Both Mercedes-Benz SUVs are standout class models with state-of-the-art safety and technology, smooth rides, and luxurious interiors. One distinguishing factor is size. The GLE is classified as a luxury midsize SUV while the GLB falls in line with a luxury compact SUV. The two are standout in their own right, so as a shopper - which features do you prefer? Better miles per gallon and spaciousness? Performance? Price? Drivetrain? Your answers determine which of the two is better suited for your lifestyle! 

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Are the 2020 GLE and 2020 GLB Good SUVs?


Yes, both SUVs are standout in their size classifications. The 2020 GLE underwent a full redesign before launching this year, while the GLB is a relatively new addition to the Mercedes lineup. The 2020 GLE’s body is updated to add stability and a roomier cabin for passengers. Both performance and tech were updated with an all-new infotainment system as well. Meanwhile, the 2020 GLB is a steller luxury company SUV that showcases a roomy cabin, ample engine power, and an above-average fuel economy. 

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How much does the GLE and GLB Cost? 


The 2020 GLB is substantially more affordable than the 2020 GLE. Price variation between trim levels isn’t vastly different because the GLB doesn’t offer a higher-end AMG model. The 2020 GLB 250 has a starting MSRP price of $36,000 while the base 2020 GLE MSRP price starts at $53,000. 

What is the Seating Capacity of the GLE compared to the GLB? 


 Both seat five people in their standard configuration but have the capacity to expand to seven! Both SUVs seat adults comfortably in the first and second seating rows, but it’s likely that only kids would be comfortable in longer driving trips in the third rows. This is the case for most SUVs, but it’s important to keep in mind. 


GLE vs. GLB Performance: Which is better? 


Performance elements like gas mileage, engine, and handling are important to a buyer. When making a decision to buy an SUV - it’s important to weigh which qualities and performance features are high-priority. 



  • The GLE 350 engine comes with a standard turbocharged 255 horsepower engine that can jump from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds. If you’d like a bit more power behind the wheel, consider the 450’s turbocharged six-cylinder horsepower that can hit 60 mph in under 6 seconds. Higher power engines exist if you choose to buy it! 
  • The GLB engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can punch plenty of power for most driving situations. Now, the GLB isn’t as powerful as the GLE, but it does have other advantages such as gas mileage. 

Gas Mileage 

  • The GLE 350 gets about 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway, and the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive GLE earns you 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The GLE 450 is estimated to get about 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. 
  • Meanwhile, the GLB gets an impressive 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Models with the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive get about 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. For a luxury crossover, these numbers are incredible!

Feeling on the Road

  • When you test drive a Mercedes-Benz, you want to feel like you’re driving a high-quality vehicle. The GLE 350 comes standard with rear-wheel drive but is available in 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. The GLE 450 and 580 come standard with the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. The suspension on the GLE gives you the feeling of a silky-smooth ride. Test drive a GLE at Mercedes-Benz of Northlake in Charlotte today!
  • Meanwhile, the GLB offers a very comfortable ride with very strong brakes that help you feel confident around quicker turns. The suspension also soaks up most road flaws as well. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive are available! Test drive the GLB SUV today!

Overall, the SUVs have their advantages in their own rights. Time to decide which is best for your family! Visit our dealership for a test drive or shop our online SUV selection

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