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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 9, 2020

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Mercedes holds a strong position in the automotive segment and has no plan losing the same grip so easily. With each segment filled with strong vehicles with the "Three-Pointed Star" emblem on them, Mercedes also rocks and rolls the midsize SUV segments, and one of its soldiers competes for the rivals with a bold and strong presence. Yes, we are talking here about none other than the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV. . Get your newly purchased Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV home delivered to you, for no extra cost.

Making all the good improvements every way, the previous iteration of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 was made available with fancy updates. However, there is no such news this year. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV will add no tweaks worth mentioning and carry-on the same styling and spotlight-stealing worth to the next decade. Powered by a 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo with EQ boost, the German SUV belts 362-hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, bitterly managed by a 9-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle rivals the popular segment leaders the BMW M5, the Audi Q7 and the practical and stylish Acura MDX.

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Pros

Elegant and Luxe Interior

Practical and appealing design

Three different powertrain options

Cons

Rough ride on patchy roads

Tight third-row space 

Expensive to maintain and own

What's New?

The 2021 Mercedes-GLE Lineup won’t address any new changes from its previous iteration.


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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 in designo Cardinal Red Metallic color 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 in Iridium Silver Metallic color 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 in Brilliant Blue Metallic color
designo Cardinal Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$62,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4Matic 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $62,500 MSRP TBD TBD
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Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


Adding some adjectives to the character of this car we need not miss the mentions such as practical, admirable, spacious, fashionable, and capable. The Mercedes-GLE Class is awarded with all such luxury figurines that accomplish class, status, elegance and itself is a symbolic representation of wealth and fortune. However, you need to lay out a hefty balance and compromise on some figures to own this Luxe Environ.

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV has various modes, and the EQ boost adds 21-hp and 182 lb-ft of torque when you need to beat an arrogant overtake. And it doesn't shy in pampering the occupants with elegant styling and minimalistic design with the German touch. The SUV can fit 7 occupants optionally and still host space for 2 large suitcases. The AMG body-style design adds aggression to the innocent exterior package and Mercedes also offers various additionals, just in case you are not satisfied with the standard fits.


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Features

8.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 is a variant of the GLE-class and therefore stands with no subsidiary trim option beneath it. The GLE 450 4MATIC equips everything a daily cruiser or a long-route ride should have and the price is set right at $62,500

Trims

GLE 450 4MATIC

MSRP

$62,500

Key Features

Heated Front Seats and steering wheel

 

40/20/40-split-folding 2nd-row seats

 

Power tilt/sliding sunroof

 

ARTICO upholstery

 

“Hey Mercedes” keyword activation

 

The 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment display

 

FrontBass System

 

64-colour LED ambient lighting/illuminated door sills

 

Topstitched ARTICO upper dash and door trim

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV does justice to the luxury term with high-class trim all around the cabin. Upon owing the Merc SUV will feature ARTICO upholstery as standard, with 5-seating surfaces. The cabin is well decorated with leatherette wrapping and stitches, along with Open-pore Oak wood trim on the dash. The infotainment system is all about two 12.3-inch screens connected side to side, substituting as the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system respectively. On the outside, the subtle touches are impacting and the huge-body size has a strong presence with shiny paint, chrome trims, curves, and cuts all along.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV is a stunning and attractive mid-size SUV that contains all the luxury packaging that can soothe out in both short or long trips. The Mercedes emblem does bring a hefty price tag, yet its reliability and warranty are also connected with the brand's reputation.

Reliability and Ownership cost

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV has been rated 75 scores out of 100 by the J.D Power ratings, that sums up an average 69 scores in quality and reliability, a great 80 scores in the driving experience, a great 75 scores in resale value, and a great 83 score in dealership experiences. Yet driving a Mercedes is no easy, with expensive repair and maintenance charges.

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV can be owned at a price tag of $62,500. However, state wise prices of the vehicle may differ as shown in the below table.

States

Cost

Washington

$63,900(est)

Florida

$65,330(est)

California

$64,750(est)

New Jersey

$63,400(est)

Arizona

$64,350(est)

Along with the $62,500 price tag comes a luxury cabin, bold styling, advanced gadgets, and a Mercedes tag that guarantees top-tier safety along with great reliability of its products.

Warranty

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV comes with 4-year/50,000 miles limited and powertrain warranty, with a similar corrosion cover and roadside assistance by Mercedes

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

Four Year or 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

Four Year or 50,000 miles

Complimentary Warranty

NA

The Mercedes misses on the Complimentary warranty which is offered by its rivals like the BMW offers 3-year/36,000 miles warranty, Audi offers a 1-year/10,000 miles warranty and the Acura offers none, just like Mercedes.

