2017 Mercedes Benz GLE43 AMG 4MATIC is a luxury SUV bestowed with comfort and capability in equal measure. A quiet, upscale and well-built interior with a roomy backseat, along with a long list of standard safety and technology features make this luxury SUV worth your attention.
The GLE43 gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 329 hp and 354 lb-ft and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates it will earn 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway). It delivers a plush ride quality on smooth paved surfaces. On the straight-out performance front, the GLE43 gets going with some degree of gusto, the twin-turbo V6 under the hood feels downright quick.
On the interior, materials quality and workmanship are excellent. The interior's plushness is significantly elevated with leather throughout. Adults will find comfort and space no matter where they sit, as the tallish ride height means the transmission tunnel barely eats into the cabin. The two sections of the 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold easily to create a roomy cargo hold with a flat load floor. Cargo capacity stays the same, with 38.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 80.3 cubes with the seat backs folded flat.
The AMG GLE 43 features an AMG-exclusive 20-inch wheels, an AMG-tuned adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust, exterior styling upgrades, a trailer hitch, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum shift paddles and pedals, simulated leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, a navigation system, satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, a rear 115-volt, household-style power outlet, a blind-spot monitoring system and a lane departure warning system.
Standard safety features on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, a forward collision warning system, Pre-Safe (which can identify an imminent crash and automatically take measures to secure occupants), a rearview camera, hill start assist, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The Mbrace telematics system includes automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle location, geo-fencing, alarm notification and remote door lock/unlock. The GLE also comes standard with Attention Assist, which monitors driver behavior for signs of drowsiness.