2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV
$43,200 MSRP*

Starting Price

$54,750 MSRP*
255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4


255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4
22 mpg city/29 mpg highway**

Fuel Economy

19 mpg city/26 mpg highway**

Passenger Capacity

5 to 7 (optional)
3,500 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

7,700 pounds

Are you trying to decide between the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE for your luxury SUV upgrade? Both models offer a similar output and ample interior features. Yet, they do differ in pricing, towing, and more. Mercedes-Benz of Eugene puts the GLC vs. GLE head-to-head to help you determine which Mercedes-Benz SUV fits your family today!

GLC vs. GLE: Power & Efficiency

The 2021 GLC and GLE both come with the same engine, transmission, and RWD capabilities to help power you through the streets of Roseburg. However, the GLC is the more fuel-efficient of the two, while the GLE boasts more towing power. View the performance specs of both SUVs below:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Performance

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine 
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 255 hp & 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway rating**
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped)

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Performance

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine 
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway rating**
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped)

GLC vs. GLE: Interior Dimensions & Cargo Space

While both of these Mercedes-Benz SUVs offer comfortable interiors with standard seating for five, the Mercedes-Benz GLE allows you to expand its seating capacity to seven with an optional third row. What’s more, the GLE will offer more cargo space than the GLC dimensions for those long family trips from Corvallis: 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Interior Space 

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

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Interior Space 

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

GLC vs. GLE: Cabin Features

A versatile steering wheel with control buttons, a FrontBass® system, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration can be enjoyed in either of these Mercedes-Benz SUVs. See what you can enjoy in the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE with our feature breakdown: 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Interior Appointments

  • 40/20/40-split rear seats with power folding
  • Heated power front seats with driver memory
  • 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
  • Dual USB-C audio ports
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Interior Appointments

  • 40/20/40-split folding 2nd-row seats
  • Heated power front seats with driver memory
  • MB-Tex upholstery
  • 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

Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE at Mercedes-Benz of Eugene

If you’re looking for a more affordable and efficient SUV, then the Mercedes-Benz GLC may be your best fit. Those in need of additional seating or more towing will find the Mercedes-Benz GLE an ideal SUV. If you’re still unsure, feel free to schedule a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Eugene. We can show you both models and let you experience them on the roads of Eugene!


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*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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