The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is a nice midsize SUV with some radical style features that make this a bit of a mounting challenge. A photo of the interior of a Mercedes-Benz GLE350 accompanies this article.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Mount Analysis
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 has the largest electronic dashboard I have ever seen. Everything. I mean everything is electronic. And don’t get me started on the gear shift. This isn’t going to be as easy as I thought.
Let’s start on what locations will work. The windshield is a decent accessible reach so this location will work well for a phone. Next are the vent mounts. I counted 7 vents in the front. We’re going to recommend one of the vents in the lower center as a mount for a phone or GPS. The dash is large and flat and will make a good location for a phone or GPS.
There are a pair of cup holders that are located very close to the dash. This is probably the best location for a small tablet mount as long as the device doesn’t need to be referenced while driving. The seat bolts, while accessible, are too deeply recessed inside the seat rail to be used as a mount point. I didn’t see a CD player so we’re going to bypass that location too.
Windshield, Dash and Vent Recommendations for the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
My recommendation for the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 windshield or dash mount is the iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Car Mount Phone Holder which provides an extendable rigid base combined with an expandable cradle. This is a good mount for this vehicle because unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 5 has an extension arm that expands from 5 to 8 inches which is great this larger SUV.
The included cradle expands to approximately 4 inches and there’s a magnetic cord holder on the back. There are two support legs for added stability which sufficiently separate for a power cord connection.
This mount also comes with a dashboard pad which uses a unique rechargeable sticky base. Use this pad to adhere the mount to a dashboard. However, there aren’t many good dash locations due to the large display. Perhaps with the 8-inch display, this might be a better location.
Let’s go with the second vent from the left in the middle on the vent mount location. Consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount. This is the one that we have been recommending for a few years and they are excellent mounts. The mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We did a full review of the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back and it’s worth reading for more information.
Tablet Mount Recommendations
Tablets are becoming difficult to mount. Cup holder mounts location has a lot to do with it. Ironically, the low profile shift works to our advantage here.
A cup holder mount is the only way to place a tablet in this vehicle. A tablet with a longer extension neck is going to work best here.
Consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. This mount includes two different cradles. One for a phone and another for a tablet. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mount kit known of that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. You will not find a universal cradle that fits phones and large tablets. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Mount Summary
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 ihas a few mounting challenges but some good spots are there including the windshield, dash and vent for the phone. The cup holder will work best using a spare cup holder. The seat bolt and CD player were ruled out.