It’s been a wild year with not that many things to look forward to, BUT last month, I started a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Baton Rouge that actually has me looking forward to driving around town and even getting stuck in crazy traffic. (How often does one actually look forward to traffic, right?) Let me explain. I was tasked with reviewing the Mercedes-Benz GLE from a down-to-Earth, real-life mom perspective. And I’ll be real honest here, I’m not sure how they expect me to hand this car back over in a month! But before I get ahead of myself, I want to share my top FIVE standout features of this model in today’s Mercedes-Benz GLE review if you’re in the market for a new SUV or interested in taking advantage of the Mercedes Winter Event going on right now.
1. Room For Little Ones
There are honestly so many things to love, including the new car smell, and obviously I want to mention the beautiful, sleek exterior, but those two things are pretty much a given. What you might not assume is how much ROOM is inside the GLE. As a mom, having a spacious backseat is the most important part of this car for me. We need enough room for a toddler seat in the back, and we will be adding an infant seat as well.
With Jordan being 6’4 and me at 5’9, the space between the two rows is KEY. We can both sit comfortably in the second row of the GLE without feeling cramped, and the car seats do not create a problem with the amount of leg room we need in the front seat. As a bonus, there’s even a third row that makes this car a seven-seater, without feeling like you’re driving a school bus. I think the optional third row is really what makes this the ideal “mom car” without it feeling like a “mom car” if you get what I mean.
2. Touch Screen Technology
Let’s talk about the technology system next! The first thing that catches the eye when you get into the GLE is the impressive touch screen that can be controlled by dual touch pads. You get a fully digital dash that spans door to door along with a console that houses your main touch pad. You also have a mini touch pad directly on the steering wheel, so your hands never have to leave it.
Both touch pads allow you to navigate your dash screen without having to actually touch it. (Or you totally can touch it, because that part is pretty cool as well.) The main home screen is organized and categorized so that you can find every feature of the car simply by swiping to your left or right on either touch pad.
3. Hands-Free Phone Connectivity
While on the subject of technology, I definitely want to mention the wireless charging pad + Bluetooth connectivity for your phone. We are all so attached to our phones which can be a dangerous thing while driving, but the GLE gives you hands-free / phone-free capabilities.
The charging pad means there’s no messing with tangled charging wires. You get in, put your phone down, and it automatically charges as you drive. And once it’s there, you never really need to pick it up again because the car syncs up to your phone and directs all incoming calls through the dash system. You can answer or hang up directly from the steering wheel – again your hands never need to leave the wheel.
You can also ask the car to call people in your contact list just by saying “Hey Mercedes…”
In addition, with a few swipes across the home screen, you can access your phone media to play Spotify, Apple Play, and other music apps without ever having to pick up your phone!
4. Safety Extras
Next, I want to share a few of the convenient safety features of the GLE – the first being the automatic blind spot indicators on the side mirrors. I know at all times when there is another vehicle on either side of me, just by glancing at the mirrors – a small little arrow will light up indicating if something is there.
And of course, you have the rear backup cameras, but another reassuring feature – if you live in a busy neighborhood with kids on bikes – the GLE will automatically brake and stop on it’s own if it detects something behind you. There’s also a great number of camera views from above and outside of the car for parking lots and an option to have the car actually assist you in finding a parking spot!
One last safety feature is actually the Mercedes-Benz phone app that will ping your phone if you’ve left the car unlocked. Directly from the app, you can lock, unlock and even start or stop the car. This is a feature that I never knew I needed until recently – especially getting out of the car with hands full of groceries, or getting a child out of the car. It’s easy to forget to lock a door, but the app will alert you in a matter of minutes!
5. Cabin Atmosphere
I saved the most fun feature for last – custom mood settings in the cabin. There’s a 64-color LED ambient lighting system that lets you create your own atmosphere inside the GLE. For example, I currently have it set to flow from blue to violet to magenta as I drive, and I can also pick how I want the dash settings to appear.
I just now discovered this little option, but you can refresh the cabin with ionized-purified air that can be infused with a scent… this is so crazy right? The options range from Joy, Refresh and Wellbeing. I think a lot of us probably need this refresh and wellbeing option after a long 2020.
I love how customizable the in-cabin experience is in the GLE. You could have the same car and it feel completely different depending on who is driving it and how they’ve set up their mood settings!
The Winter Event is happening right now at Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge and they have some of the best offers of the entire year with up to $1000 off select models. Swing by to see some of them in person including the GLE, or check out the specials page on their website HERE: https://www.mbobr.com/new-vehicle-specials/
Thank you to Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge who partnered on me for this post. MBBR has won the “Best of the Best” award from MBUSA 8 times – more times than any other Louisiana dealer. The award recognizes superior customer service and management in the MB community. For more information: https://www.mbobr.com/why-buy-from-mercedes-benz-of-baton-rouge/