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Mercedes GLE and GLC: is the smaller SUV better?

Arturo Rivas
Mercedes GLE versus GLC
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D the original taste coupé versions of the GLC and GLE let's disregard and just look at the SUVs. The clarified analyst noticed straight away: Both have four wheels, drive on asphalt and off-road, and are larger and taller than a mid-range sedan. Basically, they are therefore intended for the same purpose, namely to roll over rough terrain if necessary - although presumably neither one nor the other will be chased through the mud particularly often.

Mercedes GLE and GLC - Are both necessary?

The most noticeable visual differentiating feature is the GLE's C-pillar. Furthermore, the taillights can still be distinguished. Here the GLC got the more elegant rear lights. At the front, however, they are much more difficult to separate. Overall, the GLE looks a bit more angular. Crazy world: Where the GLC actually entered the ring as a descendant of the edge king GLK and the GLE is essentially a facelift of the ML.

There are big differences in the dimensions. The GLC is' just 'a compact SUV . The GLE is 4.5 centimeters wider, 15 centimeters higher and 17 centimeters longer. No wonder that the trunk volume of 690 liters is 140 liters larger than the Mercedes GLC. In addition, there is a lot of space in the GLC trunk under the double loading floor. What is remarkable, however, is that the GLE's more generous external dimensions do not result in any significant differences for the passengers. Headroom and legroom are almost the same in both models, and in some cases even more generous in the GLC (1,064 mm between the driver's seat and the headliner in the GLC - 1,059 mm in the GLE). The vehicle size is therefore mainly reflected in the load volume and the seat width. Only getting out of the rear of the smaller Daimler is not very comfortable: Because of the narrow door opening and the bench that protrudes far into it, you have to consciously lift your foot over the surprisingly high sill.

With so many differences, it is necessary But there is also something in common: Both are available as an inline four-cylinder 250 d 4Matic with 204 hp and move inof energy efficiency class A. Another thing in common? Both have a turning circle of 11.8 meters. The gearshift also uses the same nine-speed automatic for both models.

Mercedes GLC with better values ​​

In terms of driving performance, however, the GLE's 415 kilos extra weight get in the way. The GLC sprints from 0-100 km /h in 7.6 seconds, while the bigger brother needs 8.6 seconds. Even at the top speed of 222 km /h, the GLE cannot keep up and only manages 210 km /h. He can outbid the combined average consumption. According to the factory, the full SUV uses at least 5.9 liters of diesel - 0.9 liters more than the compact GLC.

The compact SUV can be shooed around corners in a more sporty manner due to its weight alone and can also do so be equipped with a sports suspension. In the GLE, on the other hand, even those who order an AMG version will not be able to ignore the two tons of flywheel.

And yet the big one costs just under 10,000 euros more. Well, that's what the S-Class cockpit controls are for, while the GLC driver finds himself in the C-Class finish. This now requires a list of the respective standard equipment. The little one can make the start:

  • Chrome details and 18-inch wheels
  • Intelligent LED lights and adaptive brake lights
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel, piano lacquer and chrome decor
  • Instrument cluster with 5.5 'display
  • Headrests & glasses compartment & bag hooks & sun visors & glove compartment
  • ' Mercedes-Benz 'laurel wreath badge on the bonnet
  • Door sills with Mercedes lettering
  • Automatic air conditioning' Thermatic '
  • Cup holder
  • Tip Wiper function & rain sensor & heat-insulating glass
  • Electric windows and exterior mirrors (also heatable)
  • Cruise control
  • Tire pressure control
  • Driving mode selection 'Dynamic Select '
  • Agility Control chassis
  • ESP, ABS and Adaptive Break
  • Central locking
  • Collision Assistant and Attention Assist
  • Start & Stop function
  • ... and a few small things like luggage nets and rear bumpers, which we now look at enken

Those who opt for the GLE also get electrically adjustable front seats, a Direct Select circuit, a CD player, an electronic traction system (4Ets) and upfront in addition to the above-mentioned equipment features - and rollover sensors, hill descent aid, underguard front and rear, a socket and a few more gimmicks. The air suspension, however, is subject to a surcharge on both models.

The engine selection makes the difference

Who is really one Other - not just a more voluminous - vehicle would like to have to improve in terms of motorization. Here the GLE has a lot more choice, such as a V6 diesel,a V8 petrol engine, a hybrid version and two AMG versions. The GLC has so far only been available as a four-cylinder with a maximum of 211 hp (in the GLC 250 4Matic gasoline engine). Otherwise, the GLE offers more cargo space and easier access to the rear, but the GLC should have the lead when looking for a parking space and the narrow spaces in front of the kindergarten. Neither of them want to be tabloid off-roaders. Both are quite suitable for the adventure ride through the thicket. What remains is the image effect on the boulevard: You can tell the higher price of the GLE is due to its sheer size - if that was the only option, the GLE could cost more than Mercedes charges and can even compete with the S-Class in terms of appearance . The comparatively petite GLC is more socially acceptable.


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