In-brand comparisons are always useful tools for car shoppers, especially to those who don't pay close attention to the auto industry aside from when they are in search of their next vehicle. The particular comparison should prove to be especially useful, though, as it focuses in on two recently renamed and redesigned luxury utility vehicles — the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.
While these models aren't necessarily new to the lineup, as they were formerly known as the GLK-Class and the M-Class, respectively, they both get significant overhauls for the new model year. To help you distinguish between the two and give you some insights into which model will better meet your needs, we did a brief 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. GLE-Class comparison.
The first thing you should know is that the GLE-Class is larger than the GLC-Class. As a mid-size SUV, the GLE-Class sits five passengers, but provides each a little extra space. It also provides more trunk and overall cargo space when the rear seats are folded. That said, the GLC-Class does narrow the gap for the 2016 model year, as a longer wheelbase makes allows for more cargo and passengers space than the outgoing model.
Mercedes-Benz' Newest SUVs Go Head-To-Head
With the wide range of engine options available throughout the Mercedes-Benz lineup, it's not surprising that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE-Class models get their power from distinct powertrains. While both models features a number of variations, the GLC300 is poised to drive sales for the compact SUV. That model gets its power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350, the most popular of its range, houses a direct-injection V-6 engine that delivers 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Both models feature available 4MATIC AWD systems and Dynamic Select.
Schedule a test drive in both the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and start your own side-by-side comparison at Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City.