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.
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.
All going well with purchase, BUT tried to download the Mercedes Benz Apps that comes with the 5 year mbrace Connect. Nothing. Mercedes and mbrace say there's no current fix. Of course, you can't check this out until after you buy the car and register it with mbrace. Dealership says, not our problem, mbrace says you aren't paying for it, so we'll fix when/if we fix it. Two months and waiting. Mercedes shouldn't advertise it if they're not going to back it up. Otherwise, a tad stiffer than the 'comfort' mode would lead you to believe, but quiet with nice interior. It comes with a spare tire and jack. (I hate run flats.) +Seems about 3" higher than similar SUV's. It does, however, have limiting feature for the lift gate if you're parking it in a garage to prevent scraping from the overhead The Premium 1 package has the basics you need. Suggest the Parking Assist package just because having the surround view is a hoot.
Great ride and handling as you can expect with German Cars in general. I owned the ML350 before and I thought it had better ride than this one. Gas mileage is OK and consistent with specifications. Roomy interior but higher seats seem to interfere with tall person getting in and out. Pros: looks sharp and has a great road feel. Lane departure warning is excellent and highly recommended. Cons: electronics user interface are extremely poor, even dangerous. Voice command is decade old technology. Don't waist your money on Smartronix package it is useless at best - Does not self park as you might be led to believe and the cameras do not activate automatically when you pull into a parking spot. Small screen without touch screen option is a HUGE miss considering the cumbersome user interface. I bought the car 2 months ago because Android Auto is a "must have". The car is already in the shop because Android Auto is not working. Just think That because something sounds great, it may not be implemented as such. Mercedes has not been able to fix the Android Auto problem and has no projected date when it will be! Mercedes is a hollow brand, neither luxury nor reliability or customer service.