2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Mercedes-Benz GLC

Whether luxury vehicle shoppers opt for the midsize 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE or the compact 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC, these elegant crossovers can deliver the performance, carrying capacity and the elegant interiors and exteriors that people crave. While either of these models delivers the latest in Mercedes-Benz technology and engineering, there are some significant size and features differences that may affect which of these SUVs works best for the luxury shopper. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE midsize SUV comes in five different models, most of which come standard with the elegant and advanced 4MATIC® All-Wheel Drive system*. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a compact vehicle that comes in 2017 GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC® sedan models, as well as an AMG® performance option and a coupe model.

In this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Mercedes-Benz GLC comparison, the larger SUV offers more cargo space even though both models come with standard five-passenger seating. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers 38.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC has 20.5 cubic feet. Both SUVs offer more cargo space when the seats are folded down.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE VS 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$52,000 Starting MSRP $39,150
3.5-L V6 (302 hp) Base Engine 2.0-L Turbo 4-cylinder (241 hp)
8-inch Standard Infotainment Displays 7-inch
80.3 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 56.5 cubic feet

Mercedes-Benz SUV Engine Options

In this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Mercedes-Benz GLC comparison, there are significant differences in the engine options available in these two premium SUVs. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which offers responsive and engaging acceleration. The base 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 comes with a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that features the same 273 pound-feet of torque. This larger midsize model also offers an advanced turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that offers 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. A plug-in hybrid model and an AMG® model are also available.

Standard features on both of these elegant luxury sedans include dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, HD radio and eight-speaker sound system. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with adaptive suspension damping and multiple standard safety features, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available with connectivity advantages like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To learn more about either of these vehicles, contact a member of the Aristocrat Motors Mercedes-Benz sales team today.


*Best performance on snow and ice obtained with winter tires. Please always drive carefully, consistent with road conditions.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE with its doors open
blue 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC seen from the side in the city
driver's seat of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
interior seating of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC