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2017 350 GLE 4matic

Ray Maddalone, 02/19/2018
GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
65 of 65 people found this review helpful

This review is for a previously owned 2017 I purchased in 2018. I'd give it a 4.5 stars but couldn't see how to do that so I filled out the subratings to help. I traded a 2010 RD E350 Sport for this essentially 7 month old 350 GLE 4matic a little over 9000 miles on it. My other car is a beloved 2014 Audi Q5 TDI (still the best power plant on the planet). The 350 GLE is big, heavy (4600 lb) 5 passenger SUV. It has a large cargo area (much larger than the Q5) and with the rear seats folded down at least twice as much. This review is based on the road trip of 200 miles to pick it up at an out of town dealer and trips around our hometown (mixed driving). I was motivated to do this because I felt the Edmunds video review was unfair assessment compared to the written write-up. The author in the video commented negatively on the ride, lack of road feel in the steering and the blind spots due to the pillars. This is not an off-road SUV though it has a "setting" for it. This is your classic MBZ ride (firm but not jarring with an overall soft feel that still leaves you in control). It is the car you would take on the long trip because of that and the excellent front seats. Yes the steering is like butter but what you expect from this class of vehicle. It is not hazardous soft. It goes where you point it and you don't have to work to park this large vehicle. I don't see the issue for the segment and target audience (more mature drivers looking for luxury ride and appointments). Yes compared to the Q5 the GLE side mirrors are smaller, but the side blind spot warning is excellent. So even if the car alongside me was not in the mirror, it was noted in the mirror via the warning lights. It is not a safety issue. I can see already that gas mileage is going to be 19-20 mph on the highway at the 70+ mph I'm usually going. Moving 4600 lbs will do that. Acceleration is more than adequate. I have played with changing to the Sport setting and it appears to make for smoother starts because in the Comfort mode you have to work the accelerator carefully to start smoothly. Sport starts in 1st gear rather than 2nd the acceleration is cleaner, at least to me. Braking is good, you just have to apply it harder than I am used to. Either the Q5 diesel deceleration or the E350 lighter weight required less braking to coast to stop. Just a learned skill for this larger car. While the screen icons are updated compared to the 2010 E350, the overall layout of the controls is essentially the same as the 2010 system but the system seems to respond better perhaps because of a better processor. The "mouse" pad is not my favorite so far as I use the control knob in the joystick mode to move around the screen. One comment on CPO versus non-CPO cars. We got this SUV before it was CPO'd. There was nothing stopping it getting CPO'd other than it was ready for sale. The dealer said if it had been CPO'd, it would have added around $2500 to the sale price. What you get for that is one year more of warranty without a mileage limit. Yes there is a checklist but the elements of the overall warranty remain exactly the same in either case. Given this vehicle had almost 3.5 years left on the warranty, I did not feel that it was worth the CPO. You should search and read the Edmund's article on CPO versus non-CPO. They pretty much lay out the reason to not worry about buying a pre-owned vs. CPO pre-owned under the right conditions. This car met them and I ended up saving the cash getting the car for $15K below its original MRSP. Car had P1, P2 and Parking assist packages, 20 inch tires with special rims and a towing hitch (which I won't use). You really must get the Parking Assist package because the surround view is well worth it.

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Best luxury SUV.

BMWfan, 11/06/2016
GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
53 of 56 people found this review helpful

You can read the reviews and buy a Volvo XC90 or Audi Q7.....or you can buy a car that exudes luxury and looks much more than it costs. The GLE is safe, luxurious, technologically advanced (it drives itself with adaptive cruise control and lane assist), and comfy. I test drove all of the major luxury SUVs -- Audi, BMW, Range Rover, Volvo, Jaguar, Porsche. I also test drove the SUVs that are considered best sellers in their class -- Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, etc. This car blows all of them out of the water in terms of value. The new Volvo and Audi may sound like they are technologically superior based on their Car & Driver reviews since they are new...however, the same technology is available in a more luxurious GLE for thousands less than the Audi, and the reliability is in a class above the Volvo. The Audi also looks like a boring Dodge minivan in contrast to the beautiful lines on the GLE. This is not a sporty SUV like the BMW X5....but I am not the kind of person who buys an SUV to replace my sedan....this is the large functional family car. It is also much more luxurious than the spartan BMW interior design (BMW X5 is plastic-like on its interior; the GLE is significantly more luxurious). I want comfy, luxurious, practical, and value in my SUV. The GLE fulfills all of those criteria. Additionally, it is significantly safer. Best purchase ever. Glad I didn't read the reviews and buy the Audi.

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Most comfortable ride Ive ever had

Jmp325, 10/10/2016
GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
23 of 25 people found this review helpful

I drive about 20,000 miles a year for work, so I needed something that would be comfortable and also safe, and the GLE 350 is both! Not to mention stylish and sporty, its the total package.

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Five stars for this outstanding machine

john trela, 10/06/2016
GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
28 of 31 people found this review helpful

This car is nothing but class. Previously I owned an ML 350 2012, and this one is more superior. While the Mercedes ride is as smooth as ever, the navigation system is much easier to work with and the 360° Camera for backing upis wonderful. The interior of the car is soft very I appealing to the eye and has very nice ambience lighting. Acceleration is terrific as is the sound system. Five stars for sure. Pricey, but worth every penny.

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Perfect SUV in so many ways

DelightedBenzOwner, 07/12/2020
GLE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Coming from an older E350, I expected similar luxury and strong engine. Nope, it is far superior. Owned it 1 month, and I drive a lot. Fantastic ride (no body roll or dips), excellent over NY bumps, powerful V6, and top notch interior. The only thing I don't like is that the 2 cupholders in front are different sizes, one for a normal size water bottle, and one for a smaller coffee cup size. Riding with my wife, we each have a water bottle and hers doesn't fit. Crazy. But EVERYTHING else about this baby is great. Mercedes tend to not hold their value, which is great - the sticker on this was $68K in 2017. I just bought it in June 2020 for $32K! I'm sure glad it didn't hold its value for the first 3 years. For that price it had 44K miles but it's dealer certified. My E350 had 178K miles and was still going strong - nothing major ever happened to it, but the MB-Tex was ripping badly. So I have no doubt I will own this puppy for a long time. What I Like Most: 1. Leather seats - mine had the $1,620 option, very hard to find. 2. Large gas tank (24.6 gal) - means not stopping to fill often. 3. Ride - just smooth as can be. 4. Appearance - what a beauty. 5. Sound system - Harmon Kardon isn't great but it's good enough; has Satellite, Bluetooth streaming, single CD player, HD radio, SD disk, USB, and CarPlay. 6. Ride height - not too high (like a Jeep). What I Dislike Most: Cupholders, that's it. Actually just 1 cupholder. The other is fine. And they heat and cool at the touch of a button. It won't chill your drink, but it will keep it cold if it already is. There's no real difference in the model in any of the years 2016-2019, so grab one in that range and you will get a luxury, quality SUV. In 2020 they went to a 4-cyl turbo. It's prob fine but the V6 is very quiet and doesn't hesitate at the least. Compared with the X5 (top heavy with body roll), Macan (too small but rode great, terrible sound system). Cayenne (rode like a nice boat), Q5 (small and noisy), Santa Fe (2020 had tons of features, but body and front seat springs made creaking sounds), F-Pace (rough ride test drive over bumpy NY roads), Discovery Sport (basically a junior F-Pace).

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