• 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

    A brand new look for the 2020 GLE350 Different yet familiar.
  • Tail lights are very distinctive X5, Cayenne.. all going with a thiner design
  • GLE profile looks very familiar with the typical GLE C-pilar The base 'understated' trim looks appropriate on our 4-Cyl turbo 350.
  • My favorite GLE angle. it looks like nothing else. the triangular trunk lights are looking gooood.
  • High-end interior quality with stitching and gadget everywhere. Note the neverending LCD on the dashboard.
  • 12 inch dash lcd. and all the controls your fingertips will ever wish for.
  • 12 inch infotainment. The MBUX is pretty AND functional.
  • New center console handles similar to the first gen porsche cayenne. they are thick enough to double duty as extended arm rests.
  • S-class type center console with a row of vents then a row of linear buttons below That are alone gives tons of old school character to the interior. The wood grain is beautiful.
  • The infotainment is controlled via the touch-screen itself OR the large console trackpad OR the tiny steering wheel trackpad No more wheel controls, it is all touch from here on.
  • Glovebox hides a removable perfume glass bottle.
  • Rear doors offer electric sunshades. No more getting in and out to bring these things down in order to open the windows. nice.
  • with a 3" longer wheelbase, the GLE offers a lot more legroom than the competition
  • Rear passenger have their own climate control system A must have in this class
  • Rear hatch opens upward as one piece
  • Tailgate lowering button on the righthand side of the trunk Make it easier to load or reach items in the trunk
  • Rear seats fold flat
  • More cargo capacity than the BMW X5 All thanks to the longer wheel base.
  • Under the trunk carpet hides a real spare tire. Our tester does not ride on run flat tires
  • The 4-Cyl turbo is powerful but it will jerk you around if you try to mistreat it. Plenty of power to drive as intended.
  • The 2020 new Mercedes facia applied to the GLE
  • The base trim with unpainted trim pieces - rugged ? or understated ? If you want these trim painted, a sport / amg package is available.
  • MB emblems features a defrost function to work under cold climates
  • E-Class = 2 light bars, our tester has the LED headlights
  • Mirrors project a MB logo on the ground at night Show off ;0
  • Wheel arches are lined with sound insulation The quality extends everywhere. No details left untouched.
  • Super tight panel gaps.
  • All four door handle have keyless detection
  • Door lock 'tab' show the new faux aluminum look featured around the GLE
  • The interior is clean and futuristic, just the right blend. The interior is really impressive, everything is so well executed.
  • Roof rack feels rugged but a tad cheap I prefer the low profile racks but this will allow you to strap things without the need for cross bars.
  • The GLE C-Pillar trademark
  • The GLE350 is the entry level, a 450 trim offers the smooth and powerful 6-Cylinders
  • Stay with the 350 and you will enjoy greater fuel economy
  • Cool detail on the roof - rugged embossed lines
  • Backup camera retract fully to stay clean when you need it. Coming unchanged from the previous generation GLE.
  • Note the additional side sensor in the bumper Offering more feedback when parking
  • Fake exhaust tips will stay pristine forever
  • The real pipe blow to the ground to avoid black soot stains.
  • New faux metal button matching the Burghmeister speakers
  • Cluster offer two side vents, one is fake. Only the one to the right blows air, the right side is only there for symetry.
  • Pictured here the right side fake vent.
  • Very pretty wood grain symetry on the steering wheel.
  • The LCD panel is always a treat.
  • The sterring column telectops electrically... expected
  • More faux metail on the headlight switch plate. It is to be seen how this finish will stand over time.
  • The start/stop button is located extremely low on the console At knee hight and you can't see it when seated straight in front of the steering wheel
  • Side by side the engine start button and the on/off switch for the auto-stop feature.
  • A neat sunglass holder, too bad they dont have one of the concave mirror to check rear passenger Something soccer mom would have appreciated
  • Basic pedals
  • Detail of the leather grain. Our brown leather features multiple textures, perforated, skin grain, smooth...
  • Trunk release low on the driver side door.
  • The long line of climate control button are functional but the feel is average.
  • The future is here, all USB plug are usb-c only.
  • Driver window controls, note the rear button logo to indicate the electric shades.
  • slick thin stalks on both sides.
  • Steering control for the cruise control (bottom) and dash cluster (top)
  • Steering controls for the center screen (top) and sound/phone (bottom)
  • On the left - a wireless charging plate for your phone
  • Glovebox storage for the perfume cartridge.
  • The Mercedes Benz branded perfume bottle
  • Behind the front seat, a plate allow optional LCD screends for rear passengers
  • Carbon fiber cowl looks pretty cool on a base SUV.
  • Superwide angle backup camera
  • usual backup camera with top view (left)
  • The 2020 Mercedes Benz GLE keyfob
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE
  • the 'old' 2018 Mercedes GLE

When tech matters more than engine size.

