Mercedes GLE SUV (2011-2018) - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Mercedes GLE is more fuel-efficient than you’d think, but running costs could be better
Considering the GLE's size, fuel economy isn't too bad. It naturally performs better than the bulkier GL but maintenance costs remain typically Mercedes – in other words, pricey.
Mercedes GLE MPG & CO2
No large SUV will ever be truly economical, but the GLE tries its best to remain competitive with its closest rivals for efficiency.
The 350d returns a respectable fuel economy figure of 36.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 204g/km, but with rivals such as the (faster) BMW X5 3.0d M Sport offering 45mpg and 162g/km of CO2 the GLE really could do better. Oddly, the emissions for the GLE fall when this model is fitted with the larger 21-inch alloy wheels – dropping to 199g/km.
The GLE costs £140 per year to tax after the initial CO2-weighted payment at time of registration and as it has a list price of over £40,000 it is also subject to a yearly surcharge of £310, payable for five years. That'll bring your yearly bill to £450 for the five years following the first year's CO2-weighted payment.
The GLE 350d falls into group 45 for insurance purposes so will likely attract high premiums.
Mercedes provides a warranty that covers you for unlimited miles during the first three years of owning the car. It's a pretty standard affair that other German manufacturers offer, too.
Mercedes offers fixed-price servicing plans that can be paid up front in one go or spread over monthly instalments.