2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
Mercedes-Benz is renowned for its rugged yet luxurious SUVs—two of its most prominent being the GLC and GLE. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC ($39,150 MSRP) is a nimble compact SUV with great fuel economy ratings. The mid-size 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE ($52,000 MSRP), on the other hand, rests a tier higher than the GLC, offering a potent V6 engine and a massive cargo area. So, which is the right option for Sacramento families? Check out our comparison below to see what the GLC and GLE can offer you!
Performance and Handling
Strong-willed yet responsive, the 2017 GLC 300 and 2017 GLE 350 are the entry-level SUVs for their lineups, and are powered by a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine and a 3.5L V6 engine, respectively. Capable of 241 hp, the GLC 300 tows up to 3,500 pounds. Between the two, the GLE 350 has the larger muscles with 302 hp on tap, as well as a 6,600-pound towing capacity.
Of course, the GLC isn’t without its own strengths. The GLC is infused with corrected ECO-START®/STOP technology, which uses automatic engine shut-off to conserve fuel. In addition, the GLC is compatible with optional AIR BODY CONTROL®—an air suspension that utilizes sensors and pressurized air spring-struts to adjust to changing road conditions within 60 milliseconds.
If you’re shopping for a capable SUV that’s easy on gas usage, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE are both great options. The GLE earns an 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway rating, while the GLC lands a stellar 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway score. At the base level, the GLC is the more fuel-efficient SUV, but as you move up the GLE line, you’ll find the 2017 GLE 550 e Plug-In Hybrid. Motivated by a 3.0L biturbo V6 + electric motor combo, this vehicle earns a 38 MPGe city/50 MPGe highway rating in electric mode.
Seating and Space
Space is an integral part of any SUV’s interior—and the GLC and GLE deliver. Both seat five and offer similar dimensions, although seating and cargo arrangements differ. The GLE gets 60/40-split-folding rear seats, while the GLC comes with a 40/20/40-split function. The 60/40-split lets you fold either 60- or 40-percent of the rear seats, while the 40/20/40-split gives you a touch more variety and room for rear passengers. With the rear seats completely folded, the GLE and GLC offer up to 80.6 cubic feet and 56.5 cubic feet of cargo room, respectively.
Choose Your Ultimate SUV Today!
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a fuel-efficient athlete with a versatile interior, while the GLE is a tow-ready powerhouse with ample cargo room. The best way to decide which is right for your lifestyle is to see them up close! To test drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE or GLC, contact Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento near Carmichael and Elk Grove. Under our roof, you’ll find the latest from Mercedes-Benz, as well as expert financing assistance! While you’re here, be sure to check out our comparison between the Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Lexus RX, our comparison between the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Audi Q3, and our comparison between the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Lexus NX.