The GLE 250d is the entry level model in the new luxury SUV range from Mercedes-Benz. The four-wheel drive model, previously known as the M-Class, is an imposing and eye-catching figure on the road; it weighs almost three tonnes and has a turning circle of around 12 metres. Its size and dominant build is balanced by its smooth body-styling and athletic exterior, with features such as double barred front grille and streamlined sides.
In the standard Sport specification, the 2018 GLE 250d includes everything you could desire for a smooth, comfortable ride, whether you’re cruising down the motorway or exploring off-road terrain. For a small extra cost, the upgrade to AMG Line spec brings a wider choice of premium interior materials and other exclusive AMG styling features. The 9-speed automatic is highly efficient, and combines perfectly with the 2.1 Litre turbocharged diesel engine to deliver high performance and responsiveness at both low and high speeds. In fact, for such a large four-wheel drive car, the GLE 250d is surprisingly swift, with a top speed of 136mph in test conditions, and it can reach 60mph in around 8.6 seconds.
Efficiency and running costs have also been improved in this model, as the Mercedes GLE 250d diesel has a combined fuel economy of around 48mpg, and CO2 emissions of 155g/km. While the resale value of such a new model is not yet known, it’s likely to be high given the 2018 GLE 250d’s economical running costs and high build quality. The recommended on the road price for the new Mercedes GLE 250d in Sport trim is around £49,300, while the upgraded AMG Line spec will cost just under £52,700, with either seven or nine-speed automatic transmission.
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