What’s going on YouTube When a brand has two products that are fairly close to each other in terms of price size and performance It’s only natural to wonder which is the best overall option that scenario describes the Mercedes GL e and GLC perfectly since both our two row crossovers that have been recently redesigned or refreshed and the pricing overlaps a lot So which Mercedes crossover is the better choice for you and your family? Let’s go ahead and find out So like always the first thing on the agenda is the pricing and equipment of these two Obviously the GLE is a higher end product So if you are choosing between the two you get to pick a highly option GLC or a lightly option GLE That’s exactly how these testers are arranged So with our GLC 300 we have nearly every possible option checked off Totalling up to nearly 20 grand and equipment and ballooning the total price tag to just a touch under sixty four thousand dollars For the GLE we have the 450 version lightly optioned with less than four thousand dollars of extras That means the total price is almost exactly the same as our GLC at sixty four thousand nine hundred dollars So starting things off with the exterior designs as siblings to each other There are more common design characteristics. Then there are radical differences The GLE of course was fully redesigned this year with the latest Mercedes design language featuring a more muscular fascia and fully modern lighting The GLC was just refreshed this year to introduce a lot of the same design elements from its Big Brother So besides for the fact that it has the sporty AMG line appearance elements, you’ll see that it looks a lot alike up front However the similarity start to fade with the rest of the designs since the GLE is about 10 inches larger than the C And it has a more substantial looking design that makes that size difference even more pronounced But as far as actual scorable features they are once again on equal footing Now moving beyond the appearances to the features both models have Nice-looking 20-inch contrast alloys as well as mirrors better power folding auto dimming and have blind spot indicators built-in Now as far as the other safety systems This is an interesting point to consider Because at this price point the GLC has the drivers assistance package with absolutely every safety system available But with the GLE it would need to be added for an additional 20 to 50 Finally the last thing to mention on the outside is that the GLE out tows the C by a significant margin 3500 versus seventy seven hundred pounds, so That’s it for the exterior, so now let’s go ahead and check out the more important cabins Now moving on into the interiors obviously both have smart entry with the newest Mercedes ki father But as soon as you open the doors, you’ll see that unlike the outside. The interiors are significantly different The GLC has the c-class interior layout Complete with saddle Brown real leather seating and open for walnut wood trim Our GLE however has to make do with black mb-tex synthetic leather for this equivalently priced example As far as the seats themselves both have 16 ways of power adjustment 3 personal memory and heating though They are missing ventilation Once inside both have incredibly rich looking cabins. So starting off with the gles material It has a soft touch dashboard on the upper parts and in the middle, it has real great lend ashwood All the lower areas are nicely padded and there is leather trimming on the handle where your knee might touch The GLC has a similar caliber of material but unlike the GLE this price point gets the leatherette dashboard and upper door trim The C also has more generous use of wood since the entire center console is covered in it instead of the gloss piano black So at this price point the GLC will take the materials point Now starting them both up we have to talk about the gauges and the general screen situation Both for the first time have fully reconfigurable twelve point three inch gauges running the newest mb UX software However, that doesn’t tell the whole story The GLE actually offers significantly more designs colors and layout options than in the C It also connects directly to the main twelve point three inch display compared to the GLC is separated ten point three inch screen Heading back to the steering wheels. They are essentially the same with leather aluminum power adjustment and both lacking heating Now for the next important item, we have interior storage where surprisingly both have pretty much the same amount The center consoles and front storage bins are roughly the same size and both also have wireless phone charger They additionally share shifter designs But only the GLC has a 360-degree camera system at this middle sixties price point Continuing the string of similarities they both come with five hundred ninety watt 13 speaker Berman terse ounces And lastly at this price point the GLC gives you a panel moonroof instead of a regular sized one All right now moving on to the rear areas This is where the GLE starts to really shot as a larger vehicle quite simply is going to have more space However in the back the loaded GLC will come with more amenities to make up for that like heated rear seats and rear climate controls Though it is missing charging USB ports Opening up the hands-free tailgate reveals. The expected fact that the GLE is larger While Mercedes hasn’t made these specific numbers available. It is very obviously larger with both the seats up and down and Additionally the GLE has an available third row and a spare tire But that’s enough of the inside. So now let’s take these out on the road Of all the things thus far the power trains are the biggest point of difference here the GLC 300 goes the traditional route with a turbo 4-cylinder making 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque But this GLE 450 has a 6 cylinder with what Mercedes calls EQ boost mild hybrid system It makes substantially more power and torque 362 horsepower and 369 pounds of torque Yeah, you’re definitely gonna have no trouble at all just getting up to speed that was 60 a real fast there Yeah by the seat of my pants it’s every bit as fast as the q5 which itself is We have one of the fastest things a Germans generally speaking here are Quite a bit faster than the Japanese competition which tends to be like seven Seconds or so where this is under six seconds Yeah Yeah, you’ll definitely be able to get up to highway speed very easily five and a half seconds is very fast for You know some it’s a big crossover As far as the rides while it is true that both are comfortable the g le takes things to another level Being one of the most comfortable riding crossovers we’ve ever driven now just sitting here in traffic here for a little bit I do want to talk about the comfort of this vehicle as well Obviously this car is not geared towards performance. This is just a regular Vehicle and it is extremely comfortable in this cabin Like this is probably one of the smoothest riding cars I’ve ever been in period like I agree with that I mean the powertrain is exceptionally smooth and then the writing dynamics like the suspension is tuned so smoothly when you hit a bump you do not even tell at all and it’s also extremely Quiet inside the cabin that being said it is tuned more towards luxury Advantage ELC Which is why it’s little brother has the better feeling steering setup. I feel that it feels You’re pretty sedan, like actually it a lot of crossovers seem to compromise driving dynamics Versus their sedan siblings, you know and this actually feels a very very similar to the c-class and I don’t feel like you’re sacrificing Much in terms of the way that it dries versus a sedan The other important aspect of a luxury vehicle is overall quiet and refinement, which is once again in the gles favour it is truly one of the quietest vehicles in the entire industry and the Imperceptible auto start-stop system is one of the best we’ve ever experienced now, of course Being the mild hybrid. We do have advanced auto start-stop so one of the things that it can do is it actually power it off even before I came to a stop kind of as A coasting type of deal like we’ve seen in outies And then it starts out Unbelievably smoothly and quickly. It’s an instantaneous and you really just cannot feel it at all I mean that right there no lag whatsoever Alright restart there was really nice Very smooth, very quiet and refined Yeah, definitely Mercedes has one of the best auto start/stop systems I know we said it in the actually the all-new GLE review I thought I honestly hold that as the best auto starts system in any vehicle and this really isn’t much worse than that Right. This is of course a traditional engine. That was the mild hybrid. So it was Able to actually turn off Even just coming to a stop But as far as traditional auto start/stop systems go this is as smooth as it gets Finally, it’s worth remembering that the mild hybrid system is not designed to really benefit fuel economy So the GLC will definitely be the better choice in that regard. So There you have it Mercedes 2 best selling vehicles end up finishing neck-and-neck The important takeaway of this comparison is not that one is better than the other but instead that the winner is really based on wherever you put your priorities a fully loaded GLC is going to give you more of goodies to enjoy but for sheer size and driving abilities a Basic GLE 450 would be the better way to go Anyways, thanks for joining us for another car confections comparison We hope you found this video Insightful and be sure to subscribe and hit the notification bell for more comparisons and our signature for view videos Take care, everyone!