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For decades now, Mercedes-Benz has been affiliated with luxury. But it has also come to be about affordability and practicality in addition to all the cool mechanical specs and nifty creature comforts. The lower trim levels are often pretty affordable, although the AMG variants drive the cost up quite a bit.
So, what does the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE have that drivers will love? To condense that answer: A lot. But drivers needs specifics. What makes the driver performance good? Does anything hinder it? What about fuel economy? Can a luxury vehicle like this produce good gas mileage?
The truth is, the 2020 redesign corrected a lot of things that were not working in the GLE's favor in previous model years. The E-Active Body Control system that comes on the GLE 450 4MATIC is truly innovative. It will help the body lean through turns much like what happens on a motorcycle. Other vehicles don't have this feature, even the lower trims. It is exclusive and might justify spending more money.
Even if you don't upgrade to the higher trims, a lot of things come standard across the line-up, such as the MBUX infotainment center, which has been revamped for the new generation. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is going to be a segment leader this model year, and here are more details as to why that is the case.
What's New For 2020?
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is totally revamped for the model year, marking the introduction of its second generation. The E-Active Body Control suspension system that comes on the 450 4MATIC is new and totally unique. More infotainment features are driver aids have been standardized as well, which is a smart move on MB's part.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE comes as a mid-size luxury SUV.
There are three trim levels to choose from on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: the GLE 350, the 350 4MATIC, and the 450 4MATIC. You can get AMG styling packages added on for high-end, sporty style. There are also the MBUX Technology package, Premium package, Driver Assist package, and Energizing Plus package.
The 350 and 350 4MATIC are powered by a 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine that musters up a decent 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The 4MATIC just means you get all-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive, and it does come at an extra cost. Other than having a different drivetrain, the 350 models are virtually the same.
So, what do these trims both have, features-wise? They come with LED headlights and a power liftgate for easy access to the cargo area. They also have automatic windshield wipers, a sunroof, power-folding side mirrors, and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep occupants feeling cozy in all climate conditions. Keyless entry and ignition makes getting into or starting the vehicle from a distance simple. There is also an automated parking feature that helps get the GLE in and out of tight parking spaces.
On the tech front, the MBUX system is standard and is one of the best systems on the market right now. The 12.3-inch touchscreen display shows crystal clear graphics and has an interface that is easy to use. Navigation comes built in, and you also get HD Radio, five USB-C ports, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone operation, and smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Of course, safety features are important, and Mercedes includes a ton of them as standard on the GLE. You get forward collision warning with a mitigation aid, blind spot monitoring, an emergency communication system, passenger exit alert, and drowsy driver monitoring.
If you opt for the third-row variant, you will get two extra USB ports for third-row passengers to use.
The 450 4MATIC comes with all of those features but equips a more powerful engine. This trim is powered by a 3.0-L inline-6 engine that puts forth 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. 21 hp can be added to that when the 48-volt EQ Boost electrical system kicks into gear. Of course, the E-Active Body Control suspension is going to be the most attractive mechanical feature on this trim level since it makes handling feel secure and effortless.
Driving the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is exciting, even on the base trim's 4-cylinder engine. There is plenty of outright thrust when you push down on the accelerator. In fact, you can get the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.1 seconds, which is decent for this segment. The brakes are solid and predictable, and the steering feels accurate despite the lightness you will feel while holding the wheel. The only downfall is that the transmission has some rough, abrupt shifts that are not characteristic of a luxury vehicle.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE has an EPA rating of 22 mpg combined on the 350 4MATIC. For this class, that is an average number. The 450 4MATIC only drops down to 21 mpg combined while managing to put out an extra 100 hp - a very good showing. And real-world tests reflect the seeming accuracy of these ratings.
The overhauled 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is a total refresher from last model year. The whole vehicle feels contemporary and upscale while not driving you into debt. If you can swing it, get the GLE 450 4MATIC. Its suspension will have you feeling totally confident and in control.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz GLE Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.