Compare 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE


2.0L Turbo I-4 2.0L Turbo I-4


255 hp 255 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

22/29 * 19/26 *

  Cargo Space

56.5 cu. ft. 74.9 cu. ft.

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers 5-7 Passengers (Third Row Seating Optional)

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Serving Fort Mitchell, KY

Are you torn between upgrading to the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC or the 2021 GLE? While the GLC is a compact crossover and the GLE is a midsize option, both models have the full luxury and stunning engineering you expect from a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Upon further review of these crossovers at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, you will discover that the GLC and the GLE share various features. However, they stand impressively on their own in exciting ways as well. What should you be aware of before you focus only on one model?


Across its four trim levels, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC is available with three powertrain systems. The entry-level trim is loaded with a 255-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and nine-speed auto transmission. The GLC's mid-level trims offer a 385-horsepower turbo V6 engine with 4MATIC® all-wheel drive. The top options draw 469 horsepower from a turbo V8 engine. The GLE, on the other hand, is offered with the same 255-horsepower engine and four additional engines. The most powerful engine offered in the GLE’s top trim level is a 603-horsepower turbo V8 system.


These lovely Mercedes-Benz crossovers are visually distinctive. While both have a spirited, confident profile, the GLC is a smaller vehicle with a more aggressive definition through its side panels. A wide grille also defines the GLC with vertical chrome bars. The headlights are almost completely encapsulated by an LED light bar. The GLE, on the other hand, has smoother sides with a crisp, lower-body accent on the door panels. The grille has a vertical bar design and sits over a large, well-defined bumper. The headlights have a pair of hook-like LED elements for distinction.


While you will find a great selection of common features across these two models, the 2021 GLE has several additional features available in select trim levels. Common features offered in both models are a power liftgate, leather material, a household-style power outlet, remote start, a push-button ignition, an MBUX infotainment system, assistive safety technologies, ambient cabin lighting, a navigation system, a digital display screen for the driver’s gauges, a wireless charging pad, heated front and rear seats and more. The GLE adds an available third row of seats, USB-C ports in the third row, power-adjusting second-row seats, rapid-heating and massaging front seats, a four-zone climate control system, and other advanced features.

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell is your trusted source for full details about the 2021 GLC and the 2021 GLE. For answers to your questions and to make arrangements for a test drive of any crossovers currently in our inventory, contact the Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell sales office 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.