2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB vs GLE
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB

vs.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$38,050 MSRP*

Starting Price

$54,750 MSRP*
221 hp

Base Power

255 hp
302 hp

Available Power

603 hp
5, or 7 with optional 3rd Row

Seating Capacity

5, or 7 with optional 3rd Row
62.0 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

74.9 cubic feet
Not Rated for Towing

Towing Capacity

Up to 7,700 pounds

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE


The perfect new luxury SUV for your San Antonio commute is waiting for you at Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio! Before you make the short trip to visit our luxury showroom, we’ll help you compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. GLE to get an idea of which model is better suited to your lifestyle and driving needs.

Before you read on, here are some quick GLB vs. GLE facts:

  • The new GLE comes at a higher starting price than the GLB.
  • There are more configurations for the GLE.
  • The GLB and GLE both provide standard two-row seating for five passengers, and both can be outfitted with three-row seating if desired.
  • The GLE is larger, so it offers more cargo room than the GLB.

Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. GLE: Pricing and Options

As we noted, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB has a lower price range than the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE. First-time luxury buyers with a careful budget to stick to would do well to dip their toes in the luxury market with the new GLB. If this isn’t your first luxury purchase and you’re looking for more than your previous vehicle offered, the GLE gives a lot of opportunity to do so with a more extensive trim level range:

Mercedes-Benz GLB Pricing

  • 2021 GLB 250 SUV – $38,050 MSRP*
  • 2021 GLB 250 4MATIC® SUV – $40,050 MSRP*
  • 2021 AMG® GLB 35 SUV – $49,500 MSRP*

Mercedes-Benz GLE Pricing

  • 2021 GLE 350 SUV – $54,750 MSRP*
  • 2021 GLE 350 4MATIC® SUV – $57,250 MSRP*
  • 2021 GLE 450 4MATIC® SUV – $62,500 MSRP*
  • 2021 GLE 580 4MATIC® SUV – $78,900 MSRP*
  • 2021 AMG® GLE 53 4MATIC®+ SUV – $72,350 MSRP*
  • 2021 AMG® GLE 63 S 4MATIC®+ SUV – $113,950 MSRP*

GLB vs. GLE: Performance Options

Which SUV is a better match for your performance expectations on Alamo Heights roads? The new GLB achieves 221 hp standard, which is sure to make for a more exciting commute. For more discerning performance enthusiasts, the GLE provides a few more powerful engine upgrades than the GLB:

Mercedes-Benz GLB Engines

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo – 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • AMG®-enhanced 2.0L inline-4 turbo – 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque

Mercedes-Benz GLE Engines

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo – 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost – 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque
  • AMG®-enhanced 3.0L inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost – 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque
  • 4.0L V8 biturbo with EQ Boost – 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque
  • Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo with EQ Boost – 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque

Do you need an SUV that can tow? If so, you will definitely want to opt for the new GLE as it offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. The smaller GLB is not rated for towing, but as you’ll see below, it boasts a generous cargo area.

Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. GLE: Interior Measurements

Finally, we’ll compare the Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. GLE interior dimensions. If you have a growing family to accommodate, both SUVs offer the option to upgrade from two-row to three-row seating. However, the larger GLE provides a larger cargo hold:

Mercedes-Benz GLB Dimensions

  • Seats 5 to 7 passengers
  • Legroom of 41.1 inches (1st) and 38.1 inches (2nd)
  • 22.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row
  • 62.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats flat

Mercedes-Benz GLE Dimensions

  • Seats 5 to 7 passengers
  • Legroom of 40.3 inches (1st) and 40.9 inches (2nd)
  • 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row
  • 74.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats flat

Compare the GLB vs. GLE with Us in San Antonio

Have you determined which SUV will come home with you to Shavano Park? You can test drive the GLB and GLE at Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio whenever you’re ready! Contact us to schedule your appointment today. Are you wishing for an in-between option between the GLB vs. GLE? Take a look at our GLB vs. GLC comparison to determine if the GLC could be just right for you.

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.

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