the Mercedes.

BMW's X5 and X6 more closely align to the GLE-Class and can be had with similar powertrains, although BMW still manages to offer a turbodiesel—that we prefer.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is considerably less than the GLE Class and offers more off-road capability, if that's what buyers are interested in.

The Acura MDX isn't as daring as the Mercedes, but comes with slightly better fuel economy outside of the hybrid version.

The Lexus RX 350 has a style all its own and we suspect that some buyers will be turned off by the polarizing angular look.

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Quick Specs
7.7
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class pared down its powertrains to gas only or a plug-in hybrid, although it still has plenty of stops in between for luxury buyers.
7.5
The 2017 Acura MDX is one of the best-driving, most technologically advanced three-row luxury crossovers, and a new Sport Hybrid model and active suspension should only add to that reputation.
8.0
The 2017 Audi Q7 gets a rakish new sport-wagon look, a finely detailed, tech-savvy interior, and serious chassis advancements underneath—including a dramatic weight loss, available rear-wheel steering, and a plug-in hybrid version.
7.2
The 2017 BMW X5 boasts a solid set of powertrains and features that move the sedan toward the top of any list of luxury SUVs.
7.7
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a benchmark SUV; it's a luxury vehicle, a talented off-roader, a scalding-hot track runner, and a family wagon extraordinaire.
MSRP From    
$52,000$44,050$49,000$56,600$30,395
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
GLE 350 SUVFWD2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57755
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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