The fully redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is already here and we have already got our hands on it. New exterior, new interior and new, less powerful, base engine. Somehow, 2020 is already here in March of 2019 but, if the redesigned Mercedes GLE is any indicator, 2020 will be a great year.
Let’s go ahead and get my biggest problem with the GLE out of the way. I’ve read multiple reviews on the new GLE and they all say how much more elegant and styled the 2020 is but… in reality… it’s sort of boring compared to the 2019. I’m a fan of it overall… it’s just not exactly what I hoped for. I would consider it a hot take, but the car is just kind of meh from some angles. 90% of the front looks great, but the new headlights are less aggressive. The corporate style taillights are nice in themselves, but a bit small on the large rear end. I’m a fan of the slanted piece with the emblems on it. It adds a texture not often seen on many non coupe style SUVs The side left the most to be wanting with the “small” 19” wheels, but the 20” and 21” seem to be the better options as they fit the wheel wells and overall style better. The 2019 was aggressive and seemed ready to pounce. The 2020 shown here seems to lack that same personality but I don’t think it’s anything an AMG style package could not fix.
One of the most interesting things when you get inside, every detail on the GLE is gorgeous and dramatic. The new Lexus interiors are great, but the newest generation of Mercedes interiors are unbelievably pretty. While the GLE lacked the Designo package of the E450 tested previously, the dark brown interior and natural brown wood remains gorgeous.
The ambient light is still perfectly flamboyant at night as it layers the entire seating area in the perfect mist of the Blue Ocean light setting. The seats are gorgeous, and comfortable. Just like the E450 these are cooling, massaging, fast heating, as well as multi contour seats that change the seat position to help stretch out the driver and passenger. Mercedes is killing it and the interior is a dream to be in. While it lacks the third row of the Audi, the Q7 and X5 have just slightly less room than the GLE.
The 2020 “350” iteration of the GLE has less cylinders, less torque, and less horsepower than the 2019 but the Turbo makes for a car that can more than easily moves itself. The 2020 GLE is unexpectantly quick and more than ready to attack at any moment. While the 2019 came with a V6 that had more torque and more horsepower, the four cylinder is beyond approach and is more than ready to accept nearly any challenge. Mercedes has done a fantastic job. The 2020 GLE body style is not available in the AMG trims yet, but it it will be much faster, and hopefully look better.
Starting at $56,200, the Mercedes is well priced for how it drives, though the $21,000 in add ons is insanity. The options are really cool and extremely advanced, but $77,130 is a lot of money for any car. If you need a large, luxurious two row SUV, the GLE is a fantastic choice. It’s well packaged and would fit the need of almost any family. If you don’t need as much space, while also needing something taller than the E450 I love, the GLE Coupe is more stylish and a cooler choice. Either way, please get the bigger wheels and enjoy.