Is the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 A Good Luxury SUV For The Family?
I had the keys to this GLE450 for a week. Here are my thoughts.
Mercedes-Benz is known world-wide for being luxurious and providing comfort at all times. We see it in the sedans and in some other larger SUV's. But, can it be done with a smaller and more compact SUV? This luxury and comfort involves style, convenience, and performance. Does the GLE 450 make the cut? Let's dig in and find out.
The exterior styling of the GLE 450 is luxurious. The lines are elegant and smooth. What helps the GLE 450 is that the designer did not forget the rear. It was turned into the final stroke of the painters brush. Mercedes-Benz created the GLE 450 to stand poised like a race horse. Sure, it is small on the outside but that is why it is a compact SUV. The GLE 450 is a bit of a masterpiece in its own right. What helps is the little tidbits of AMG pieces added to the design.
Comfort and convenience. The two "C' words for one who wants the kind luxury expected by Mercedes-Benz in an SUV. Well, the GLE 450 is able to keep the expectations going with how great the designer blended the leather, metal, and the rest of the trim come together. A bonus, the seats are comfortable as ever. Sitting in them are as comfortable as the sofa in a family room, but they're heated and ventilated in the front. The one problem, the third row is pretty much useless. Space is the opposite of abundant for the third row of seats. As for convenience, there is little movement needed when everything is at the drivers fingertips; gear selector, wipers, scrolling through the infotainment system and getting through the system, or even changing the ambient lighting color. To touch it off, to make calls, use GPS, or anything else, anyone in the car can start by saying, "Mercedes," followed by the command.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this GLE 450 cost? $76,480 to be exact. What does the GLE 450 come with for someone looking to buy it? For safety, the GLE 450 has an advance airbag protection system, Attention assist, active parking assist, active braking assist, blind spot assist, parking assistance with surround view, and predictive occupant-protection system. For comfort and convenience, the infotainment system has Bluetooth connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice control, satellite navigation, heated and ventilated leather front seats and leather seats all around, heated powered tilting and telescoping steering wheel, Burmester surround system, wireless phone charging, ambient lighting, and a gesture touch pad.
The 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 motor under the hood of the GLE 450 produces 362 horsepower and 369 pounds of torque. But that is not relevant when it comes to luxury other than needing to get to highway speeds. How is the ride comfort? It is a definition of luxury. Long journeys can be made without any spinal problems thanks to the suspension and seat comfort. Steering is light and nimble. Overall, it is remarkable. Fuel economy is pretty impressive. With my driving habits, I as able to achieve 20 miles per gallon. The fuel economy that the GLE 450 is rated at is 19 miles to the gallon in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and a combined economy of 21 mpg. For those who buy a Mercedes-Benz though are not necessarily the type to worry about fuel economy.
So, is the GLE 450 a good luxury SUV for the family? From everything gathered, it is. The GLE 450 has great ride comfort, offers luxury and easy access with added convenience, and the elegant styling. But, there is just one thing; Just do not get the third row unless it is to be used for pets. The night time ambient lighting adds to this luxury. Pick any color from the scroll and tht will be the color that illuminates the interior. The GLE 450 is an SUV the family can appreciate. Luxury, comfort, and convenience.
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