Tall adults can stretch out in the front and second rows, while the Mercedes GLE boot is a very good size and shape. The sixth and seventh passengers need to be kids, however
Every GLE comes with four-way electric front seats, so the driver will have no issues getting comfortable. Meanwhile, the steering wheel adjusts manually for reach and rake. Adding Mercedes’ Memory Package means both front seats will remember multiple positions.
Two tall adults sat in the front of the Mercedes GLE will have no complaints because both headroom and legroom are extremely generous. The same goes for a couple more tall adults in back, where once again the knee room is superb and the head room (even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted) is brilliant.
Even three adults sat side-by-side won’t complain too much on a long journey. Shoulder room is good, the middle seat is relatively generous and there isn’t a particularly pronounced floor for the middle passenger to straddle. If the Mercedes’ seven-seat option is fitted, the rear seats are also electrically adjustable.
Unfortunately going for Mercedes’ rearmost sixth and seventh seats (the 450 petrol gets them as standard) isn’t really worth it unless you’re carrying kids. Even small adults will find it extremely cramped back there. Ultimately, a Land Rover Discovery is far better at transporting seven people.
It’s all good news when it comes to storage space. Both of the GLE’s front door bins are generous in size, easily taking a large water bottle, while beneath a sliding cover in front of the infotainment system’s control pad you’ll find two decent cup holders and a further small cubby for keys or a phone.
Then, beneath the central armrest which pops open at the push of a button, you’ll find a wide, deep cubby and, if you’ve added it as an option, a wireless charging ledge for your smartphone. The GLE’s glovebox is also a decent size, made smaller if you add an option that squirts perfume into the cabin (yep, really) as that’s where the bottle is kept.
Finally, both rear door bins are also a good size, while there are a couple of sturdy pockets on the front seats backs for storing slimmer items.
OK, the rearmost seats are very much occasional, but used as such, the GLE offers a very generous amount of space to four tall adults and their luggage inside
Let’s look at the raw boot space figures with rearmost seats folded into boot floors: the Mercedes GLE has a 690-litre boot, a BMW X5 gets 650 litres and the Audi Q7 has a whopping 770 litres. There we have it then, the Audi Q7 has the most boot space.
In reality, the GLE’s boot is still extremely generous, easily swallowing three large suitcases, a couple of pushchairs or a set of golf clubs. It also has no loading lip, is a good square shape and comes with hooks and nets that make day-to-day life that little bit simpler. Beneath the floor you’ll find more storage.
If you have the seven-seat option on your GLE the sixth and seventh seats fold electrically into the boot floor. The middle row then also fold electrically forward in a 40:20:40 configuration and lies almost flat. If you don’t have seven seats, the middle row folded manually instead.