Mercedes GLE (2015-2019) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The GLE offers plenty of room for a five-seat SUV
The GLE’s vast dimensions mean interior space isn’t a problem. There’s lots of room in the rear, with plenty of headroom and legroom, so longer journeys should be easy. Even short trips with three adults in the back should be fine.
There’s enough boot space to swallow five people’s luggage, too. With the rear seats up the GLE boasts 690 litres in its load bay – except for the hybrid, as the battery pack eats into the luggage compartment and cuts usable space down to 480 litres. It also raises the boot floor so you’ll have to lift bags even higher to get them in the back.
With big doors that open wide, access to the rear is easy, and with lots of glass area visibility is good. Plus the standard-fit reversing camera and parking sensors help with manoeuvring.
Unlike some rivals, the GLE-Class doesn't have the option of seven seats, although the car's packaging means that these would be rather cramped if they were offered.
In this review
- 1Mercedes GLE (2015-2019) reviewThe Mercedes GLE is a rebadge of the ML-Class with a mild facelift and newer tech, but it's showing its age now
- 2Engines, performance and driveBig, heavy GLE is a comfortable cruiser, while AMG models are rapid
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsGLE is relatively thirsty, but plug-in hybrid model helps cut costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyAll the Mercedes styling cues are present, but the GLE is looking a little dated now
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe GLE offers plenty of room for a five-seat SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetyML earned five stars from Euro NCAP, and the GLE has even more safety kit