2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
Both the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE express the keen sense of luxury and world-class driving dynamics that people from River Island to Evans have come to associated with the three-pointed star. For an elite SUV that retains a youthful energy and sense of style, either model is likely to stand out, but they each appeal to a slightly different kind of driver. Read through the key differences to help yourself decide.
Power and Efficiency
The Mercedes-Benz GLE is your powerhouse SUV, with up to 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from a standard V6 and the freedom to upgrade all the way to a V8 that offers 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. That makes for up to 7,200 pounds of power and considerable capability.
Your Mercedes-Benz GLC can’t call on quite as much power, though a standard 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from a turbo four-cylinder and available 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque from a V6 certainly put plenty of spring in its step. Efficiency is where it pulls ahead, making up to 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway; the Mercedes-Benz GLE makes up to 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Space and Versatility
Both the Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Mercedes-Benz GLC seat up to five in upscale comfort, but the former offers significantly more cargo space. Here’s how they measure up:
- Cargo Space Behind the Second Row: Up to 20.5 cubic feet in the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 38.2 cubic feet in the Mercedes-Benz GLE.
- Cargo Space Behind the First Row: Up to 56.5 cubic feet in the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. up to 80.3 cubic feet in the Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Comfort and Convenience
Mercedes-Benz standards never fall below first-class, so you’ll find high-end accents like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and genuine wood trim as standard in both the Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
That said, the Mercedes-Benz GLC does offer a few features that the Mercedes-Benz GLE doesn’t, such as enhanced connectivity via Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a Rear Seat Entertainment system to keep the kids happy during longer journeys.
Find an SUV to Fit Your Lifestyle at Mercedes-Benz of Augusta
If you’re still besieged by questions and unsure which SUV speaks to you most clearly, simply contact Mercedes-Benz of Augusta or visit our showroom. From financing options to model advice, we’re always here to help — you’ll find us an easy drive from River Island and Evans, just off the Carl Sanders Highway.