2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS


2.0L Turbo I-4 3.0L Turbo I-6


255 hp 362 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

19/26 * 20/24 *

  0-60 mph

7.0 seconds ** 5.9 seconds **

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers (7 optional) 7 Passengers (6 optional)

  Cargo Space

74.9 cu. ft. 84.7 cu. ft.

  Towing Capacity

5,950 lbs *** 7,700 lbs ***

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Serving Urbandale, IA

The luxury and innovation that the Mercedes-Benz brand is known for are on clear display throughout the current lineup. In your search for a larger crossover or SUV loaded with high-end features, your attention may have naturally settled on the GLE and the GLS. For 2021, the GLE is a midsize crossover that sits below the full-size GLS SUV. With a considerable difference in price and other notable differences, you need to get to know these vehicles in detail before picking out the specific one you want to make your own from our inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines.


As you begin comparing the 2021 GLE to the 2021 GLS, you will quickly discover that their capabilities behind the wheel are significant. The GLE has a turbo I-4, 2.0-liter engine. It comes with rear-wheel drive and auto transmission with overdrive functionality. This crossover SUV delivers 255 horsepower. In comparison, the turbo I-6 in the GLS is a hybrid-electric vehicle. It also comes with an automatic transmission, and a 4MATIC® all-wheel drive drivetrain is standard. Its output registers at 362 horsepower.


These models share familial design language, but the GLE is smaller than the GLS across all dimensions. Both vehicles have raised roof rails, and a curved, bar-style grille with the automaker’s logo placed centrally. The GLE has chrome accent pieces and a metallic running bar across the lower portion of the door panels. The GLS has black accents with a step bar along with the lower-side panels.


Throughout both of these Mercedes-Benz models, you can appreciate a slew of comparable features. These features include the MBUX system, ambient lighting, leather material, privacy glass, a backup camera, wireless internet connectivity, and more. Features in the GLS that are unavailable or optional in the GLE include aux inputs, an MP3 player, a premium audio system, an HD drive, and more.

Our Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines associates will not rest until you have all of the information you need to make your luxury SUV selection with the highest degree of confidence. To speak with a sales associate and to make arrangements for a behind-the-wheel comparison, contact us today.

* 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.

** Stated rates of acceleration are based upon manufacturer’s track results and may vary depending on model, environmental and road surface conditions, driving style, elevation and vehicle load.

*** With optional trailer hitch. Read Operator’s Manual before towing. In some states, aftermarket trailer brakes are required. See dealer for details.