Black 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

Starting MSRP

241-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4


255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4
22 mpg city/27 mpg highway

City/Highway MPG

19 mpg city/26 mpg highway

Passenger Capacity

5 to 7 (optional)
Feature Not Offered

Mercedes-Benz User Experience

Up to 3,500 pounds

Towing Capacity

Up to 7,700 pounds

Do you have a luxury SUV in mind for your next vehicle? The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE are two top options within the segment, offering Ames shoppers both a generous assortment of features and strong capabilities. Whether you choose the new GLC or new GLE, you’ll enjoy strong performance paired with ultimate comfort. Which Mercedes-Benz SUV is right for you? Compare the GLC vs. GLE to see how their performance specs and interiors stack up.

Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE: Performance Specs

At first glance these Mercedes-Benz SUVs may seem similar, until you look at their performance specs. The GLC and GLE offer different levels of performance; one is more fuel economy focused while the other prioritizes engine power and towing power. See which model fits your driving needs:

  • Fuel Economy: Achieving an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway, the GLC is the more efficient of these Mercedes-Benz SUVs. Meanwhile, the GLE earns up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway rating.
  • Engine: The GLC SUV comes standard with a 241-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine that’s rated at 273 lb-ft of torque. The GLE SUV’s standard engine is a 255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4 that also produces 273 lb-ft of torque.
  • Towing: If you’re looking for a luxury SUV that can do some heavy lifting, the GLE rises to the challenge; offering a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds when outfitted with the optional trailer hitch. The GLC tows up to 3,500 pounds with the available trailer hitch.

Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE: Luxuries

Look over the interior features of the GLC vs. GLE, and you’ll notice many of the same features, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats with driver memory, heated front seats, and an HD Radio™ receiver. However, only the GLE offers Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). A 12.3-inch touchscreen, voice control, and touch-sensitive controls are included in this system.

Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE: Interior Dimensions

For larger Ankeny families, or those who regularly carry a lot of gear, the GLE interior has more available seating and cargo space. For those who prefer a roomy, yet nimble SUV for city driving, the GLC may prove to be the better fit. Compare the GLC vs. GLE dimensions below: 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Interior Dimensions: 

  • Passenger Capacity: 5
  • Front Headroom: 37.8 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38.5 inches
  • Front Legroom: 40.8 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 37.3 inches
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 56.5 cubic feet

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Interior Dimensions:

  • Passenger Capacity: 5 to 7 (optional)
  • Front Headroom: 40.5 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39.6 inches
  • Front Legroom: 40.3 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 40.9 inches
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: Nearly 80 cubic feet

Test Drive Both Mercedes-Benz SUVs at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines

To learn more about the GLC vs. GLE and GLE vs. BMW X5, including GLE pricing, schedule a test drive today! We’ll be happy to let you experience both vehicles in person at our Urbandale dealership!

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