|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350|
|2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder||Engine||3.5L biturbo V6|
|241 HP / 274 lb-ft Torque||Performance Specs||302 HP / 273 lb-ft Torque|
|56.2 Cu. Ft.||Cargo Space||80.3 Cu. Ft.|
|TBD||Fuel Economy||17 city / 22 hwy mpg|
New Mercedes-Benz SUVs go head-to-head
Although Mercedes-Benz hasn't been introducing compeltely redesigned models into its vehicle lineup, the brand is in the midst of an effort to rename and update a large portion of its lineup, which means there a lot of changes for consumers to absorb. As select models receive new badges, they also get equipped with the latest technology and design elements Mercedes-Benz has to offer. For 2016, two utility vehicles have been renamed, leaving many drivers wondering how these unfamiliar SUVs stack up. To help clear the air, we've provided this brief 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Mercedes-Benz GLE comparison.
As a frame of reference to those familiar with the Mercedes-Benz brand, these vehicles were formerly known as the GLK and the M-Class, respectively.
While styled similarly, there are a number of obvious differences between the GLC and GLE SUVs. The most apparent of which is size. At first glance, it's clear the GLE is the larger of the two, but determining how that size translates to actual space can be a little more difficult. Take a look at the table above to see what impact vehicle size will have on your purchasing decision.
What are some of the key differences between the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE?
As you weigh your options, the main differences between the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE can be narrowed down to two themes — size and price. While both seat five passengers, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is the smaller of the two (although larger than the GLA, which is covered in-depth here). In terms of exterior dimensions, the GLE is about six inches longer and 10 inches wider than the GLC. Although passengers will have a little more space to themselves in the GLE, there are substantial differences when it comes to cargo space, which is outlined in the table above.
Of course, the larger GLE also requires more power, which is why its standard biturbo V-6 has higher performance ratings. However, the GLC also packs plenty of punch, as it weighs much less. In the end, with its smaller build and engine, along with a few less standard features, the GLC starts at a much lower price than the GLE. Additionally, the GLC will benefit from higher fuel efficiency ratings, keeping cost of ownership lower over the course of ownership.
While both Mercedes-Benz crossovers are exceptional, they offer two distinct experiences that meet the needs of different groups of drivers. Although ratings and specs are useful tools, the best way to compare the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Mercedes-Benz GLE is to visit our showroom and get behind the wheel of these new models.