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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

Auto writers praise the GLE-Class' interior for its first-rate materials and elegant styling. According to test drivers, the 2016 GLE-Class has a quiet cabin with comfortable seats. Still, some critics say visibility is poor in GLE-Class Coupe models. Reviewers like the large, clear dashboard display screen and say the infotainment system is fairly easy to use with some practice. The GLE-Class has more cargo space than most competitors.

  • "Interior appointments will not disappoint the three-pointed-star faithful, either. Fine leather and aluminum abound as usual, this time joined by large swaths of carbon fiber, and the latest in Mercedes-Benz infotainment is on tap alongside safety features like Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, collision prevention assist, and attention assist." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior upgrade is rather more significant, primarily because the updated COMAND system places the control dial under a touch pad, à la 2015 C-class, while a large display screen stands prominently between two giant air vents. The rest of the dash and the door panels are unchanged, but between the new upper-dash components and the sumptuous materials, the cabin looks and feels more upscale than any M-class model's ever did." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior is spectacular with its high-gloss wood trim, stitched leather, and well-crafted elements." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class seats five on leatherette upholstery. Heated and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, multi-contour massaging front seats and leather upholstery are available. Reviewers say the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has comfortable seats and a quiet interior. Some critics say the GLE-Class Coupe's sloping roofline creates poor rearward visibility.

  • "… I use this term judiciously, visibility sucks. The sloping roof and high tail make rear vision so difficult the driver has to rely almost entirely on the rear camera to back up. The same applies for using the rear-view mirror, making lane changes and monitoring traffic behind you more dicey than in other standard SUVs. Out of the front, visibility is also limited due to wide A-pillars that tend to block the driver's line of sight." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "Whether speeding down the autobahn or stuck in a stau, the GLE will wrap its occupants in pure comfort. The ride is deliciously smooth and remarkably quiet; very little of the outside world seeps into the cabin." -- Motor Trend
  • "Compared to the standard GLE, the Coupe fulfills its mission as a racy SUV. Interior room is cozier, but at five-foot-eleven we have no problem with headroom in the rear, so long as nobody judges our posture." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class comes standard with a 7-inch display with an infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, Bluetooth, a USB port, a collision prevention warning system, a driver drowsiness alert system and a Pre-Safe system which adjusts seat belts, head rests and closes windows when an accident is imminent. Available features include a Surround View camera, navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen premium surround-sound stereo, tri-zone climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and pre-collision braking.

Reviewers like the GLE-Class' large, iPad-like dashboard display screen and say using the COMAND infotainment system via the large, round controller is fairly easy after some initial use. Still, a few critics think the climate control buttons are outdated.

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  • "Below the big screen are the infotainment and HVAC controls that we've been looking at since 2012. They feel really old now - perhaps because these same dials and buttons were in the E-Class sedan in mid-2009." -- Autoblog
  • "The large display screen at the top of the center stack is clean and looks like an iPad mounted nicely between two vents. The center console includes the easy to use COMAND controller to click through the different screens." -- Motor Trend
  • The COMAND infotainment system is powerful, though it will take some practice before you achieve fluency. Its graphics are attractive, but it's not as smooth as some of the other systems in similar luxury vehicles." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2016 GLE-Class has 38.2 cubic feet of space with its rear seats in use and 80.3 cubic feet with them folded. That's more cargo space than most rivals offer. However, the GLE550e Hybrid loses some of that space to its battery.

  • "The downside of the GLE550e is its significantly compromised rear trunk capacity. Exact measurements aren't yet available for the plug-in (non-hybrid models have 38.2 cu ft of trunk space), but figure you'll be able to fit at least one fewer suitcase with the space occupied by the battery." -- Automobile Magazine

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