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

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

$54,750 MSRP*

Starting Price

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


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

7,700 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

3,500 pounds


When it comes to luxury Mercedes-Benz SUV vehicles, nothing stands out on the %%targetMerced roads like a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE. Both vehicles are excellent models sure to take your commutes to the next level. However, only one can earn that top spot on your driveway. Which will it be? We’re comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE to help you find the vehicle that’s right for your drives and budget. Then, explore our inventory to find the new GLC for sale or the new GLE for sale that checks off all your boxes.

GLC vs. GLE: Performance Specs 

We know and understand that drivers are looking for a high-performance vehicle that’s smooth on the roads but powerful enough to get you where you need to go – safely. When comparing these Mercedes-Benz SUV models, they offer two different performance capabilities to meet your driving needs on the Stockton roads. 

They both come equipped with the same engine and transmission pairing, standard rear-wheel drive, and the option of upgrading to the available 4MATIC® AWD system. Drivers who opt for the new GLC will enjoy a slightly more fuel-efficient vehicle, but drivers who want more towing power with an available trailer hitch to handle tough tasks with ease should consider the new GLE. Compare the GLC vs. GLE engine specs below:

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: Cargo Space and Dimensions

If you have a long commute or enjoy family vacations and weekend getaways, you want to find a Mercedes-Benz SUV with plenty of space for your family and your belongings. Whether you’re running errands in Stanislaus or heading out on a vacation for a few days, your Mercedes-Benz SUV has you covered! The GLC can comfortably seat up to five adult passengers as a standard, while the new GLS offers an optional third row that expands your total seating to seven. Both vehicles offer fold-down seats, so you can get the most out of your cargo. Here are the interior dimensions and cargo space for both sport utility vehicles:

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

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Interior Features

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known – and praised – for their advanced safety technology, interior amenities, and convenience and entertainment features. Stay connected thanks to the exceptional FrontBass system and HD radio receiver, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, and the hands-free Bluetooth®** interface and audio streaming. Explore some of the additional features that are available in the GLC and GLE:

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

Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE in Modesto!

After comparing the GLC vs. GLE, it’s time to experience your chosen Mercedes-Benz SUV in person at our dealership near Turlock. It’s our goal that you find the luxury SUV that’s best suited for you without exceeding your budget. Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule your test drive. Get pre-approved for financing and explore our vehicle specials right at home before visiting us!

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