Mercedes has completely redesigned the GLE. Sitting on a new platform, the fourth-generation midsize SUV also features new engines, available mild hybrid technology, and suspension improvements for a luxurious ride. The interior matches its driving excellence, with comfortable seats, quality materials, and an expansive screen on the dash. But the GLE goes beyond the basic amenities you’d expect from a luxury vehicle, throwing in some unusual but functional options that help justify the price tag that can easily top $95,000 if you let it.
Seat Adjustments Made Easy
We appreciate that many vehicles allow multiple drivers to save their preferred seating position. But Mercedes makes it even easier for drivers to get comfortable. On the infotainment touchscreen, simply enter your height, and the seats and steering wheel will automatically adjust to the correct position.
Sure, the GLE has plenty of relaxing massage programs for the driver and passenger to select, including “wave massage,”http://www.motortrend.com/”mobilizing massage,” and “classic massage.” But Mercedes also offers a feature called “seat kinetics,” which makes small movements to the seat cushion and backrest every now and then to keep drivers energized.
Like many Mercedes interiors, the GLE is not for the shy. When it turns dark outside, the interior looks like a nightclub with a choice of 64 different light colors. These lights illuminate everything from the dashboard to the doors and footwells. You can enjoy a constant rotation of colors thanks to different themes such as “Ocean Blue” and “Red Moon,” and brightness can also be adjusted to your preference. In both the front and second rows of our tester, the light changes to blue when you lower the cabin temperature and red when you heat it up.