Mercedes-Benz GLE vs GLC

For many drivers, a luxury SUV can offer the perfect combination of premium comfort and convenience features, a tall ride height, and attractive interior dimensions. But what model works best for an individual driver? In this Mercedes-Benz GLE vs GLC comparison, we are going to look at two Mercedes-Benz crossovers to see which one might meet driver needs. The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a relatively new model closely related to the M-Class which was discontinued after 2015. The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a compact SUV based on the attractive C-Class sedan. It offers engaging, car-like handling.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the larger option in this comparison, and it also comes with a higher starting price. Both of these vehicles seat up to five passengers and boast the attractive feature options and elite engineering that drivers have come to expect from a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. We have compared a recent model year of the two vehicles below.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$52,000 Estimated Starting MSRP $39,000
Midsize Segment Compact
80.3 cubic feet Cargo Space 56.5 cubic feet
3.5-L V-6 Base Gasoline Engine 2.0-L 4-cylinder

Engine Options on the Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLC

While exact feature and powertrain options will vary by year, the Mercedes-Benz GLE generally comes with a more powerful base engine, and will be available with more powertrain options. For example, in 2017 the Mercedes-Benz GLE is available with four powertrain options, including a base gasoline V-6 , a diesel engine, a hybrid powertrain, and a top-of-the-line gasoline V-8. In contrast, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine only. Both of these models come standard with comfort and convenience features like dual-zone automatic climate control, advanced driver assistance features, driver memory settings, and much more.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV with all the doors open
brown 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC seen from the side against a black background
front seats of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
interior and seating of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC