Just like the latest CLS or even the A-Class, the all-new GLE adheres to Mercedes‘ new “sensual purity” design philosophy, which does without any strong lines or creases, thus creating a somewhat cleaner aesthetic.
The interior is completely different as well, featuring leather-wrapped grab handles, the automaker’s latest-gen MBUX infotainment system, two gorgeous high-resolution displays and a boat-load of onboard technology.
Now, while all that sounds great on paper, there’s still a little matter of how it all comes together, which is something this review by Autogefuhl focuses on in great detail.
Once you’re sat behind the wheel of the new GLE, you will undoubtedly notice that Mercedes have really taken a step forward in overall cabin quality compared to the older model. You’re also able to rely on a lot more active safety and convenience features than before, like the Personal Assistant, which is a lot easier to communicate with via voice commands, as opposed to other similar systems.
As for how it drives, this particular GLE was the 450 version, powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol unit producing 367 PS (362 HP) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. While it’s not the quickest SUV in the world, it still only takes 5.7 seconds for it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill, which is more than sufficient for such a heavy vehicle.
There are also one or two drawbacks to the new GLE, such as the fact that a very well-specified model can be extremely expensive to purchase. However, according to this reviewer, the new GLE is an excellent all-round premium SUV even without all its fancy optional extras.