Seats are MUCH Smaller
I went from a 2012 ML 350 diesel to a 2016 GLE 300d - the seats are smaller and extremely uncomfortable. My husband and I loved our ML350 for comfort. We could not believe that Mercedes changed the seats but they are at least a full inch shorter in width. My husband has a 2014 GLK and the seats in our 2016 GLEd are SMALLER than in the GLK. My husband and I are both on the taller side so seat comfort is quite important. I am 5'9" and my husband is 6' 3". The seats in the GLE do not adjust down as far in the ML, so you "sit up higher", I find this particularly annoying. When you sit up higher and you have to use the sun visor to block glare, too much of the windshield is then blocked and I actually have to tilt my neck down to drive. Also the seat in the GLE does not go back as far as in the ML. There are several other features in the GLE that, in my opinion are "cheap" compared to the ML. Why did Mercedes do away with having the memory settings for the front passenger seat? We purchased the wood steering wheel option and they made the steering wheel smaller. It feels like you are driving a go cart. The voice command button on the previous ML was silver color and set up above the other function keys - now it is flat black plastic and is mixed in with the radio control/mute function keys. Very easy to hit other keys when you are trying to use voice command. The interior door handles were of a much more substantial weight in the ML - now in the GLE they feel like flimsy plastic. I'm sure in a year or two they will break or need repaired. The engine is much louder and annoying in the GLEd compared to ML 350 diesel. I could write so much more about what I dislike about the GLE - I don't feel like this is a luxury vehicle. My husband and I were devoted Mercedes buyers but if this is the direction of where Mercedes is going (when is luxury a smaller seat?) we will have to reconsider. All in all not happy with the GLE 300d.
Last edited by homemaker; 01-16-2016 at 10:49 AM.