The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs GLE

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2021 GLC 300 SUV


2021 GLE 350 SUV


6.1 sec

0-60 MPH Acceleration

7.0 sec
255 hp


255 hp
5 passengers


5-7 passengers
22 city/29 hwy mpg

Gas Mileage (EPA est.)

19 city/26 hwy mpg
19.4-56.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space

33.3-74.9 cubic feet

Are you in the market for a new Mercedes-Benz SUV, but can’t decide between the GLC and GLE? It’s a tough choice! Either automobile would make a fine addition to any Urbandale driveway. To help you decide, we’ve put together a side-by-side 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. GLE comparison below. Let’s get right into the details.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs GLE – Price Tag

The GLC is the less expensive Mercedes-Benz SUV in this comparison. That makes sense. The GLC is a spacious SUV with plenty of features, but the GLE is the bigger SUV with even more features. Of course, you’ll want to check the Mercedes-Benz national offers for the best deal. Here is the starting MSRP for each:

Starting MSRP

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE – $54,750*
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC – $43,200*

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs GLE – Room on the Inside

You’ll have plenty of space for your cargo and your passengers will have more than enough room to stretch out, regardless of which Mercedes-Benz SUV you choose. However, the GLE has an optional 3rd row, enabling you to seat two more passengers than you can in the GLC. Here are some of the specs for the interior:

2021 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

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior dimensions:

  • Passenger 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
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 74.9 cubic feet

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs GLE – Luxury Features

There is an abundance of luxury features in either Mercedes-Benz SUV to make your Ankeny commute more enjoyable. But the GLE has the larger set of optional luxury features. Here are a few of the features that are available in the GLE that are not available in the GLC:

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

Check Out Both Mercedes-Benz SUVs at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines

We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle. You can even apply for financing online! Our dealership is just a short drive away from both Waukee and Ames, but you can also browse our entire inventory from the comfort of your own home! So, contact us 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.

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