M-Class vs. GL-Class: What’s the Difference?

March 15th, 2018 by

What is difference between the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and M-Class? First off, let’s clear some things up. As of 2016, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is now known as the GLE-Class and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is now the GLS-Class.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS_Black

Since then, Mercedes-Benz SUVs use the base name “GL” followed by the model’s placement in the Mercedes-Benz hierarchy:


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLESUV 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS
3.5L V6ENGINE3.0L V6 biturbo
302 hp @ 6,500 rpmHORSEPOWER362 hp @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
7.5 sec0-60 mph6.5 sec
18 mpg city/23 mpg hwyFUEL EFFICIENCY17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy
80.3 cu ftCARGO CAPACITY93.8 cu ft

To answer your question—what is the difference between the GLE and GLS—essentially it has to do with size. Unlike the GLE, the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV features third row seating to accommodate up to seven passengers.

2018 GLS 550

While the GLS boasts exceptional luxury and a spacious interior, the midsize 2018 GLE SUV’s next generation safety features are what made it a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK winner presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2018 GLE 350

The GLE also comes standard with:

  • 8-inch high-resolution color screen
  • Hands-free Bluetooth® interface
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming

Meanwhile, the GLS includes these standard features only available as options on the GLE:

  • Heated front seats
  • Remote Start via mbrace® Mobile App
  • AIRMATIC® suspension
  • ECO Start/Stop System

Now through April 2, 2018, lease a 2018 GLE 350 SUV for only $599 a month for 36 months*! Click here to learn more.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz GLS

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