2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 9, 2020

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The Mercedes-Benz GLE began its journey in 1997 and turned out to be powerful and stylish year after year. To show its dominance, GLE receives a facelift in 2021 with enhanced features and additional trims. Of these, GLE 580 gets exclusive features and can be grabbed for $78,450. 2021 GLE 580 comes in 4MATIC, fully variable All-Wheel Drive with a vibrant engine and sporty features.

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Pros

Upscale Interiors

Responsive Engine

Technology Laden

High Safety Standards

Cons

Lack of standard luxury features

Uncomfortable & optional third-row

Compromise of fuel efficiency

What's New?

No Changes from 2020 model



Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$60,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4Matic 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $60,000 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


The GLE represents the E-Class in the SUV line up of Mercedes and remains true to the “E” tag on the boot lid with an exceptional interior with great comfort and luxury. The V8 Bi-Turbo engine is rambunctious with a throaty roar that might raise a few noise complaints in the neighborhood. Merc ensures a great driving capability with coupe-like handling abilities while driving down corners and city traffic.

The battle between GLE 580, 2021 Audi SQ7, 2021 Lincoln Aviator, and 2021 BMW X5 M50i onsets for MY 21. Mercedes-Benz GLE is the best-selling SUV among the competitors while Lincoln Aviator is the lowest. Here’s our take on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 that is soon going to be on sale in the US market.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV front view
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV rear view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.5/10
Exterior


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Features

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV is available in only one trim–Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC SUV and offered as all-wheel-drive for $78,450. It offers a lot of standard and optional features and packages on MY 21.

Model

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC SUV

MSRP(AWD)

$78,450

Key Features

Ambient Lighting

 

Head-Up Display

 

MBUX Interior Assistant

 

Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System

 

Power front seats with driver-seat memory

 

Third-row seats

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC has a lot of packages that are offered as standard and optional. These are detailed below:

The AMG Line Interior is a standard package that includes sport interior appointments, Sport front seats, brushed aluminum pedals, AMG floor mats, and a Sport steering wheel.

The Night Package is optional and can be equipped for $300. They load up this package with Gloss Black exterior accents and 20-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels w/black accents.

The optional 3rd-row Seat Package available for $2,100 holds 3rd-row seats, Power 2nd-row seats, and Two USB-C ports in the 3rd row.

The Warmth & Comfort Package includes a Rapid heating feature for front seats and heated front armrests and upper door panels and is optional for $1,050.

The optional MBUX Technology Package is available for $1,600 and lets you have MBUX Augmented Video for Navigation.

The ENERGIZING Package Plus boxes Energizing Comfort, Air Balance cabin-air purification system, Air Balance cabin fragrance system, ventilated front seats, and multi-contour front seats with a massage feature. This is available for $2,100.

The Air Balance Package is available for $350 and allows you to have a better air system inside by providing an Air Balance cabin-air purification system and Air Balance cabin fragrance system.

The optional Driver Assistance Package PLUS includes fourteen safety features that assist the driver in many fields; all available for $2,250.

The Exterior Lighting Package provides extra lighting features outside for $900 and includes an LED Intelligent Light System with Ultra Wide Highbeams and Adaptive Highbeam Assist.

The E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL Package maintains the bodyweight of the vehicle during complex acceleration and braking circumstances. This package contains E-Active Body Control and Under Guard for $6,500.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 has average reliability ratings performed by the higher-level organizations. These include J.D. Power and consumer reports that imply the overall reliability quotient of the vehicle. Let’s see the reliability, ownership costs, and warranty of GLE 580.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 is not rated by the J.D. Power, but they performed such evaluations were for the 2020 models. From these reports, GLE 580 has an average build quality and reliability clear from the score of 69 on 100. BMW X5 M50i beats GLE here by scoring 81. GLE 580 gets 80 for the driving experience, 75 for resale, and 83 for “dealership experience”. Its rival, Lincoln Aviator, scores above GLE in “dealership experience” by a score of 84 while X5 M50i scores 86 in the driving experience. Altogether, GLE 580 scored 75 on 100 as per the J.D. Power.

