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Mercedes GLE SUV (2011-2018) - Interior & comfort

The Mercedes GLE dashboard is well built and equipment is generous

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3.3 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

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Like the rest of the Mercedes range, the GLE has a very well built dashboard and oozes luxury. The interior has seen a raft of improvements to keep the SUV up-to-date with its rivals.

Mercedes GLE dashboard

The GLE's dashboard isn't quite as fluid-looking as those in the C-Class and S-Class saloons, but it's very solid and hard to find fault with in terms of its fit and finish. It definitely feels like a premium product and helps to justify the car's high price tag.

We have a slight issue with the infotainment system, though. It’s not quite on par with the likes of BMW's iDrive setup, as the screen looks chunky and doesn't seem as slick as those in other German SUVs like the Audi Q7. In fact, it looks a little like a first-generation iPad, where the screen is housed in a thick border of useless space. The rotary dial used for selecting the drive mode is awkwardly placed and a little clunky to use, too.

Equipment

There might just be one trim level offered – the AMG Night Edition – but it is very well equipped with Mercedes' Active Parking Assist system with a reversing camera, LED headlights, DAB digital radio, keyless entry and climate control, 20-inch alloy wheels, a stylish AMG bodykit, sports seats and sports brakes.

Options

For an additional £2,795 Mercedes offers a Premium Plus packages for the GLE. This includes a Parking Pilot with a 360-degree camera with a 'realistic all-round view', a panoramic glass roof, Harman Kardon stereo system and keyless entry. There are several other option packs to choose from including a Driving Assistance package, Dynamic package and an Off-Road package.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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