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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has an extremely well-built interior. The cabin looks stylish, and every surface features high-quality materials like leather, wood, or carbon fiber. Both rows of seats are comfortable and roomy enough to accommodate adults. Cargo space is above average for the class. There are plenty of standard and available tech features, and the infotainment system is fairly intuitive.

  • "The GLE features excellent build quality. All the numerous interior pieces fit together perfectly, without any creaks or rattles. The exterior body gaps and paint were excellent, as was the leather quality on the seats and dash." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The GLE seats five. Leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a power tilt-and-telescoping Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cup holders, sport seats with Nappa leather, and heated rear seats are available.

The large doors make it easy to get in and out of the GLE, and you’ll appreciate how easily you can find a terrific driving position. Visibility is good in all directions in the standard GLE, but it’s limited in coupe models. Both rows of seats are comfortable and spacious, and even the coupe’s rear seats have adequate room for most adults.

For those with children, the GLE’s LATCH system includes lower anchors on both outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all three rear seats. All anchors are easy to find and access, and the system earns a usability rating of Good (the highest possible) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • "Adults will find comfort and space no matter where they sit, as the tallish ride height means the transmission tunnel barely eats into the cabin." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "… I use this term judiciously, visibility sucks [in the coupe]. 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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the GLE include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and the COMAND infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, a drowsiness monitor, and Mercedes-Benz Pre-Safe, which tightens the seat belts, closes the windows, and locks the doors when the GLE senses a crash is imminent.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, crosswind assist, and a surround-view parking camera.

The infotainment system may look daunting at first, but it’s generally user-friendly and intuitive. The COMAND controller knob takes time to master, however, and it can make adjusting some settings more difficult. Fortunately, there are also physical controls for some functions.

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  • "The infotainment system can be intimidating at first because of its myriad features and customization possibilities, but in practice it works fairly well. The availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is a nice addition, too." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

The GLE provides 38.2 cubic feet of room with the rear seats up and 80.3 cubic feet with them folded down. While those are above-average totals for a luxury midsize SUV, they are not class-leading. GLE coupes have less cargo space: 23 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 60.7 cubes with them folded.

A power liftgate comes standard, and the rear seats fold completely flat, giving you a nice, even cargo floor to facilitate loading and organizing cargo. In the GLE 550e, the hybrid battery pack takes up room in the cargo area.

  • Cargo space is about what you'd expect for this segment. The cargo area is taller than it is wide, and the load floor is surprisingly high. The rear seat bottoms fold up, making an additional cargo area, and the seatbacks then fold down flat, although you have to lower the headrest to get everything to fit." -- Edmunds
  • "The downside of the GLE550e is its significantly compromised rear trunk capacity. Exact measurements aren't yet available for the plug-in … but figure you'll be able to fit at least one fewer suitcase with the space occupied by the battery." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

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