2021 GLE 580 didn’t encounter any safety recalls as per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) while other members of the GLE class have faced one. Ownership costs are not yet revealed for 2021 GLE 580 but are expected to crash your wallet due to somewhat high repairing and maintenance costs. The ownership costs vary with the states across the US as the taxes imposed on the vehicles are different for different states.

Warranty

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 provides good warranty periods and many premier services. Basic, powertrain, and corrosion warranties and road assistance are covered for four years. No complimentary scheduled maintenance is offered but is included in the premier services. Mercedes-Benz Premier Service for 2 years or 20,000 miles costs $1,200 and offers a 10,000-mile service interval and Covers 2 factory-scheduled maintenance services. Mercedes-Benz Premier Service for 3 years or 30,000 miles offers 10,000-mile service interval and Covers 3 factory-scheduled maintenance services for $1,640 while the Premier Service for 4 years or 40,000 miles covers the same service interval but 4 maintenance services for $2,250.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Audi Q5 and BMW X5 M50i offer similar warranty except for 12 years corrosion warranty and unlimited miles of roadside assistance. Lincoln Aviator gives the powertrain warranty for 6 years and unlimited roadside assistance.

Miles Per Dollar

With the fuel cost of $3.51 per gallon, to cover a mile $0.18 is required. Hence, around 5.55 miles are covered per dollar.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Buying Advice

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 equipped with Warmth & Comfort Package will be perfect. If you have a big family, adding a 3rd-row Seat Package is the best choice. Opting these two packages will shape GLE 580 into an extraordinary SUV. You can also get a lot of assistant and safety features from Driver Assistance Package PLUS apart from the standard one.

Is buying a used Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV a good idea?

Going for a used GLE 580 is a good option as this vehicle will depreciate 67% after five years and results in resale value of $27,745. 2018, 2017, and 2016 models are voted off, of which 2017 ones are the best. The price decline for the 2017 model is 17.53% and you might pay only 41% of the price with 75% of a lifetime left ahead. Always remember, check the inspection reports and vehicle condition before you buy a used vehicle. Check out the CarIndigo inventory of used Mercedes-Benz GLEs for the best deals.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

2021 GLE 580 clings to 4MATIC fully variable All-Wheel Drive that is captured from its precursor. It is impelled by a 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine that can hand over 483 hp and 516 lb-ft to all the wheels shot up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft when Integrated-Starter Generator, the EQ boost, is deployed.

To render an efficient, silent, and swift ride, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with 9 speeds and shift paddles makes an appearance. Dynamic Select lets you pick from Eco, Comfort, and Sport modes then frame a ride quality of your choice. To enhance the depth of comfort and proper maneuvering, E-Active Body Control suspension technology is integrated that accesses Road Surface Scan and a curve inclination function.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC

2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

2021 BMW X5 M50i

MSRP

$78,450

$86,095

$89,430

$83,795

Engine

4.0L V8 Biturbo

4.0L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8

3.0L Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6

4.4L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9 speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power

483 hp @ 5,500 – 6,100 rpm

500 hp @ 5500 rpm

494hp @ 5000rpm

523 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

516 lb-ft @ 1,600 – 4,000 rpm

568 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

630lb-ft @ 3000rpm

553 lb-ft@ 1800rpm

BMW X5 M50i overpowered all the rivals with its ferocious engine that generates indomitable power while Lincoln Aviator shines with its torque. The Aviator is easily defeated as it produces the lowest power. It is the only vehicle that comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission absent in the opponents.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV Acceleration And Braking Performance

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 accelerates with a burst supporting a great finesse of consuming only 4.9 seconds to dash to 60 mph from a null character. You can smash the speed limits and blast to 130 mph to savor the utmost speed that GLE offers. The body of the vehicle is adjusted properly during complex rides, especially through uneven roads, no matter what kind the acceleration is.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV accelerate 0-60 mph in 4.9 sec

