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Review: Mercedes-Benz GLE550e

The first plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz SUV teams an electric motor with a biturbo gasoline V6 for an exceptional 436 hp (combined). An E-BOOST feature lets the electric motor raise total torque up to 479 lb-ft, for quick acceleration along with remarkable fuel-efficiency. The advanced lithium-ion battery can be charged by the gas engine while driving (in 40 minutes), at public charging stations, or at home.

Mercedes GLE550e 2017 7 has a G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles. AGILITY CONTROL suspension automatically adjusts the individual shock absorbers based on the road surface and the driver’s current driving style, while AIRMATIC suspension employs electronically controlled air springs that provide an ideal balance of ride comfort and handling composure for a balanced and comfortable ride. It takes only 5.3 seconds for Mercedes-Benz GLE550e to reach 60 miles per hour (100 km).

The GLE550e has the same Dynamic Select modes that other GLE models have, including Comfort and Sport modes, controlling steering, ride firmness, and transmission behaviour.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: GLE550e
  • First available: January 2016
  • Next Upgrade: April 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 5.3s
  • Range: 12 miles 20 km
  • Price: $66,300
    Price: €61'500
    Price: £53'100

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 9 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Charge time

    • normal outlet to full capacity around 4 hours
    • level 2 wall charger (at about $2,000) less than 2 hours
    • using Charge mode while driving – less than 40 minutes

1 User Review on “Mercedes-Benz GLE550e”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    The Ultimate Luxury Plug-In Hybrid SUV
    Reviewed
    Mercedes-Benz GLE550e 4MATIC - I have test driven this car

    It has only been in the very recent past that the idea of creating a luxury plug-in SUV has gone from the drawing board to a reality. In 2016 Mercedes-Benz offered their own version of this concept in the GLE550e a midsize luxury SUV based on the M-Class. However, this one sports an updated interior loaded with the latest high-tech features, but this is what we have come to expect from this legendary German automaker. I spent the afternoon at my local Mercedes-Benz dealer learning all about what powers this amazing SUV and taking one out for a test drive.

    Under the hood sits a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower all by itself. But this is only the beginning as this engine is mated to an 85-kW electric motor that adds another 114-horsepower to the mix for a total output of 436 hp. When used together, these powerplants develop a very respectable 479 pound-feet of torque. How does all of this power translate into real-time performance?

    From a dead stop in hybrid mode, the Mercedes-Benz GLE550e can hit the 60 miles per hour in only 5.3 seconds. This is the same level of performance as the GLE powered by a V8 engine. The 8.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack sits under the floor taking up a fair amount of storage space, but when you consider the 550e has earned an EPA rating of 43 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), giving up a bit of storage space suddenly doesn’t seem so important.

    Range depends on your driving habits and what driving mode you have your GLE550e set in, but you should be able to drive up to 20 miles on a fully charged battery pack. The GLE550e plug-in hybrid has four different driving settings, including Hybrid, E-Save, E-Mode, and Charge. Battery charge times range from four hours using a standard plug-in or down to less than two hours if you purchase the optional Level 2 charger directly from Mercedes-Benz. If you switch into Charge mode, you can drive and charge the batteries in about 40 minutes at highway speeds.

    Overall, I have to say the Mercedes-Benz GLE550e offers a very comfortable ride and plenty of performance. I had the chance to take a short spin in one and found it went from zero to 60 mph in right around five to five and half seconds, which is faster than the GLE350 gasoline only version. There is plenty of room in both the front and rear seats for taller passengers to travel in comfort. This is a wonderful luxury SUV that performs exceptionally well for a plug-in hybrid.

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