The 2020 GLE is about to hit the US showrooms in late spring 2019, and let me tell to all SUV buyers out there, wait for it! This new generation is absolutely ground breaking when it comes to technology. No wonder Mercedes-Benz skipped the 2019 year model and jump straight into 2020. The new infotainment system called MBUX is stunning to look at and I wondered how I lived before without the self driving capabilities offered in these kind of vehicles. Follow me on a photo reportage of the GLE features.

2020 GLE350 Exterior

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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A brand new look for the 2020 GLE350
Different yet familiar.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Tail lights are very distinctive
X5, Cayenne.. all going with a thiner design
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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GLE profile looks very familiar with the typical GLE C-pilar
The base ’understated’ trim looks appropriate on our 4-Cyl turbo 350.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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My favorite GLE angle. it looks like nothing else.
the triangular trunk lights are looking gooood.

Interior

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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High-end interior quality with stitching and gadget everywhere.
Note the neverending LCD on the dashboard.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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12 inch dash lcd.
and all the controls your fingertips will ever wish for.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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12 inch infotainment.
The MBUX is pretty AND functional.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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New center console handles similar to the first gen porsche cayenne.
they are thick enough to double duty as extended arm rests.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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S-class type center console with a row of vents then a row of linear buttons below
That are alone gives tons of old school character to the interior. The wood grain is beautiful.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The infotainment is controlled via the touch-screen itself OR the large console trackpad OR the tiny steering wheel trackpad
No more wheel controls, it is all touch from here on.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Glovebox hides a removable perfume glass bottle.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Rear doors offer electric sunshades.
No more getting in and out to bring these things down in order to open the windows. nice.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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with a 3" longer wheelbase, the GLE offers a lot more legroom than the competition
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Rear hatch opens upward as one piece
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Tailgate lowering button on the righthand side of the trunk
Make it easier to load or reach items in the trunk
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Rear seats fold flat
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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More cargo capacity than the BMW X5
All thanks to the longer wheel base.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Under the trunk carpet hides a real spare tire.
Our tester does not ride on run flat tires

Engine

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The 4-Cyl turbo is powerful but it will jerk you around if you try to mistreat it.
Plenty of power to drive as intended.
2020 GLE350 vs 2020 GLE450
GLE350 GLE450
Cylinders 4-cyl 6-cyl
Turbo yes yes
Disp. 2.0L 3.0L
Power 255 hp 367 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft 369 lb-ft
Gearbox 9 speed 9 speed
0-60 7s 5.5s
topspeed 130mph 130mph

2020 GLE driving impressions

Our 2020 GLE featured full air suspensions and the new 4-Cyl turbo engine, allowing us to get a good idea of these two very important option choices for GLE. First let’s say that the ’dynamic’ button in the center console really does make a difference in terms of driving dynamics.Mercedes is certainly the champion of air suspensions. Often hated for their high maintenance cost, they do offer more range than traditional metal springs. This latest iteration is the pinacle of the air suspension system, offering multiple ride heights and comfort level, at the press of a button. Press the sport setting and you will really feel the difference from the comfort settings. It is much tighter, firmer and willing to tackles twisty roads. The steering feel is good but with the big tires and high center of gravity are there to remind you the GLE is not feather sport car. Body roll is ok, but I bet it could use the help of some active body control system like the Mercedes E-Body control package. That option is supposed to eliminate body roll, and even tilt the car in the direction it is going, like a motorcycle. Our tester was geared more toward comfort and off-road capabilities. Considering how much capabilities are baked in the air suspension, I would recommend buyer to test the GLE with and without it before making a decision. The 350 4-Cyl engine is perfect for driving around town at reasonable pace. Should you need to move faster quicker, it can get a bit jerky and noisy. I am surprised Mercedes did not manage to completely insulate the cabin from the lame engine noise. The gearbox is sometime jerky when it is hunting for gears, trying to squeeze power from the four potter, but if you can control your gas input and keep it smooth, the power delivery is great and gas mileage is good. We average 18MPG around town, not bad for a vehicle this size. I do not see a real need getting the GLE450 6 cylinders unless you are an enthusiast or may be drive on steep incline often.

