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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Walk Around


Handsome throughout in either body style, the current GLE has a refined, almost carlike, appearance. Wider than some midsize SUVs, the GLE flaunts rather emphatic front-end styling, framed by sculpted fenders.

Available LED lighting helps establish a sense of modernity. Though formal and attractive, the rear end is a bit ordinary, with rectangular exhaust outlets.

Sporting a fashionable, lower-slung roof, Coupes suffer a reduction in practicality for passengers. Critics may scoff, but the four-door GLE Coupe makes quite an impression.

Interior

Most notably, the GLE blends luxurious fittings with comfortable accommodations. Not only are front seats nicely-contoured and satisfying in comfort, but the back seat offers plenty of space for adults. Three will fit in back, but might feel too snug during longer journeys. AMG performance models feature aluminum trim and firmly bolstered sport seats.

Cabin details suggest Mercedes-Benz sedans, but with a sportier nature. Fit and finish excel. The 8.0-inch infotainment screen is freestanding.

The center console holds the COMAND controller, below a touchpad that’s within easy reach. Not everyone appreciates the screen-based COMAND interface.

Rear legroom is decent even in Coupes. Climbing aboard is easy enough, but heads of six-foot passengers are likely to reach the carved-out headliner.

With back seats up, SUV models provide 38.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. Coupes offer 23 cubic feet with a wide, low cargo floor, but they lack a folding rear seat.

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