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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Midsize luxury SUV
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class shown
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
G

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A
G
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A
G

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was redesigned for the 2012 model year and renamed the GLE-Class beginning with the 2016 model year.

Beginning with 2014 models built after August 2013, reinforcements were added to the door sills to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The tested 2014 model M-Class was built after the door sills were strengthened.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 18 cm at the footrest, and the instrument panel intruded 9 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,866 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 115 in.
Length 189 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1333
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 18
Left toepan (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 17
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 9
Lower instrument panel (cm) 9

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1333
Head
HIC-15 182
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 1.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.89
Right 0.71
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.9
Right 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 103
Right 86

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was redesigned for the 2012 model year and renamed the GLE-Class beginning with the 2016 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted on a 2012 model M-Class by Mercedes-Benz as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 550 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,698 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 115 in.
Length 189 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine 4.6 L V8
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1106
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 4
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1106
Head
HIC-15 233
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 5
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.42
Maximum tibia index - right 0.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 57
Right 117

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was redesigned for the 2012 model year and renamed the GLE-Class beginning with 2016 models.

Beginning with 2014 models, side torso airbags became optional for rear seat occupants (they were standard in 2012-13 models). Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on two tests conducted by Mercedes-Benz as part of side crash test verification.

The first test was conducted on a 2012 model ML 550 V8 (including the standard rear side torso airbags) and the second test on a 2014 model ML 350 Bluetec diesel V6 without the optional rear side torso airbags. The ratings for these vehicles are combined because the presence or lack of rear side torso airbags made little difference for rear occupant protection in the tests. (Rear occupants still receive the benefit of the standard side curtain airbags.) This is because for a large vehicle with a long wheelbase (115 inches in this case), the intruding barrier impacts the vehicle relatively far from the rear seat.

The vehicle specifications shown below are based on the 2014 model. (The tested 2012 model is over 300 pounds lighter but obtains poorer gas mileage. Wheelbase, length, and width are identical.)

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Injury measures

Driver — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 Bluetec 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,861 lbs.
Side airbags
Wheelbase 115 in.
Length 189 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1115 VTS1313
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-20.0 -19.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1115 VTS1313
Head HIC-15 64 52
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.3 -0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 26 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.2 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31 27
Average deflection (mm) 28 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.47 2.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.32 0.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7 1.4
Combined force (kN) 2.9 2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 16 20
A-P moment (Nm) 125 139

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1115 VTS1313
Head HIC-15 81 104
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.3 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 5 11
Lateral force (kN) 0.4 0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 28 29
Average deflection (mm) 20 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.61 3.23
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.26 0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.7 0.9
Combined force (kN) 0.9 1.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 31 15
A-P moment (Nm) 59 45

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,722 lbs
Peak force 31,545 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.68
Tested vehicle
2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 21
Distance below top of head (mm) -1
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.8
Head contact time (ms) 53
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 378

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function

Package name

  • Optional Premium 3 Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 24 mph.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Standard Active Brake Assist

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
FCW Not Qualified
autobrake
not tested
0 points total

Forward collision warning

This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • GLE 350 trim equipped with Premium II package
  • GLE 350 trim equipped with Premium III package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on both right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • GLE 350 trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • GLE 350 trim equipped with Premium II package
  • GLE 350 trim equipped with Premium III package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 104.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 50.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.2 m 4.8 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 164.2 m
Straightaway left edge 104.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.9 m

Trim level(s)
  • GLE 350 trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 74.7 m None
Straightaway left edge 43.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 45.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 41.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 39.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 161.7 m
Straightaway left edge 111.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 56.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.3 m

Applies to 2016-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

G
Vehicle trim GLE 350
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights

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