Drivers enjoy a raised ride height and good forward visibility, although the sizeable side mirrors can occasionally block your view at junctions. You’ll need them to judge lane-change manoeuvres, though, because the rear three-quarter view can make visibility tricky. That’s mainly because of the thick rear pillars, which also mean you’ll be making good use of the standard rear parking camera in tight spots.
The GLE is well equipped, with electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, man-made (and real) leather, and a big colour screen complete with sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB and even a DVD player. Tall drivers will find that the amount of seat and wheel adjustment is wide-ranging enough to make things very comfortable, especially since every GLE gets four-way electronic lumbar adjustment. All of the major controls are within easy reach, while the GLE’s pedals line up well with the driver’s seat, ensuring a comfortable driving position on long journeys. However, the complex infotainment system – which can be controlled via a big touchpad, rotary dial or voice control – is unintuitive, and can make it very difficult to action simple functions, like changing the radio station. Still, familiarity will make it easier to hope around the menus and functions, and it has all the features you could want as standard. Interior quality feels generally very good, with gloss plastics and well-damped switches lending an upmarket feel, although there are some bits of trim lower down and around the base of the seats that feel a bit flimsily attached for such an expensive car.