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So it’s not cheap, but the high price is offset by extensive standard equipment. Even on the basic AMG Line, you get a “warmth comfort package” with heated seats and even heated armrests, Mercedes’ “Parking Package” featuring a transparent bonnet and 360 degree camera, a Burmester sound system, head-up display and of course an AMG bodykit with 20-inch wheels. 

Also standard is the nine-speed automatic transmission, 4MATIC four-wheel drive and Airmatic air suspension – the latter of which was an option on the entry-level 300 d prior to the GLE’s facelift in 2023. 

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There are now two diesel engines offered – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre six-cylinder. As part of its mid-life facelift, these engines gained mild-hybrid technology to boost efficiency and add some extra power. The 400 d diesel engine was removed from the range at the same time.

As for the petrol engines, there’s a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder badged ‘450’ and two AMG variants – a GLE 53 with a mild-hybrid six-cylinder and the GLE 63 with its widely-used 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. 

There’s just one plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a rather large 31.2kWh battery, which returns an impressive electric-only range of 60 miles and 60kW recharging speeds. 

While the current GLE’s styling is softer and less aggressive than its predecessor, it’s the interior that is the most impressive. Mercedes has blended leather, open-pore wood and aluminium accents to create the best cabin in its class and an interior that could grace a car costing upwards of £100,000.

The two 12.3-inch screens combine to create a single ultra-wide display, with the front and middle row passengers free to bask in S-Class-like levels of space. The space in the third row of seats is less impressive, making this more of a 5+2 SUV rather than an authentic seven-seater. A Land Rover Discovery or Volvo XC90 remain better options in this regard.

But this doesn’t detract from an otherwise impressive overall package. Few cars offer this level of comfort, while the AMG Line trim means that nobody is going to feel short-changed by the GLE. 

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