2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The GLE’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Edge doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the GLE’s standard Downhill Speed Regulation allows you to creep down safely. The Edge doesn’t offer Downhill Speed Regulation.

The GLE offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the GLE and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available lane departure warning systems.


The GLE comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.


The GLE 350’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 5 more horsepower (255 vs. 250) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. The GLE 450’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 27 more horsepower (362 vs. 335) than the Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the GLE 450 is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4-cylinder:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the GLE 450’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Edge doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The GLE has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The GLE has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

GLE 350

GLE 450


Edge ST

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

The GLE stops much shorter than the Edge:



70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Edge (255/50R19 vs. 245/60R18). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Edge (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. 265/40R21).

The GLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE/SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Edge SE/SEL.

Suspension and Handling

The GLE 450 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Ford doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Edge.

The GLE offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The GLE has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLE’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Edge doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the Edge (117.9 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Edge.

The GLE’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the Edge’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the GLE more stable handling and braking.

The GLE 450 handles at .84 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.


As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the GLE 450 is quieter than the Edge Titanium AWD:



At idle

38 dB

40 dB


70 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The GLE offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Edge can only carry 5.

The GLE has .3 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Edge.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Edge with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 73.4 cubic feet).


The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (7700 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the GLE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Edge. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Edge Titanium/ST, the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Edge doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the GLE the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GLE has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

The GLE’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Edge Titanium/ST’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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