You’d expect a luxury SUV to give you balance and solidity on the road with a touch of comfort and performance. With the 2021 Mercedes GLE 350, you get a balanced SUV that provides a generous mix of comfort and sporty appeal.
This luxury masterpiece from Mercedes is the practical SUV you probably didn’t know you deserved. The Mercedes Benz GLE 350 sits well at the top of the midsize class of luxury SUV cars. It comes with comprehensive and all-around driving dynamics coupled with its powerful engine performance.
What’s more, buyers can expect a superior interior and enough space inside for cargo and passengers, all for an MSRP range of $54,750 - $113,950.
With a wide range of trims and available features to choose from, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Mercedes GLE 350.
The Interior Of The 2021 Mercedes GLE 350 Highlights Both An Upscale And Attractively Spacious Cabin
This seven-seat 2021 Mercedes interior gives a positive first impression of being spacious and built with high-end materials. Not only do the seats look high-end, but they are also incredibly comfortable to sit on. The room for the rear seat is equally enormous, whichever way you view it. What’s more, owners can expect 70 mm more in terms of legroom space which is relatively more than you get with previous models.
However, folding all the seats backward will give you an enormous 2,005-litre along with completely enveloping lights. The seats fold and can be adjusted electrically as well. Although when compared with Hyundai’s Santa Fe, you get a feeling such manual ease beats the GLE 350’s. For the dash, the wood used is of the highest quality, and the glove box and door bins are useful storage spaces.
Entry into the back of the 2021 Mercedes GLE 350 is through a large rear door. The car’s tailgate is also electronic, and opening it will reveal a boot size of 165 liters which is more than the previous GLE models.
There’s State-Of-The-Art Infotainment System To Go With The Roomy Seats
Mercedes has placed their all-new MBUX infotainment system inside the 2021 Mercedes GLE 350. Two large 12.3-inch screens for all sorts of information sit on the dashboard. This ride is equipped with quality Bluetooth, navigation, and infotainment tools and systems accessible via a touchscreen-controlled display.
One unique feature of this touch screen is that it can be controlled in multiple ways, including via voice recognition and buttons on the steering and dashboard. All of these help drivers control climate, navigation, and audio while they are on the go. There’s also Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Android Auto, satellite, and HD radio, as well as five USB ports.
One other infotainment feature includes a 13 or 25 speaker Burmester sound system. In addition to these infotainment features, you get useful features like proximity keyless entry, climate control, panoramic sunroof, push start buttons, and cabin air fragrance system.
A hands-free power liftgate and power soft-close doors are also inclusive.
Here’s What You Can Expect For Different Engine Choices In The 2021 Mercedes GLE
One thing Mercedes gets well with their SUVs is the ability to make them almost rival supercars. There are five engine options available to look out for in the Mercedes GLE class, and their horsepower range from 255 to 603.
Entry-level Mercedes GLE 350 carries a 255 horsepower turbocharged 2.0 L inline four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. Although this engine may seem small, it still steers the luxury steadily, and its transmission allows smooth and timely gear changes.
Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are also available for the model. It takes the 2021 Mercedes GLE 350 7.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Other engine lineups for the 2021 Mercedes include the GLE 53’s 429-horsepower turbocharged inline 6, which does 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
There’s also the GLE 580 with a twin-turbo V8 engine that boasts 483 horsepower. Its GLE 63 S variant boasts 603 horsepower of the same V8 engine and does 60 mph in 3.7. Further down, the GLE 450 comes with an inline-six that boasts 362 horsepower, is smooth, and reaches 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
A positive of all these engine preferences is that they still allow smooth driving while keeping up to pace with other luxury SUVs their size. The fuel economy isn’t too shabby either, with the GLE 350 getting an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city, while on the highway, it gets 26 mpg.
In Terms Of Safety, GLE Cars Rank Well
Some of the car’s standard advanced safety features include rear and front parking sensors, rearview camera, and forward-collision warning. In addition, there’s hands-free park assist, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring.
What’s more, there are also some advanced safety features like lane keep assist, head-up display, adaptive pivoting headlights, surround-view parking camera system, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The Mercedes GLE 350 crash results from its tests with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety were high rated scores. It scored well in all of its six crash tests and coupled with its many safety features. The car prioritizes driver safety.