Mercedes GLE (2015-2019) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
GLE is relatively thirsty, but plug-in hybrid model helps cut costs
Compared to the entry-level BMW X5, the GLE 250d is just as efficient, returning 47.9mpg combined with 155g/km CO2, but it’s down on power significantly as the BMW boasts a 258bhp 3.0-litre diesel. The 350d isn’t as frugal as its X5 equivalent, the xDrive 30d, with on-paper fuel economy of 42.8mpg combined and 174g/km CO2.
The hybrid GLE 500e’s 78g/km CO2 total (84g/km on the smaller wheels) is impressive, but you’ll unlikely to hit the 76.4mpg quoted figure under real-world driving conditions unless you religiousl plug it in to charge it up.
We’d also recommend taking the AMG 63 model’s 23.9mpg predicted economy with a pinch of salt – weighing 2,345kg there’s a lot of mass the V8 has to move, so high teens would be a fair assessment. The 276g/km CO2 output means it’ll cost a lot for company car users to run.
In this review
- 1Mercedes GLE (2015-2019) reviewThe Mercedes GLE is a rebadge of the ML-Class with a mild facelift and newer tech, but it's showing its age now
- 2Engines, performance and driveBig, heavy GLE is a comfortable cruiser, while AMG models are rapid
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingGLE is relatively thirsty, but plug-in hybrid model helps cut costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyAll the Mercedes styling cues are present, but the GLE is looking a little dated now
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe GLE offers plenty of room for a five-seat SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetyML earned five stars from Euro NCAP, and the GLE has even more safety kit