Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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, Automotive Editor - April 25, 2024
2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Like many automakers, Mercedes-Benz is looking to simplify and cut costs. For the German luxury brand, that means reducing its lineup. Instead of offering both the C-Class and E-Class in coupe and convertible models, Mercedes has introduced the all-new CLE, which slots in between the two models and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. With the introduction of the new CLE, shoppers may find themselves wondering how the CLE stacks up to the new C-Class and the discontinued C-Class coupe.

In this comparison, we’ll look at how the Mercedes-Benz CLE stacks up to the C-Class when it comes to price, size, interior design, and specs. In the end, we’ll name a winner that’s the better option for most shoppers.

Mercedes CLE vs. C-Class Price

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLE prices start at $57,650, while the most expensive Mercedes-Benz CLE is priced at $69,400. These figures are for the coupe body style. The cheapest Mercedes-Benz CLE Convertible costs $65,500 and the most expensive Mercedes-Benz CLE Convertible is priced at $77,600.

The cheapest Mercedes-Benz C-Class costs $48,100 and the most expensive Mercedes-Benz C-Class is priced at $52,200. Pricing for the high-powered AMG C63 costs between $85,050 to $87,100. Mercedes has not announced pricing for the AMG C43 yet. When the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Convertible were on sale, pricing started at $50,600 and $58,300, respectively.

There’s a price difference of $9,550 between the new C-Class and CLE with the C-Class being the more affordable option of the two. Compared to the now-discounted C-Class Coupe, there’s a $14,900 difference in price with the C-Class Coupe being far more affordable.

Shoppers will find that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available with better lease deals than the CLE. Both vehicles are available with similar financing and purchase deals.

Mercedes CLE vs. C-Class Dimensions

2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

The new Mercedes-Benz CLE has a 112.8-inch wheelbase and is 191 inches long, 73.2 inches wide, and 56.2 inches tall. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class also has a 112.8-inch wheelbase and is 187 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 56.6 inches tall.

On the road, the CLE and C-Class are so similar in size to one another that they should feel almost identical to drive.

Mercedes CLE vs. C-Class Interior

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class Dashboard

Unsurprisingly, both the Mercedes-Benz CLE and C-Class share the same interior design. Both vehicles have Mercedes’ latest interior design language with a tiered dashboard, square air vents, a central touchscreen that’s slightly angled toward the driver, and a digital instrument cluster that’s positioned in front of the dash.

The most obvious difference between the two vehicles is that the CLE has a set of tight rear seats, while the C-Class has more spacious rear seats with room for three people. The CLE has 34.2 inches of rear legroom, while the C-Class has 36 inches of rear legroom.

Mercedes CLE vs. C-Class Specs

2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine

There’s a lot we still don’t know about the Mercedes-Benz CLE and even the C-Class. The CLE is available with two powertrains, with the base model featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The available CLE 450 steps things up with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that’s rated at 375 hp and 369 l-ft of torque. Both engines come with a mild-hybrid 48-volt system that includes an electric motor.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a wider line with similar engines. The base C-Class comes with the same turbo-four-cylinder engine as the CLE and delivers the same performance. The AMG C43 comes with a high-performance turbo-four engine that produces 402 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The range-topping AMG C63 S E Performance features a plug-in hybrid engine that combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and an onboard battery pack. Power is rated at up to 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque.

We expect the CLE to be available in AMG models, but Mercedes hasn’t announced any specifications yet.

Mercedes CLE vs. C-Class: Which Is Better?

The all-new Mercedes-Benz CLE is clearly meant to fill the void left by the discontinuation of the coupe and convertible versions of the C-Class and E-Class. With those body styles being discontinued, Mercedes-Benz’s lineup had a hole that needed to be filled. The CLE clearly fills that hole and, for drivers who have been waiting for a new coupe and convertible from the brand, it’s a welcomed sight.

For most drivers, the more affordable C-Class is the better option of the two. It’s available with more engines, a more spacious second row, has a similar interior design, and is more affordable. The CLE may be a sleek luxury car, but it’s not as practical as the C-Class and it’s not as upscale as the E-Class.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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