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

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

Mercedes-Benz SUVs are known for their power and luxury, and the new GLC and new GLE don’t disappoint. Both come equipped with powerful turbo engines and spacious cabins, as well as plenty of cutting-edge features and technologies. Which one best suits your drives around North Canton? Compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE below to find out for yourself!

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

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Engines & Performance Specs

The GLC and GLE are siblings, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they deliver similar levels of performance; both come equipped with the same engine and transmission. Their main differences lie in their mpg ratings and towing capabilities. Additionally, both are available with optional 4MATIC® all-wheel drive for even greater traction and control on Massillon roads. Compare their specs below:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Performance: 

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 255 hp
  • 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 Performance: 

  • 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 255 hp
  • 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: Interior Dimensions

Whether you’re running errands around Columbus or traveling to your vacation destination out of state, a Mercedes-Benz SUV will keep you and your passengers comfortable mile after mile. The GLC offers a spacious five-person cabin, while the GLE offers an optional third-row seat, upping the GLE seating capacity to seven. Flexible fold-down seats allow you to maximize the cargo area. Compare their interior dimensions, such as headroom and maximum cargo capacity, below!

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV front seats

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Interior Measurements: 

  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Front Headroom: 37.8 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38.5 inches
  • Front Legroom: 40.8 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 37.3 inches
  • Max. Cargo Capacity: 56.5 cubic feet

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Interior Measurements: 

  • Seating 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
  • Max. Cargo Capacity: 74.9 cubic feet

2021 GLC vs. GLE: Highlighted Interior Features

The GLC and GLE offer many of the same features, such as a steering wheel with control buttons and touchpad controller to help you stay connected on Columbus roads. Meanwhile, features like Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™, a FrontBass® system, an HD Radio™ receiver, and Bluetooth®** connectivity keeps you entertained. Below, you’ll find an overview of more features you’ll find 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

Test Drive a New Mercedes-Benz SUV at Kempthorn Motors

Now that you’ve compared the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs GLE, it’s time to get behind the wheel of one or both SUVs at Kempthorn Motors! While you’re here, take a few minutes to browse our new vehicle specials for exciting offers on Mercedes-Benz SUVs like the GLC and GLE. Have any questions about either of these models? Contact us online or by phone at 330-580-4947 to speak with one of our team members.

Looking to do more comparisons? Read through our 2021 GLE vs. 2021 BMW X5 comparison today!

*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.

**Bluetooth® is a registered mark of Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

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