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

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE

$49,900 MSRP*

Starting Price

$69,900 MSRP*
255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4


255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4

Passenger Capacity

5 to 7 (optional)
1,588 kg

Maximum Towing Capacity

3,500 kg

Caledon drivers considering a Mercedes-Benz SUV owe it to themselves to compare the GLC vs. GLE. These are two of the most popular in the lineup. Read on to see how they compare, and then fill out a pre-approval and get in touch to test drive them both at Mercedes-Benz Brampton.

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Performance Specs

When it comes to Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE performance, Orangeville drivers can expect the same engine and transmission pairing, standard RWD, and the option for an upgrade to 4MATICAWD system. However, specs for each model do differ. The GLC offers better fuel economy, and the GLE offers much more capable towing power. The right Mercedes-Benz SUV for you depends upon whether you prefer power or efficiency:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 255 horsepower
  • 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 3,500-kg towing capacity (when properly equipped)

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 255 horsepower
  • 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 1,588-kg towing capacity (when properly equipped)

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Cargo Space and Dimensions

When it comes to cabin and cargo space, you’ll find that the GLC offers roomier dimensions at passenger seat-level, while the GLE offers you the ability to opt for third row, so you can expand passenger capacity from 5 to 7. Each model, however, offers versatile fold-down seats, so you can expand passenger space or cargo space depending upon your needs.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior dimensions:

  • Passenger Capacity: 5 to 7 (optional)
  • Front Headroom: 1,074 mm
  • Rear Headroom: 1,027 mm
  • Front Legroom: 1,024 mm
  • Rear Legroom: 1,040 mm
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 630-2,055 L

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior dimensions: 

  • Passenger Capacity: 5
  • Front Headroom: 1,064 mm
  • Rear Headroom: 1,005 mm
  • Front Legroom: 1,036 mm
  • Rear Legroom: 947 mm
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 550-1,600 L

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Interior Features

There’s a lot of crossover between the standard and available features in the cabin of the GLC and GLE. From the FrontBass system to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to a hands-free Bluetooth®** interface and audio streaming, these Mercedes-Benz SUVs after all, and you can expect every consideration to be taken in their design. Here are some highlights on each model:

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

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

Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE with a Test Drive

Now that Georgetown drivers have read our GLC vs GLE comparison, the best way to figure out which Mercedes-Benz SUV will be the best fit for you is to call Mercedes-Benz Brampton and schedule for a test drive. If you have any further questions about Mercedes-Benz features or other Mercedes-Benz models, be sure to check out our Mercedes-Benz research guides for other helpful reads about 4MATIC All-wheel Drive, AMG, and more!

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*National MSRP pricing is shown and is intended for informational purposes only. Prices do not include taxes, levies, fees, freight and delivery charges, insurance and license fees, as well as any other products or services not listed that may be available to you through your selected Mercedes-Benz retailer. Vehicle prices subject to change without notice. Dealer may sell for less. These prices do not apply in provinces with total/all-in pricing requirements. Please contact your local retailer directly by phone or in person for exact pricing details and total prices applicable in those provinces.

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