Yesterday I went to St. Louis Mercedes Benz to pick up my wife’s new car. She ordered it in March, but the factory in Alabama has had long delays on parts & an electrical issue that set back delivery.

This is my first new car and its only new because of who it is for, but it is exciting (I did buy a brand new 2006 Triumph Speed Four motorcycle).

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In general, I like the X5 and the X3 M40i more than the Mercedes GLE, but I do have to admit that the Mercedes interior is remarkable. We choose the carbon fiber trim too, which I think looks great.

I’ll review it once I have more time. I opted for the 350 instead of the 450—mainly because SUVs do not need to be fast. I do think the electric motor that replaces mechanical parts on the 450 is attractive for long term reliability and maintenance.

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Like I said, the interior looks amazing.