|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class||VS||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class|
|3.5-Liter V6||Engine||2-Liter I4|
|190 in.||Length||183 in.|
Both brand new for 2016, the GLE and the GLC are two of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the last five years. Like all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, they are right at the apex of modern luxury and comfort. From the handcrafted leather interior to the distinctive curvature on the outside, these cars are revolutionizing the automotive industry. They have many similarities, but what sets them apart? It can be difficult to understand what differences are pertinent in new cars, especially in the case of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. For this reason, we have highlighted some of the advantages of each model class.
As a replacement for the M-Class, the GLE is designed to represent the E-Class sedan within the SUV community. This is the first area of contrast. The GLC is a replacement for the GLK and is a older brother to the C-Class sedan. From this information, we can deduce that the GLE is designed for luxury and convenience, whereas the C-Class is designed for efficiency and sport.
The GLC is currently only available with one engine option. Although it is both efficient and powerful, the GLE pulls ahead with a flexibility of 7 different trims. Five of these trims will feature 4 options of combustion engines. The remaining two include a plug-in hybrid and a diesel engine. With the GLC, the only powertrain decision to be made is the option of rear wheel or all-wheel drive.
Inside the cabin, the GLE also pulls ahead with more standard features and a longer wheelbase. The same features are available with the GLC as well, but they do not come standard. In terms of size, it is not much bigger, but just enough to notice a difference. This also comes with a few drawbacks that include loss of efficiency and agility, but the added comfort outweighs these disadvantages.
In the head-to-head matchup of 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, the GLE crosses the finish line first, but to say that the GLC is inferior would be a stretch. The GLC has its own disadvantages, such as affordability, and will likely receive more engine options after its release in November 2015.