3 Qualities That Make the 2017 GLE SUV Perfect for Road Tripping

January 26th, 2017 by

What good is a luxury SUV if you don’t take it on long trips? Whether it’s you and your family or you and your friends going out to explore the roads or visit relatives, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE gets you there in style, comfort, with all the high-tech features you expect from German engineering.

Driving Range

One of the three models Mercedes offers for the 2017 GLE is the 550e Plug-in Hybrid. This SUV runs on a potent 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine which uses a dual turbo to get a combined horsepower of 436. It also has an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission, which means it has smooth, efficient acceleration. While you probably won’t use the plug-in feature much when you’re driving all day, the powerful battery and efficient engine give it a highway MPGe of 50. Between that and a 21-gallon fuel tank, you can go a long time between fuel stops.

Comfort

When everyone has to cram into a tiny car without comfortable seats, a smooth ride, or anything to do, tempers can get short and a few hours on the road can feel like an eternity. Thankfully, the 2017 GLE comes with all the above.

All five seats have plenty of room around them, and the cargo area has a spacious 38.4 cubic feet for luggage, coolers, and other trip necessities. The seats are leatherette to start but you can upgrade to true leather, and you can get heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats. The GLE’s suspension and tuning focus on comfort over a sporty performance, and you can improve that by using the optional Dynamic Select’s Comfort drive setting. Finally, the GLE offers two available premium sound systems and a rear entertainment system featuring two monitors, several inputs, and two wireless headphones.

Safety

Accidents are more common on packed city streets than on the open highways, but you should still invest in a safe ride when you’re spending most of your day on the road. Fortunately, that’s one area where the 2017 GLE shines.

The available Distronic system makes it easy to drive at highway speeds. It has a radar-based cruise control that automatically slows down if the vehicle in front of you slows down and can bring you to a complete stop if necessary. You can also get the Active Lane Keeping Assist, which warns you when you’re about to wander over the line by vibrating the steering wheel. It can even nudge you back to the center if you don’t correct yourself. Not only that, the GLE comes with the Mercedes-exclusive Attention Assist, which monitors your driving behavior and alerts you when you become drowsy.

When it comes to road trips, you need something better than a basic sedan meant for commuting. You need a vehicle with enough space for all the passengers and luggage, enough comfort and entertainment for everyone to enjoy the ride, and enough safety features to make the trip as risk-free as possible. That is exactly what you get from a 2017 GLE.