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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV

vs.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV
$54,750 MSRP*

Starting Price

$43,200 MSRP*
255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4

Engine

255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4
19 mpg city/26 mpg highway**

Fuel Economy

22 mpg city/29 mpg highway**
5 to 7 (optional)

Passenger Capacity

5
7,700 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

3,500 pounds

 

Thinking about a Mercedes-Benz SUV to really upgrade your Rochester Hills driving experience? You’ve got options! The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE are both top-of-the-line vehicles, boasting that combination of great performance and comfort that Troy drivers dream about in their cars. So which is right for you? Mercedes-Benz of Rochester covers the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE matchup.

Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE: Interior Space

The biggest difference to cover between these two Mercedes-Benz SUVs is their size. While the standard versions of both seat 5, the GLE is a bigger mid-size SUV that can be upgraded to fit 7 passengers. When designing these vehicles, the experts at Mercedes-Benz made sure to give all your potential Rochester passengers room to stretch their legs. And you’ll be able to convert your Mercedes-Benz SUVs into cargo-carting machines. Here are detailed specs for the interiors:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior dimensions: 

  • Passenger Capacity: 5
  • Front Headroom: 37.8 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38.5 inches
  • Front Legroom: 40.8 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 37.3 inches
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 56.5 cubic feet

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior dimensions:

  • Passenger Capacity: 5 to 7 (optional)
  • Front Headroom: 40.5 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 36.9 inches
  • Front Legroom: 40.3 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 40.9 inches
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 74.9 cubic feet

Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE: Engines and Performance

Mercedes-Benz has included standard rear-wheel drive on both Mercedes-Benz SUVs, but you’ll also have the option to equip 4MATIC® all-wheel drive with either model. But your choice of vehicle largely depends upon your priorities in Sterling Heights. If you want better fuel economy, the GLC is your choice. If you want to tow campers or boats, go with the GLE and still get solid performance. A standard turbo engine powers these vehicles:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 255 horsepower
  • 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway* rating
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped)
  • 17.4-gallon fuel tank capacity

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 255 horsepower
  • 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway* rating
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped)
  • 22.5-gallon fuel tank capacity

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Interior Features

If you’re familiar with Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you know that they are packed with interior amenities. For 2021, they’ve been equipped with features like standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, HD radio, and hands-free Bluetooth® interface^. But the list goes on and on with it comes to interior features:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior features: 

  • Analog gauges with high-resolution multifunction display
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia display
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding
  • “Hey, Mercedes” keyword activation
  • Hands-free Bluetooth® interface and audio streaming
  • Dual USB-C audio ports
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 40/20/40-split rear seats with power folding
  • Heated power front seats with driver memory

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior features:

  • Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • “Hey, Mercedes” keyword activation
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display
  • MB Navigation
  • Five USB-C ports
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power tilt/sliding sunroof
  • 40/20/40-split folding 2nd-row seats
  • Heated power front seats with driver memory
  • MB-Tex upholstery

Find Your Mercedes-Benz SUV at Mercedes-Benz of Rochester

As you can see from this Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE comparison, there’s a lot to love in both vehicles. The best way to decide is to see both for yourself at Mercedes-Benz of Rochester, where we’re proud to offer Rochester Hills drivers resources at our finance center and regular specials. Contact us today to set up a test drive!

Disclaimers: 

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.

**EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

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