2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. GLC

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. GLC

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC


Starting MSRP

2.0L inline-4 turbo

Base Engine

2.0L inline-4 turbo
221 to 302 hp


255 to 469 hp
50.5 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

56.5 cubic feet
28 combined

EPA-Estimated MPG

25 combined

When you shop for a new Mercedes-Benz SUV, you want a vehicle that fits your needs while still giving you the luxury accommodations you expect from this iconic brand. Mercedes-Benz has a number of SUV models for you to choose from, but the Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC are two of the most popular in the compact SUV segment. Follow along with Mercedes-Benz of Modesto as we compare the differences between the Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC to help you find the right model for your commute, then compare the Mercedes-Benz GLA to the GLB to see if the GLB is a better match for your daily drives in Stanislaus. 

GLA vs. GLC: Starting Prices

The first thing most Stockton shoppers look at when shopping for a new SUV is the starting price. Overall the Mercedes-Benz GLA will help you save more on your monthly payments, but the Mercedes-Benz GLC offers more trim levels with more features and package options on its higher configurations. See the starting prices for both models below:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Price by Trim

  • GLA 250 SUV — $36,230 MSRP*
  • GLA 250 4MATIC® SUV — $38,230 MSRP*
  • AMG® GLA 35 SUV — $47,550 MSRP*

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Price by Trim

  • GLC 300 SUV — $43,200 MSRP*
  • GLC 300 4MATIC® SUV — $45,200 MSRP*
  • GLC 350e 4MATIC® SUV — $51,900 MSRP*
  • AMG® GLC 43 SUV — $59,500 MSRP*
  • AMG® GLC 63 SUV — $73,750 MSRP*

Whether you plan on getting a lease or a loan for your next Mercedes-Benz, you can browse our Mercedes-Benz special offers for discounts on your next purchase. 

GLA vs. GLC: Performance

Whether you want a new SUV for your Merced commute or your growing family, you can count on both the Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC to provide powerful performance behind the wheel. The Mercedes-Benz GLA has three engine options and reaches up to 302 hp, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC has four engines that reach 469 hp. Compare the key GLA vs. the GLA performance specs and upgrades, below:

Mercedes-Benz GLA: Engines

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo – 221 hp | 258 lb-ft of torque | 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds
  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo with 4MATIC® AWD – 221 hp | 258 lb-ft of torque | 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds
  • Available AMG®-enhanced 2.0L inline-4 turbo – 302 hp | 295 lb-ft of torque | 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds

Mercedes-Benz GLC: Engines

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo – 255 hp | 273 lb-ft of torque | 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds
  • Available 2.0L inline-4 turbo + 90kW electric motor – 315 hp | 516 lb-ft of torque | 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
  • Available AMG®-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo – 385 hp | 384 lb-ft of torque | 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
  • Available handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo – 469 hp | 479 lb-ft of torque | 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds

GLA vs. GLC: Cargo and Passenger Space

One of the biggest deciding factors in an SUV comparison is available space. When comparing the differences between the Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC, Modesto drivers will find that the GLC offers more cargo space than the GLA. However, the passenger and driver dimensions are very similar, meaning that you’ll be comfortable no matter which SUV you choose. If you need more cargo space when you run your errands, the Mercedes-Benz GLC may be the better option, however, the GLA has more than enough space for most drivers. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Interior Dimensions

  • Cargo Volume Behind Row 2 – 15.4 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Volume – 50.5 cubic feet
  • Front Headroom – 40.8 inches
  • Rear Headroom – 38.1 inches

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Interior Dimensions

  • Cargo Volume Behind Row 2 – 19.4 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Volume – 56.5 cubic feet
  • Front Headroom – 39.6 inches
  • Rear Headroom – 39.6 inches

Compare the GLA & GLC in Person at Mercedes-Benz of Modesto

Now that you know more about the differences between the Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC, visit our Modesto showroom to take a test drive in each model and finalize your decision. While you’re here you can discuss your financing and leasing options with our finance team, or learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLC color options. Visit us today to get behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz!

*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.

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