GLE 580 ensures proper braking with its four-wheel disc brakes with rotors in front measuring 14.8 inches and 13.6 inches for those at the rear. Brakes can automatically modulate in Active Steering Assist and Active Brake Assist features.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC

2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

2021 BMW X5 M50i

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

4.0 sec

5.4 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

NA

NA

13.7 sec

NA

Top Speed

130MPH

155 MPH

145 MPH

177 MPH

60-0 MPH

NA

128 ft 

119 ft

NA

Undoubtedly, BMW X5 M50i offers better acceleration than others and once again pushes itself to the topmost position in the rank list. We pin Lincoln Aviator at the end of the list with its relatively slow acceleration. BMW X5 M50i comes with incredible top speed while Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 has the lowest.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Fuel efficiency is the only field that GLE 580 pushes back and never attempts to improve. The gas mileage of the 2021 GLE 580 has not been revealed, but these figures will be a replica of 2020 models as it hangs on to the same engine. From the specifications of 2020 GLE 580, it can cover 17 mpg in the city, 21 in highway, and 19 in combined state. With the fuel tank filled with 22.5 gallons of gas, GLE 580 can travel 382.50 miles in the city and 472.50 miles on the highway. GLE’s EQ Boost technology lets you coast void of gas by turning off the combustion engine, thus saving the fuel while charging the battery by the process of recuperation.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC

2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

2021 BMW X5 M50i

MPG (City)

17

NA

NA

16

MPG (Highway)

21

NA

NA

22

MPG (Combined)

19

NA

23

18

Fuel Capacity

22.5 gallons

22.5 gallons

18 gallons

21.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

382.50/472 /427 miles

N/A

NA/NA/414 miles

350/481/503 miles

Even though Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 has low fuel efficiency factors, its rival, Audi SQ7, has these lower than GLE 580 according to records of 2020. Lincoln Aviator pushes every rival aside by being the most fuel-efficient vehicle. Although its fuel capacity is lower than others, its mileage extinguishes the other three.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Interior

9.0/10

The only upgrade done to MY 21 is the 64-color LED ambient lighting that now comes as standard to provide an enthusiastic and vibrant feel inside when the darkness arises. The dash creates a zone of luxury while the twin grab handles on the doors and the woods, sleek aluminum, or woven metal raises it to its peak level. The steering wheel comes with heating features and is an optional element. 4-way power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory enables enhancement of comfort by adjusting the steering wheel according to the driver’s seating position. The upholstering is available in Black MB-Tex/DINAMICA, Nappa leather, and Black/Magma Grey Nappa leather.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV cockpit area

The sport seats blend well with the sport steering wheel and aluminum pedals to propel the sporty character of the vehicle. Power front seats with driver-seat memory plus a 4-way power lumbar support for the driver, 4-zone climate control, 3 level electrically heated and ventilated front seats, multi-contour front seats with massage feature that includes eight massage programs, are presented to heighten the comfort. GLE 580 never forgets big families–optional third-row seats can be availed for a family of 7 without compromising the comfort and so offers 6-way power-adjustment in the second row and power-folding of its outer seatbacks for easy access to the third row.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV seats

GLE 580 is roomy and can store cargo ranging from 33.3-74.9 cu ft. 40/20/40 split-folding 2nd-row seats allow you to store cargos more efficiently. Heated and cooled front cupholder let you store the items according to your need. It offers a retractable luggage cover that can also be removed to protect the stowed items from sunlight.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC

2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

2021 BMW X5 M50i

Seating Capacity

5 (7 optional)

7

6

5

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

40.5/59.3/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

40.2/61.5/43

40.7/60.0/39.4

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

36.9/58.3/40.9

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.4/61.3/40.1

38.7/58.1/37.4

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

NA

35.9/49.4/35.9

36.9/54.0/29.2

NA

Lincoln Aviator is more spacious in all the rows and is suited for every person. Leaving the third-row seats, Lincoln Aviator once again proves to be spacious with a trunk capacity of 41.8 cu.ft and is followed by Audi SQ7. Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 and BMW X5 M50i have the lowest trunk space.

