Like all good large SUVs the Mercedes GLE offers very generous space for four tall adults inside. All will have enough head and leg room to lounge comfortably, while the rear passengers, like those up front, can adjust their backrests.
However, seating three adults abreast will be more difficult, because shoulder room will be tight and the middle passenger has a pronounced transmission tunnel to straddle.
Unlike most of its rivals, the GLE doesn’t have the option of adding two extra rear-mounted seats for sixth and seventh passengers, so those looking for seven-seat SUVs will need to look elsewhere.
The boot is a massive 690 litres with the seats up, which is on a par with the best large SUVs such as the Volvo XC90, but bigger than that of the Range Rover Sport, VW Touareg and BMW X5. The rear seats can be split 60/40 and folded down to leave an almost flat surface from boot lip right through to the front seatbacks. The space is usefully square, too, so you won’t get awkward items stuck on their way in. Just avoid the GLE 500 e model if you value a big boot, as much of the boot space is sacrificed to make room for the batteries. In the other GLE models there’s easily enough room inside even with the rear seats up for a couple of pushchairs, three large suitcases or set of golf clubs.