Miles Per Dollar

The $60,000 plus package comes with satisfactory fuel economy and has hefty maintenance and repair bills, thus its miles per dollar will also be high.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Buying Advice

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV is the standalone trim, with a plethora of additional features, from which we would advise adding Nappa leather wrappings, and Burmester Premium Surround sound, along with an Intelligent Driver Assistance package. The optional third row is not a deal worth extra bucks, as the second row then equips power sliding and folding features that take like a decade to shift and also getting to the third row is hard, and once your seat there, the clumsy headroom and legroom is not worth the extra effort.

Is buying a used Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV a good idea?

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV will equip no major tweak, thus a second-hand buy might save your hard-earned bucks and get you similar luxury, functionality, and practicality as the new one.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV continues hosting a powerful and greener choice, a 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo with EQ Boost, which churns out 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of peak torque. A 9G TRONIC 9-speed automatic takes care of smooth and buttery gear changes, while the SUV equips the 4MATIC or the Merc's all-wheel-drive abilities for best performance characteristics.

The EQ boost claims to add 21-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque whenever necessary. The 2021 Mercedes Benz GEL 450 SUV can also tow up to 3500kg behind along with weighing heavy and being a feature-rich SUV to haul people and their carry-ons. The Merc SUV comes with various drive modes, like Eco, Manual, and Dynamic, so that the driver can take over for a more thriller run.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5

MSRP

$56,695

$45,295

$53,550

$61,695

Engine

3.0L Inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9-Speed automatic

9-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

362@5,250

290@6,200

252@5,000

335@5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369@1,600

267@4,700

273@1,600

330@1,500

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV can boast itself as the most powerful SUV here in the table, yet the acceleration and braking performance don't see the horses. The BMW X5 is one hidden mystery to fit a 2.0L block yet churn out competitive power figures to the Merc SUV.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 is one mammoth-sized SUV and the dimensions speak the same, yet it's eager horses under the hood, can take you fast enough to ditch a roller coaster ride. The Merc SUV does a 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds and throttles hard to cover a quarter-mile patch in 14.1 seconds yet be your perfect utility friend on longer routes. 

The SUV is electronically stable at 130 mph, yet at such speeds it can strain the eyes and sweat the hands, thus the Merc SUV is suitably a safer ride with 4-wheel ABS and other electronic additions that stop this buffed SUV in 118 ft when braked at 60 mph.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.5

6.3

5.9

5.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.1

14.8

15.7

13.7

Top Speed (MPH)

130

155

155

155

60-0 (ft)

118

116

136

119

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV misses the podium tops by parts of seconds nad the BMW X5 takes the first, yet the Merc SUV is quick enough to beat other rivals like Audi Q7 and Acura MDX. When it comes to braking distance the Merc stops the second fastest, down to the Acura while the Audi will be miles ahead of every other rival.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 is yet to reveal its gas mileage figures, but based on the earlier model and a mirror-same powertrain and engine fittings, the Merc SUV can be relied on to deliver 17 and 23 mpg in both city and highway hauls respectively. The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV will also equip a 24.6-gallon fuel tank to keep feeding the thirsty engine and stretch happy 490 plus miles with a fuel tank.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5

MPG (City)

17

20

19

18

MPG (Highway)

23

27

25

24

MPG (Combined)

20

23

21

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

24.6

19.5

22.5

21.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

418/566/492

390/527/448

428/563/472

438/569/438

The Acura MDX is the most economical option in the table, with the Mercedes GLE 450 being the least favorable. at least here. The BMW X5 stretches the run for the most with average figures and a big fuel tank. A win is a win after all.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Interior

9.0/10

The Three-Pointed star's GLE 450 reflects the German preference of refined and elegant materials and soft-touch leather and when you are down with the dash or the seats, observe the same quality reflected on the headliner, door, sills, and even the rear cargo boot. The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV makes room for 5-occupant yet you can add two more, optionally extending the capacity to 7-hearts. 

However, to avoid crying faces, we would say, promise just a 5-people squad, as the third optional row misses out the functionality to carry adults. The first row has pretty space and the finely stitched dash, Anthracite Open Pore Oak wood trim, the second row has enough headroom and legroom to be at peace and all the seating surfaces are wrapped with ARTICO upholstery, however, more bucks can get you Designo Black/Magma Grey Nappa Leather on your seats. The 64-color ambient lighting gives a refined touch to authentic leather and wood trim cabin.

The cabin is breezy and gets THERMATIC dual-zone climate control, big power sliding/tilt sunroof, 40/20/40 split-folding 2nd-row seats, front row heated seats, and heated steering wheel along with plenty of more additional options for the buyers. The boot space 38.2 cu-ft of storage capacity with power liftgate with low loading lip and wide entrance to fit big easily.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/58.5/40.3

38.1/61.1/41.4

38.4/59.5/41.7

40.8/60/39.8

Rear Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/58.4/38.4

38.3/59.1/36.6

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.7/58.1/37.4

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450, even being a fancy choice isn't as roomy and commodious as the BMW X5, and the German touch is equal to boh the SUVs, let's include Audi too. When it comes to boot space, the Merc will surely bring glee, beating BMW's 33.9 cu-ft, Audi's 14.8 cu-ft, and Acura's 15 cu-ft capacity.

