The GLE 350 de mates a 194-hp two-litre four-cylinder engine to a 136-hp electric motor. Combined, this group produces 320hp and 700Nm: enough to give you decent performance, with a sprint to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds (and a top speed of 210km/h). However, that does not make it a sporty car.
In electrical driving mode, you only hear the tyres and the wind, but the diesel engine cannot hide its presence when it jumps in to assist the electric motor, climbing the revs. At steady speeds, however, it is pleasantly quiet. When equipped with the optional Airmatic air suspension, the GLE is even more comfortable, with a chassis that adapts to the speed, the surface and the load. Nevertheless, the myriad driver assistance systems are intrusive and start to get on your nerves after some time.