Mercedes GLE (2015-2019) review - Interior, design and technology

All the Mercedes styling cues are present, but the GLE is looking a little dated now

As with the GLE Coupe, the regular GLE’s nose is much sleeker compared to the square-set ML model it replaced. The headlights flow back into the wings, with the large radiator grille and Mercedes logo dominating the front-end design. Underneath there are another three large grilles that give the GLE even more visual presence. 

Moving away from the front and down the car’s sides, the overall shape looks more familiar, with minimal changes to the car’s panels. It’s much the same at the rear, with the most notable alterations over the old car a new set of taillights and a revised rear bumper that features chromed exhausts depending on the model. 

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Despite this, the visual makeover is still a success. Mercedes has blended its curvier design language with the boxy proportions of the old car to great effect and the GLE is definitely an improvement visually. 

The cabin has also been overhauled, with a central tablet screen as part of the infotainment system. It’s flanked by two large air vents, but with a thick bezel around the edge of the display, it’s not quite as slick as systems in rivals like the BMW X5. It’s also not as intuitive to use as BMW’s iDrive either.


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