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AutoNation Drive | Sep 08, 2020

As the entry-level GLE-class crossover, you might think this crossover is lacking. But look beyond the pecking order and you'll be surprised at just how good it is. In this video we'll dig into all the features that make this new GLE the best ever offered.

Larger than a GLC, but still classed as a mid-size crossover, the GLE can offer more simply because it's a larger vehicle. It competes directly with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5. Pricing on the GLE350 starts at $54,250. The model we're testing today features a number of upgrades, bringing the price to $65,690 including delivery and destination.

Under the hood is the same turbo-charged two-liter inline four found in the GLC 300. It puts out 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz says this can pull a zero-to-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is surprisingly good for the size. One key reason the GLE is so popular is the available third row and plenty of space to carry things. With the third row folded you're looking at 33.3 cubic-feet of cargo space. Fold all rows down with a flick of a switch and it grows to 74.9 cubic-feet. The second row can even fit large adults in comfort.

Up front is where the GLE 350 really impresses. The overall design is airy and upscale. The highlight being the gorgeous integrated displays along the dash. This combines both gauges and infotainment into one integrated unit. Other elements of the interior feature excellent materials and useful design. It even features wireless mobile charging for compatible devices.

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To navigate the main display you can use either the central touch-pad, or wheel-mounted controls. Navigating with the built-in system is easy since you can simply write out letters with a finger or use voice commands. Expand the capabilities by plugging in your mobile device for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration.

The GLE 350 is loaded with advanced safety. From active braking and lane detection to blind-spot assist and a backup camera system with surround-view this is the safest GLE yet. You can even switch cameras. The digital display can be modified to suit your tastes with a wide variety of information and styles.

On the road, the GLE 350 never feels big. It's surprisingly quick and handles corners with ease. The coil-spring suspension is mostly on the soft side, which is entirely appropriate for the category. If you want a sportier-feeling crossover, Mercedes always offers the GLC or the multitude of AMG models. A nine-speed transmission is standard. It does what it's supposed to without drama. Ask for a passing gear and it's happy to oblige. The available 4Matic all-wheel drive keeps the GLE moving forward even when the weather gets slippery.

With all the comfort and technology packed into this crossover, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is still one of the best choices in the mid-size luxury market at a price that might surprise you, considering all the features available.

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