2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

In the luxury SUV world, you can choose a compact or midsize model, with either sure to impress. Choosing between the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE mainly comes down to size, but there are some other differences. At Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill, we look at the GLC vs. GLE, with a focus on pricing, performance, interior features, exterior design and safety.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Pricing

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC MSRP is $43,200. This is slightly lower than the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE that starts at $54,750.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Performance

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 comes equipped with a 255-horsepower turbo-four, rear-wheel-drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. However, the 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system is also available. Upgrading to the AMG® GLC 43 includes a 385-horsepower twin-turbo V6, all-wheel-drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. There are also AMG® GLC 63 and 63 S models for more performance. The AMG® GLC 63 includes a 469-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine, while the GLC 63 S increases that to 503 horsepower. When properly equipped, this Mercedes-Benz SUV tows up to 3,500 pounds.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE also offers a variety of engines. The GLE 350 includes a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed automatic transmission with the available 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system. A GLE 450 includes a 362-horsepower turbocharged inline-six combined with a fuel-efficient EQ Boost mild-hybrid system. With a GLE 53, you can expect a 429-horsepower turbocharged inline-six, or opt for the GLE 580 with its 483-horsepower twin-turbo V8. You can also kick it up a notch with the GLE 63S to experience the 603-horsepower V8. This model will tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Interior

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC has room to hold five occupants, while the GLE configurations can accommodate 5 or 7 people. Behind the second row of the GLC, there is 19.4 cubic feet of storage room, with a total of 56.5 cubic feet when those seats are down. If you opt for the Coupe, those numbers change to 17.6 and 49.4 cubic feet. With the GLE SUV, you get 33.3 cubic feet behind the back seats and 74.9 cubic feet when you fold those down.

Both Mercedes-Benz SUVs are available with plenty of standard features. You will find dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10.2-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, *Bluetooth®, HD Radio, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and two USB ports with either model.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Exterior

Both models are available as SUV or Coupe body styles. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC dimensions measure 183-187″ L x 74-76″ W x 62-65″ H with your choice of 11 paint colors, while the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE dimensions are 190-195″ L x 77-79″ W x 68-71″ H with 12 color options.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Safety Features

The GLC received a perfect five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, while the GLE hasn’t been rated by the NHTSA yet, but is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Both models contain a standard rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, hands-free park assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Test Drive a New Mercedes-Benz

Both of these models are ready for you, whether you are looking for the smaller GLC or the larger GLE SUV suits your needs better. Browse our online inventory to see what models are available and to look through the latest Mercedes-Benz offers. Stop by Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill to test drive a luxury SUV today.


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