2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC Review: Quick Drive

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee
It might not look it, but the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE is significantly updated for 2024, helping it retain its spot as a benchmark in the segment.


Engine: 3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 + Mild Hybrid
Output: 375 hp, 369 lb-ft
Transmission: 9AT, AWD
Fuel Economy (MPG): 19 city, 26 hwy
Starting Price (USD): TBA
Starting Price (CAD): TBA

A good portion of SUVs within Mercedes-Benz’ lineup are undergoing a refresh this year.

That includes the brand’s very popular mid-size GLE. All-new for the 2020 model year, the GLE doesn’t radically change for the 2024 model year, but there are updates to nearly every aspect of the vehicle.

Always a segment benchmark, do these updates keep the GLE near the front of the pack, or has the competition caught up? During the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s Spring Rally, we got the chance to take the refreshed 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC for a quick test drive to find out for ourselves.

What's New for 2024: Slight Tweaks Outside

Minor updates to the grille of the GLE help keep styling fresh.

Probably the least changed aspect to the SUV is its exterior. Up front there is a new front bumper along with a new grille that features horizontal louvres. The inner details of both the headlights and taillights have been changed and there are new wheel choices.

None of these alterations are enough to make a casual passerby instantly recognize this is the new GLE. But we’ve always liked the design of the GLE exterior, so a conservative refresh is probably the best choice here as to not ruin a good thing.

Interior Style and Quality: More Tweaks Inside

While we don't enjoy the new steering wheel-mounted buttons in the GLE, it's hard not to love the dual 12.3-inch screens on the dash.

Inside, the updates are a bit more noticeable. Starting at the driver’s seat, there’s a new steering wheel with similar touch controls as found in other Mercedes-Benz products like the C-Class. Although we’re not fans of these controls, we are getting used to them and they feel more responsive in the GLE. Still, give us traditional buttons and switches please.

Behind the wheel are a pair of 12.3-inch screens, one for the driver information centre and the other for the infotainment system. The latter now features the second generation of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system and can operate with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. When updates are available, they can now be done over the air now as well.

Few other luxury SUVs, including direct competitors, offer the level of sophistication and refinement that the cabin of the GLE delivers.

The rest of the interior features updated trim bits like the chrome surrounds on the air vents. Our specific test vehicle has a piano black dash-finish with vertical silver lines running through it.

Overall, we love the look of this revised interior. Some vehicles feature similar levels of features and equipment but lack this SUV’s premium look and feel. The GLE 450 is full of the latest technology, and features a design that looks modern, sophisticated, and most importantly, properly expensive. It rewards owners with a design and layout that pampers, feels special, and is luxurious.

Powertrain and Efficiency: Plenty of Power Possibilities

There are too many different engine options to list for the Mercedes GLE. Our 450 tester featured a new hybrid powertrain with 375 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque while delivering 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

For 2024, all GLE engines are now hybrid of some sort, with most being mild hybrids that include a 48-volt integrated starter generator (ISG). These include the GLE 350, GLE 450, GLE 580, GLE 53, and GLE 63. Only the GLE 450e is a full plug-in hybrid.

As mentioned, we’re driving the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC which continues to use a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine. With the ISG added, horsepower has jumped a bit to 375 hp while torque remains the same at 369 lb-ft. Paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels, Mercedes-Benz claims the vehicle can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph.

Open the rear hatch and you'll find plenty of space with 33 cu-ft of room which expands to 74.9 cu-ft with the second row seats folded flat.

Honestly, this is more than enough power as acceleration is brisk, even when weighed down. There’s ample thrust throughout the rpm range, especially down low. It’s all anyone will ever need, but we totally understand the want for more powerful versions of the GLE; especially those with turbocharged V8s.

The GLE 450’s engine makes a pleasant note, with a mild grumble at low rpms and a nice straight-six sound under heavier acceleration. Driven with restraint, the expected fuel economy figures are 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Despite the addition of the ISG, that pretty much puts it on par with the 2023 model, which was slightly better in the city, but slightly worse on the highway.

Ride Quality and Comfort

From the styling to the ride quality, everything about the 2024 Mercedes GLE can be described as "smooth."

The best part of the engine though is how smooth it operates. It’s a characteristic that carries over into nearly every aspect of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC. It’s so smooth in everything it does. The steering, braking, are ride comfort are just so polished and serene. Every imperfection has been engineered out of the mechanical bits.

The SUV is a hallmark of luxury feel, isolating occupants from the outside world, in the best premium way possible. It’s also quite easy to drive for those familiar with a vehicle its size.

With a curb weight exceeding 5,000 lbs. and not being an AMG model, the GLE 450 isn’t exactly engaging to drive behind the wheel. But with the optional tire package featuring massive 275/45R21 tires up front and 315/40R21 in the rear, it features more lateral grip than most large SUVs out there.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC: The Verdict

An afternoon in the Mercedes GLE and it's easy to see why it has been and continues to be a segment benchmark.

The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC is still one the benchmarks of the segment. An originator in the class dating back to the ML 320 days, the newest GLE continues to carry the torch as a front runner in the mid-size luxury SUV world. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular and the most recent updates should keep it on the top of consumer’s shopping lists.

Full details on pricing should be released at a later date, but our guess is there will be a mild increase in MSRP compared to 2023 models.


Is the GLE changing for 2024?

Yes, the model has undergone a mild-cycle refresh throughout.

What models of the GLE will there be in 2024?

There are the GLE 350, GLE 450, GLE 405e, GLE 580, GLE 53, and GLE 63.

What is the difference between GLE 350 and GLE 450?

The GLE 350 is the entry level model that uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The GLE 450 is a step up and utilizes a turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

Is the Mercedes GLE available as a hybrid?

Yes. In fact, tanks to a new 48-volt integrated starter generator (ISG), all versions of the GLE are now hybrids. Plus, there's even the GLE 450e which is a plug-in hybrid offering 59 miles of fully-electric driving range.

What is the cargo room in the Mercedes GLE?

Total cargo space is listed at 33 cu-ft behind the second row. Or drop those seats and it expands up to 74.9 cu-ft. Those numbers are significant, but not class leading.

How much can the Mercedes GLE tow?

For anyone looking to pull a trailer, boat or other toys, rest assured that the GLE has loads of capability with a tow rating of 7,700 lbs.

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  • Powerful Engine
  • Smooth Drive
  • Luxurious Interior


  • No Fuel Efficiency Increase w/ Mild Hybrid
  • Steering Wheel Touch Controls

Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Glenn C Elridge Glenn C Elridge on Jun 09, 2023

    Like a SUV New Benz and 2024 save. Money ? Thanks ?

  • Bob Bob on Jun 15, 2023

    Expensive to buy, expensive to own. Fuel economy would be sub 20mpg (American) without question and cant imagine what those massive tires cost to replace. A very nice luxury SUV otherwise, without question.