Amazing driving assist

Autopilot is the one thing everybody wants to have these days, and while Tesla seems to get all the press talking about their system, Mercedes-Benz is actually on top of their game as well. The S-Class has been a leader in radar cruise control and lane keep assist for many years, and now the lower E-Class range get similar systems for a lot less money. The assisted driving capabilities of the 2020 GLE are just amazing in their performance and ease of use. Engage the cruise control and you will jump right in adaptive cruise, meaning the car will keeps its distance from the vehicle right in front of you, while staying under the maximum speed you selected. You can increase or decrease the space between cars via a simple button on the steering. Nothing ground breaking just yet. But wait, a second or two and if you see a green steering wheel light coming on the dash, you are automatically in lane keep assist mode. If you want to keep driving with the cruise control as usual, you can, and the steering assistant will be hard to notice. The magic happens when you lift your hands from the steering, the car just keep driving and stay inside its lane. Click a turn signal and the car will switch lane! The best part is that you can still control the car as you would without the assistant. The steering feedback is really where the magic happens, just the right about of force to either let the car drive itself, or take control yourself. For the anecdote, I was really impressed when driving under drive assist in a two way street. A truck was unloading blocking my lane, the drive assist switched lane automatically and got back on the right lane after passing the truck... I could not believe it, it is that smart. I would not trust it with my life though, as the system stay active with little too much optimism. When the system realize it can’t tell which way to go, the warning is very late, and you better have been watching and catching the car before it goes into the ditch. But that would only happen if you trust the system at high speed on road with poor markings. At low speed, in traffic or well marked roads, the drive assist is just fantastic and I could not pardon myself not to check that particular option box.

Heaven is in the details

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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MB emblems features a defrost function to work under cold climates
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The 2020 new Mercedes facia applied to the GLE
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The base trim with unpainted trim pieces - rugged ? or understated ?
If you want these trim painted, a sport / amg package is available.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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E-Class = 2 light bars, our tester has the LED headlights
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Mirrors project a MB logo on the ground at night
Show off ;0
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Wheel arches are lined with sound insulation
The quality extends everywhere. No details left untouched.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Super tight panel gaps.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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All four door handle have keyless detection
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Door lock ’tab’ show the new faux aluminum look featured around the GLE
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The interior is clean and futuristic, just the right blend.
The interior is really impressive, everything is so well executed.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Roof rack feels rugged but a tad cheap
I prefer the low profile racks but this will allow you to strap things without the need for cross bars.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The GLE C-Pillar trademark
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The GLE350 is the entry level, a 450 trim offers the smooth and powerful 6-Cylinders
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Stay with the 350 and you will enjoy greater fuel economy
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Backup camera retract fully to stay clean when you need it.
Coming unchanged from the previous generation GLE.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Note the additional side sensor in the bumper
Offering more feedback when parking
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Fake exhaust tips will stay pristine forever
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The real pipe blow to the ground to avoid black soot stains.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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New faux metal button matching the Burghmeister speakers
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Cluster offer two side vents, one is fake.
Only the one to the right blows air, the right side is only there for symetry.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Pictured here the right side fake vent.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Very pretty wood grain symetry on the steering wheel.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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More faux metail on the headlight switch plate.
It is to be seen how this finish will stand over time.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Side by side the engine start button and the on/off switch for the auto-stop feature.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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A neat sunglass holder, too bad they dont have one of the concave mirror to check rear passenger
Something soccer mom would have appreciated
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Detail of the leather grain.
Our brown leather features multiple textures, perforated, skin grain, smooth...
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The future is here, all USB plug are usb-c only.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Driver window controls, note the rear button logo to indicate the electric shades.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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slick thin stalks on both sides.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Steering control for the cruise control (bottom) and dash cluster (top)
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Steering controls for the center screen (top) and sound/phone (bottom)
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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On the left - a wireless charging plate for your phone
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Glovebox storage for the perfume cartridge.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The Mercedes Benz branded perfume bottle
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Behind the front seat, a plate allow optional LCD screends for rear passengers
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Carbon fiber cowl looks pretty cool on a base SUV.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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Superwide angle backup camera
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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usual backup camera with top view (left)
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
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The 2020 Mercedes Benz GLE keyfob

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 - Original videos

We have taken a couple of cool videos of the GLE350, and also took the time to shoot long videos of the new MBUX menu system. They are pretty lengthy but will give you a good idea of the customization level offered by the system. A few days after shooting the video we discovered even more options... The word to learn here is ’menu jumping’, you will do a lot of these, but only if you want to.

Walk around highlight - 30 sec.

Navigation Augmented Reality (AR) highlight - 30 sec

Dashboard - long video - 4 min

MBUX center screen - long video - 9 min

2020 Mercedes GLE350 - Walk around - long video - 4 min

conclusion

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is reclaiming its top spot in the German luxury SUV segment. The previous generation was lagging behind, but the new MBUX infotainment is catapulting it ahead of the competition. All the S-Class goodies are now trickling down the E-Class, at a more affordable price and as usual with Mercedes-Benz, the once unachievable luxury of their flagship is now available to the mere mortal. The GLE just performed above my expectation in all department. It is not a sports car but it shine right where a Mercedes-Benz should, comfort, luxury, quality and advanced technologies. Just breathtaking!

don’t forget to ask me your questions or post comments about the GLE350 in the comment box below, I’ll do my best to answer them.

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