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2022 Mercedes Benz GLE Review: Specs and Pricing

2022 Mercedes Benz GLE


The 2022 GLE class, like the mid-size Mercedes SUVs that came before it, offers cutting-edge technology, a roomy cabin, and more off-road capability than most owners will dare to use. The majority of vehicles include two rows of seats, both of which are plush and comfortable. Although a third row is optional, it is primarily useful for children. The dashboard of the GLE is dominated by a wall of screens that offers both a comprehensive view of the vehicle's infotainment system and a fully digital gauge display. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder, but other options include a turbo inline-six and a twin-turbo V-8 (although the V-8 will be offered in a limited supply this year). The GLE may be ordered with an adjustable air suspension that can provide more ground clearance and also help the SUV rock free from deep sand or mud for individuals looking to travel beyond paved highways and civilization.

What Has Changed For 2022?

Aside from the addition of automatic high-beam headlamps as standard equipment and new two-tone Espresso Brown and black or white and black leather upholstery options, the GLE class receives few updates this year.

2022 Mercedes Benz GLE: Pricing

The starting price of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is $55,700, which is slightly more expensive than the class average. The entry-level GLE 450 and GLE 53 models cost $63,500 and $73,550, respectively, while the opulent GLE 580 is $80,200.

Which One To Purchase?

Following our experiences with two available powertrains, we advise sticking with the base GLE350 model with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Despite having the least power, it propels the GLE class with enough force to satisfy the majority of drivers and provides the best fuel economy throughout our testing.

We'd allow ourselves to spend on the Premium package (Burmester audio system, 360-degree camera, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet) and the Warmth and Comfort package since we're saving our hard-earned money by choosing the base model (heated front armrests and upper door panels). Additionally, we would include the optional second-row heated seats and four-zone automatic climate control.

2022 Mercedes Benz GLE: Interior And Comfort

Genuine leather, wood, and metal are examples of fine materials that offer a sense of true luxury but also add significantly to the cost. The center console lid and armrests can also be heated in addition to the front seats, quickly removing the chill from a chilly winter morning. The roomy interior now comes with an optional third row of seats, which are a little tight for adults. It also has cutting-edge Mercedes technology featured in the brand's most recent luxury cars.

We managed to put 11 carry-on luggage in the cargo compartment with the third row of optional seats folded down. The GLE class provides space for up to 26 carry-ons when all seats are folded to their flat configurations. In these criteria, the rival X5 is comparable to the Mercedes, but other rivals, such as the more coupe-like Audi Q8, held significantly fewer cars.

2022 Mercedes Benz GLE: Connectivity

Nearly the whole length of the dashboard is taken up by dual 12.3-inch infotainment screens that enable the MBUX voice recognition system as one of many ways to interact with the system. MBUX can answer a variety of instructions, much like Apple's Siri or Google's virtual assistant, allowing the driver to maintain both hands on the wheel while still turning up the heat, activating the ventilated seat function, or tuning into a particular radio station.

The infotainment system's touchpad in the center console and touch-sensitive screen allow for tactile engagement, however, not all of the choices are rationally organized. It is easier to navigate them when the GLE class is parked. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration are both included, making it simpler to stay connected to calls, texts, and other communications while on the go.

2022 Mercedes Benz GLE: Engine And Performance

A 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with rear- or all-wheel drive (4Matic, in Mercedes lingo) and a nine-speed automated transmission powers models with the GLE350 badge. The GLE450 is the next step up, with standard all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain with a turbocharged inline-six and a cutting-edge 48-volt electrical system that produces 362 horsepower. At our test track, the 2020 GLE350 reached 60 mph in 6.6 seconds while the six-cylinder GLE450 did so in 5.3 seconds.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE580 is the most potent and costliest non-AMG variant, while the beefed-up Mercedes-AMG GLE53 (reviewed separately) offers even more heat. A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a 48-volt system can produce up to 504 horsepower. Modern air suspension systems may be added to any GLE-class vehicle, allowing it to lean into curves and even free itself if the driver gets trapped in mud or sand. Traditional steel springs and anti-roll bars make up the typical arrangement.

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