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AutoGuide took out the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and wrote up a nice review for us. The review points out some pros and cons.

Pros
- Fuel-efficient powertrains
- Practical interior
- Smooth driving dynamics

Cons
- Looks too similar to the old M-Class
- Comfort mode a bit too vague

This is what they write as the "verdict".

The GLE-Class receives a new name with its refresh, but it still feels familiar. The new fuel-efficient powertrains and customizable drive modes are a great addition to the vehicle and only add to its reputation for having smooth driving dynamics, a comfortable interior and high-tech features.
Check out the full review through this link --> http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/mercedes-benz/2016-mercedes-benz-gle-class-review
 

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when it comes to looks, my biggest beef is how much it looks like the old M-Class, fortunately those who are that bothered by it can always get the coupe. i doubt it'll be much of a sacrifice for most.
 

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Yes, that is my biggest beef too. I want a new car every four years, when the warranty runs out. But I want it to feel "new", if you know what I mean. The 2012 ML350 I have was a true departure from the norm and instantly became the luxury mid-size standard. The new GLE does not make such a statement. In fact, some things such as the tablet-like screen are a step in the wrong direction. There is also a downsizing of motors such as the diesel 250, which many people find inadequate in this kind of vehicle. Bottom line is that where I would automatically look to MB for my next car, I now have to shop the competition. The new 2016 Lincoln MKX is one that is intriguing, especially in the Black Label interior. Once it gets Sync 3 it may very well be the best in its class. It certainly is worth a look anyway.
 

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Yes, that is my biggest beef too. I want a new car every four years, when the warranty runs out. But I want it to feel "new", if you know what I mean. The 2012 ML350 I have was a true departure from the norm and instantly became the luxury mid-size standard. The new GLE does not make such a statement. In fact, some things such as the tablet-like screen are a step in the wrong direction. There is also a downsizing of motors such as the diesel 250, which many people find inadequate in this kind of vehicle. Bottom line is that where I would automatically look to MB for my next car, I now have to shop the competition. The new 2016 Lincoln MKX is one that is intriguing, especially in the Black Label interior. Once it gets Sync 3 it may very well be the best in its class. It certainly is worth a look anyway.
Cadillac might be worth looking into. Images of their new XT5 SUV got leaked and it looks impressive, worth waiting for more info.
 

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Cadillac might be worth looking into. Images of their new XT5 SUV got leaked and it looks impressive, worth waiting for more info.
I almost bought an SRX (which the XT5 replaces), but I felt the ML350 beat it in almost every way. I agree that the XT5 looks interesting and is certainly worth considering. If Lincoln and Cadillac continue to improve, Mercedes may have more legitimate competition than just the other Germans.
 

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when it comes to looks, my biggest beef is how much it looks like the old M-Class, fortunately those who are that bothered by it can always get the coupe. i doubt it'll be much of a sacrifice for most.
but the GLE never underwent a full bore redesign when it became the GLE, simply a mild facelift, so of course its going to look like the ML it simply swapped letters. It's a bit disingenuous of Autoguide to complain, in fact it makes them look petulant and uninformed.
 

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I almost bought an SRX (which the XT5 replaces), but I felt the ML350 beat it in almost every way. I agree that the XT5 looks interesting and is certainly worth considering. If Lincoln and Cadillac continue to improve, Mercedes may have more legitimate competition than just the other Germans.
Outside the Germans, I think that Lexus is most threatening. If LIncoln keeps things up then it could really start to gain some ground again while Cadillac needs to stop its sliding sales. I have to say that I like the styling of Lincolns more than Cadillacs right now.
 
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