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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs GLC vs GLE vs GLS

Car shoppers looking to purchase a brand-new Mercedes-Benz SUV can learn the key differences between the luxury brand's main SUV models with this helpful model overview and comparison from Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead located in Phoenix, AZ.

The model descriptions and comparison chart included below highlight each of the main SUV models: the GLA, GLC, GLE, and GLS. Discover which Mercedes-Benz SUV best fits your budget, driving needs, and style. If you're interested in learning more about any of these SUVs, or test driving the model of your choice, contact the team here at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead. We're happy to help! 

GLA vs GLC vs GLE vs GLS

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2018 GLA in Silver - Side View

Mercedes-Benz GLA

The brand’s most compact SUV, the GLA is sporty, adventurous, and versatile. A great option for shoppers seeking an efficient, fun-to-drive vehicle ideal for everyday use. Available in three configurations including an AMG® option.

2018 GLC in Red - Side/Front View

Mercedes-Benz GLC

A mid-size SUV, the GLC sets the segment standard in space, style, and substance. A perfect match for driving enthusiasts who want to take on the road with confidence and passion. Available in five configurations including two AMG® options. 

2018 GLE SUV in Silver - Side View

Mercedes-Benz GLE

A premium mid-size SUV, the GLE offers a spacious cabin filled with upscale comfort, convenience, and safety features. A perfect fit for shoppers seeking incredible comfort and innovation. Available in six configurations including three AMG® options. 

2018 GLS in Blue - Side View

Mercedes-Benz GLS

A full-size, three-row SUV, the GLS was designed with family values in mind. Capable, flexible, and well-equipped, it delivers an upscale, enhanced experience in every row. Available in three configurations, including an AMG® option.

Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV


Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV


Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV


Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV


Starting MSRP:


Starting MSRP:


Starting MSRP:


Starting MSRP:


Max Horsepower & Torque:

208 hp & 258 lb-ft torque /

375 hp & 350 lb-ft torque (AMG® model)

Max Horsepower & Torque:

241 - 315 hp & 273 - 413 lb-ft torque /

362 - 469 hp & 384 - 479 lb-ft torque (AMG® model)

Max Horsepower & Torque:

302 - 436 hp & 273 - 479 lb-ft torque /

385 - 577 hp & 384 - 561 lb-ft torque (AMG® model)

Max Horsepower & Torque:

362 - 448 hp & 369 - 516 lb-ft torque /

577 hp & 561 lb-ft torque (AMG® model)

Seating Capacity:

5 Passengers

Seating Capacity:

5 Passengers

Seating Capacity:

5 Passengers

Seating Capacity:

7 Passengers

Max Cargo & Towing Capacity:

43.6 cu-ft & Not Recommended

Max Cargo & Towing Capacity:

56.5 cu-ft & 3,500 lbs 

Max Cargo & Towing Capacity:

80.3 cu-ft & 7,200 lbs 

Max Cargo & Towing Capacity:

93.8 cu-ft & 7,500 lbs 

*MSRP does not include transportation charge. Excludes options, taxes, title, and registration, and Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead prep. Options, model availability, and price may vary. See Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead for details. 

Overview of Key Standard Features Across Mercedes-Benz SUV Models

Mercedes-Benz GLA | Standard features include an 8" color display with a central controller, dual USB audio ports, a power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, and ATTENTION ASSIST®. 

Mercedes-Benz GLC | Standard features include a 7" color display with a central controller, five years of mbrace® Connect services, a 14-way power driver seat with memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS®. 

Mercedes-Benz GLE | Standard features include an 8" color display with a central controller, a power tilt/sliding sunroof, Crosswind Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, and auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors. 

Mercedes-Benz GLS | Standard features include heated front seats, a household-type 155V power outlet, aluminum roof rails, 19" 5-spoke wheels, and several driver-assistance systems.

Test drive the Mercedes-Benz SUV of your choice at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead! Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team will be happy to help you find your next dream vehicle. 

2018 GLA in Gold
2018 GLC Command Center
2019 AMG GLE SUV in Black
2018 GLS SUV cabin and seats