2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: The Best Luxury SUV | Edmunds Top Rated 2020



The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE won Best Luxury SUV in the 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Awards for delivering an elegant and highly versatile driving experience. Its 2020 redesign made it even better, offering more features, a classy interface and increased utility. It’s the best luxury SUV.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Review:

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE has been one of the top-rated luxury SUVs on Edmunds. This year, it’s been given a full redesign, adding more features, more refinement and greater capabilities. It should come as no surprise that the new Mercedes-Benz GLE sets a new standard.

In addition to all of the touches that make a Mercedes special, the GLE gets all of the latest and greatest innovations and upgrades. The MBUX infotainment system is standard on all models and has garnered high praise for its ease of use and cutting-edge tech. There are also plenty of available advanced safety features and driver assistants for added security. For 2020, you can add a third row of seats, and even better, all of these items are available on every GLE model.

The GLE’s interior is serene and quiet, and the front seats with available massage provide terrific comfort. The rear seats don’t slide or recline but remain pleasant for the long haul. Our test vehicle had the optional Acoustic package, and we found it kept exterior sounds well muted. The climate control system is likewise strong. You can just set it and forget it, and the heated and cooled cupholders and the heated armrests are bonuses.

The GLE’s sizable cabin is well designed. Cubbies and compartments abound for stashing drinks and items. The cargo area is large and flat with no wheelwell intrusion. Max cargo room is among the best in the midsize luxury SUV class. And the GLE’s max towing capacity, even with the four-cylinder engine, is similarly strong. The back seat has four easy-to-access car seat anchors, and there’s plenty of room for even the bulkiest child safety seats.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available in GLE 350, GLE 350 4Matic and GLE 450 4Matic trim levels. They are mostly distinguished by engine choices and all-wheel drive. The GLE has seating for five passengers, or seven if you add the optional third-row seats.

While the GLE has decent performance chops, it’s really the feeling of luxurious quality, in everything from the design to materials to technology features, that sells this SUV. It’s far and away the best in class, with several features you won’t find in rivals. Pair those with rich, sumptuous materials and you have a cabin second to none. Sure, it’s not as sporty to drive as some top competitors, but in most other areas the GLE is setting new benchmarks.

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