How’s the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV’s infotainment system?

The infotainment also gets an upgrade with two new standalone options–9.5-inch-wide Head-Up Display and Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) Interior Assistant. This assistant is also an operator through gestures the camera detects that are placed on the console. One can activate MBUX features via touchscreen, touchpad, touch buttons on the steering wheel, and even via voice. A 12.3-inch touchscreen joins the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display to create a large display system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, MB Navigation, Inductive wireless charging with NFC pairing, and SiriusXM 6-month All Access trial come as standard while In-car WiFi, TuneIn Radio, MBUX Augmented Video for Navigation, and Two USB-C ports in 3rd row attach to the optional features.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV infotainment screen

Burmester Surround Sound System with thirteen speakers, twin Front Bass subwoofers, and a 590-watt 9-channel digital amplifier lets you begin with melody and rock out afterward. Need more? It doesn’t end here. The optional Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system with 1,590-watt amp, 25 speakers including ceiling-mounted surround speakers, a subwoofer of400-watt amp, and tweeters build a concert ambiance.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV steering wheeel
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV dashboard
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV speaker
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV rear seats
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV infotainment screen
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV dashboard

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Exterior

9.5/10

GLE 580 likes to go on with the same appearance as its predecessor. Not a single exterior element fell in the list of the upgrades for MY 21. The front has a tinge of chrome, including a diamond-block grille while the rear bumper gets silver chrome.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV three quarter view

Aluminum roof rails, optional Illuminated LED running boards, 20-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels with all-season tires, optional 21-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels with black accents, and 22-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels with black accents, and Side-mirror logo projectors are the grandeur of GLE 580.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC

2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

2021 BMW X5 M50i

Curb Weight

NA

NA

NA

4,758 lbs

Length

194.3”

199.6’’

199.3”

194.3’’

Width

76.7”

77.6’’

82.3”

78.9’’

Height

70.7”

68.5’’

70”

68.7’’

Ground Clearance

7.1’’

NA

NA

8.7’’

Wheelbase

117.9”

117.9’’

119.1”

117’’

Lincoln Aviator is the widest with large ground clearance and wheelbase, while Audi SQ7 scores in length. Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 has the lowest width but is the tallest.Audi SQ7 is the shortest.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV three quarter view
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV headlamp
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV front view
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV right side view
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV three quarter view
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV rear view

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Safety

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 is not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). IIHS ratings for the 2020 model came up with an overall score of Good. They elected 2020 GLE 580 to Top Safety Pick+ of IIHS.

They introduce an enhanced Alarm System with Parking Damage Detection as a standard feature in 2021 GLE 580. All other safety features are retained this year too. Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, PRE-SAFE System, including PRE-SAFE Sound, Active Parking Assist, Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call service, LED Daytime Running Lamps and tail lamps, Trailer Stability Assist, Crosswind Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) are the standard features. Some optional features include Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, LED Intelligent Light System with Ultra Wide High beams, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, Emergency Stop Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Lane Change Assist, and Active Stop-and-Go Assist.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV Vs Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 strikes off Audi SQ7 by easily defeating it in fields; of interior features, infotainment system, safety, and exterior. However, Audi SQ7 outsmarts GLE 580 with its engine efficiency and speed.

Audi SQ7 Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro

Audi SQ7 is a performance-oriented vehicle while Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 gives all the features at low cost but with relatively less performance.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV Vs Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

Lincoln Aviator is a strong competitor that defeats GLE 580 with its roomy interior, cargo storage, and fuel efficiency. But GLE 580 gets better performance, infotainment and safety features, and a good appearance.

Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

Lincoln Aviator stands above GLE580 in terms of reliability and is well-suited for a big family.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 Final Verdict

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 SUV is the dashing and elegant SUV that crosses its rivals in most of the fields. The main highlight is its robust and responsive engine, infotainment system, and safety features that charm every customer. GLE 580 is suited for both small and big families and never puts the comfort level low. Reliability is the only field in which the vehicle falls. Wrapping all together, 2021 GLE 580 is fabulous.

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