How’s the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV infotainment system?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV will have similar infotainment fittings, like an attached dual 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment displays. The driver's instrument cluster is surely fascinating with all information right in front with 4-configurable settings, while the infotainment is the crispiest and sharpest, even when the sun tries to reflect its rays on it. The icon is big and the menus can be controlled by the touchpad controller on the center console, button on the steering wheel, and voice control. The "Hey Mercedes" command helps to get things done easily. While the infotainment also includes features like MB Navigation, Augmented reality for Navigation, Five USB C-ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, wireless charging, and a standard FrontBass system.

The buyers can also have additional equipment like MBUX Interior Assistant, Two USB-C ports in the third row, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Rear seat accessory pre-installation, Burmester Surround Sound System, Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system, In-car WiFi, Head-Up Display, and TuneIn Radio

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV will have the same shiny, bold exterior, that steals attention overtaking or passing by the crowd. The relatively big size has a strong presence and also the shiny tad bits of chrome scattered all over the SUV are jewels of the Mercedes. The front fascia has a double slated grille, with big "Three-Pointed Star" emblem, big front bumpers, and curves on the LED headlights, while the rear has sleeker LED tail lights, bigger rear window glass, and the brand's emblem right above a chrome line that connects the taillights.

The buyers can also opt for AMG body styling that adds to the sportiness of the mammoth-sized GLE 450, getting additions like a deep front apron with larger mesh intakes and fine chrome details, a silver chrome insert in the rear bumper, color-keyed fender flares, and the signature chrome diamond-block grille with a single crossbar anchoring the iconic Star. The tires range from 19-22-inches, but as standard, you will get 20-inch 5-twin spoke wheels.

Model

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV 

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5

Curb Weight (lbs)

TBA

4032

4696

4813

Length (in)

194.3

196.2

199.6

194.3

Width (in)

84.9

77.7

77.5

78.9

Height (in)

70.7

67.4

68.5

69

Ground Clearance (in)

7.2

7.3

8.1

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

117.9

111.0

117.9

117.1

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV and the BMW X5 are the shortest rivals in the table, while the tall stance of the Mercedes makes it more bold and scary at high speeds. The AMG pack does add sportiness to the muscular body and makes it more desirable, stylish, and less of a big-block.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Safety

8.0/10

Mercedes never compromises on safety and its robust build quality and futuristic safety and driver assistance features speak for the same, The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 hasn't been tested for its crashworthiness, however, the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLE Class was awarded the title of "2020 Top Safety Pick+" by the IIHS in the Midsize Luxury SUV category. The plethora of features included in the Merc SUV includes Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Active brake assist, attention assist, Pre-Safe, 7-airbags, Active parking assist, Anti-theft alarm system with a remote panic feature, Tire-pressure monitoring system, rearview cameras, etc.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV vs. 2021 Acura MDX

The 2021 Acura MDX might get a completely new styling borrowing cues from recently revamped RDX and TLX models, while the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV is a carry-on model. The 2021 Acura MDX will need the V6 engine to match the performance of the Merc SUV, while the cabin is, without no question, more luxury and refined in the Mercedes. The same can't be said for the exterior appearance as the MDX awaits for a much-needed facelift. On the other fronts, the Mercedes SUV is a better call, other than the economy which the Acura aces at.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV vs. 2021 Audi Q7

The 2021 Audi Q7 is a far better crowd hauler than the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450. However, both the German SUVs are feature-rich, luxurious, and stylish inside. From outside, the Audi has more aggression than the Merc SUV being a big-rock with more bland details, but once the AMG cover takes over, the GLE 450 is a completely new SUV with aggression, styling, and shiny bits. The Audi is more economical to the Merc SUV but also underpowered and slow. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 SUV vs. 2021 BMW X5

The 2021 BMW X5 is the strongest competitor the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 SUV can have. The BMW beats the Merc SUV being quicker, agile, economical, and also more commodious. The BMW X5 is a better driving experience than any other rivals including the Mercedes and hosts the occupant with an opulent cabin that has beautifully stitched seating surfaces and a more intuitive interface for the infotainment. The BMW X5 also ranks better on the J.D Power ratings with a score of 80 out of 100.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Final Verdict

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 is a luxury SUV, although mid-size, yet powerful and agile to travel rough and rugged. With opulence inside and boldness outside, the Merc SUV mixes the two flavors of all-wheel-drive fun and cozy cabin for its buyers, with advanced gadgets that even have voice control. "Hey Mercedes" is probably the best car-assistant ever. The blend of functionality, practicality, and luxury is proportionately blended for the GLE 450. Also, the style statement and strong presence make it worth a spin, every time and anytime, while it also suits best for both daily cruising and long happy trips for the family.

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