Volvo XC90 Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE: Specs, Size, Performance

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Volvo XC90

The 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV comparison is between two sleek luxury vehicles designed to be excellent family vehicles. Both are available in several different configurations, ranging from entry-level models with efficient engines to top-tier versions with abundant luxuries and incredible performance. Each of these SUVs can serve you well, but one is bound to be the better choice. Read on to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. Volvo XC90.

Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE Performance and MPG

When looking at the 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE, you'll notice that both have more than one available powertrain configuration. The entry-level Volvo XC90 comes with the B5 AWD powertrain, which pairs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid battery-and-motor system for 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This setup is efficient for a three-row SUV, earning an EPA-estimated 22/28/25 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).1

The next Volvo XC90 powertrain option is the B6 AWD powertrain. It adds a supercharger to the B5 configuration, raising the horsepower rating to 295 and the torque to 310 pound-feet. This powertrain option is more powerful than the entry-level one, but it does get slightly lower fuel economy, scoring an EPA-estimated 20/26/22 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).1

The final option is the plug-in hybrid Recharge powertrain. It uses the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder but pairs it with an 18.8-kWh battery-and-motor system for 455 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. Scoring an EPA-estimated 58 MPGe,2 this option is powerful and highly efficient.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV has a dizzying array of engine options. The entry-level configuration is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and which scores an EPA-estimated 20/25/22 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).3 Drivers will note that this is significantly less efficient than the entry-level Volvo B5 powertrain, without much more power.

For tens of thousands more, you could opt for a Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC, which uses a 4.0-liter V-8 to make 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 16/21/18 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).3 At that point, you may as well get the plug-in hybrid Volvo XC90 Recharge and vastly boost your fuel efficiency.

The performance and efficiency portion of our Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE comparison certainly goes to the Volvo XC90, which has muscular and efficient powertrain options. Now, we'll turn to the dimensions of these two vehicles to see which one will do a better job of holding your family and all their luggage or gear.

2023 Volvo XC90 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
Horsepower 247 hp @ 5,500 rpm 255 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm
Towing Capacity 4,000 lbs4 5,950 lbs5
EPA-Estimated MPG (Combined) 251 223
Seating Capacity Up to 7 Up to 7
Torque 258 lb-ft 273 lb-ft
Cargo Space 85.7 cu ft 74.9 cu ft
Length 195 in 194.3 in
0 to 60 mph 7.3 sec 7.1 sec

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. Volvo XC90 Dimensions

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE is 194.3 inches long, 70.7 inches tall, and 76.7 inches wide (without the mirrors). These dimensions translate to a fairly spacious interior, with 40.5 inches of front headroom and 40.3 inches of front legroom. Second-row riders get 40.9 inches of legroom and 36.9 inches of headroom.

An important point of departure in our 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE matchup is the fact that a third row of seating is an expensive add-on in the Mercedes SUV, whereas it's standard in the Volvo vehicle.

The 2023 Volvo XC90 is 195 inches long, 79.1 inches wide, and 69.9 inches tall. You and your front-seat passenger will enjoy 38.9 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. The second row has 38.5 inches of headroom and 37 inches of legroom. The standard third row boasts 36.3 inches of headroom and 31.9 inches of space for your legs. If you fold down both rows of seating, the Volvo XC90 has 85.7 cubic feet of cargo space. This beats out the Mercedes-Benz GLE, which has only 74.9 cubes behind the first row.

This part of our Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE comparison is pretty close. The vehicles have fairly similar dimensions. One place where there is a clear advantage, however, is that the Volvo XC90 comes standard with three rows of seating. If you're more interested in hauling cargo than people, the Volvo SUV is still the way to go, as it can fit more than 10 additional cubic feet of cargo with every seat down. Drivers who want to get behind the wheel of a brand-new Volvo XC90 without the hassle of securing financing to buy it should consider our Volvo XC90 lease options.

Thank you for reading our Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. Volvo XC90 review. The Volvo SUV is more comfortable and efficient than the Mercedes counterpart and has a lower starting price. With all this in mind, we'd recommend that you check out our Volvo XC90 for sale. This sleek vehicle will serve you well. If you want a smaller SUV, you can find a great option in our new Volvo inventory. Whether you want our Volvo XC90 or another dynamic Volvo vehicle, we look forward to doing business with you soon.


Is GLE bigger than Volvo XC90?

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV and the Volvo XC90 are comparable in size. The Volvo vehicle is longer and wider, but the Mercedes-Benz GLE is a bit taller. Inside, however, we see clear differences between the two. With its seats folded down, the Volvo XC90 can hold 85.7 cubic feet of cargo, while the Mercedes-Benz GLE can only haul 74.9 cubes worth of stuff.

Is a Volvo vehicle more expensive to maintain than a Mercedes-Benz vehicle?

Volvo vehicles are not more expensive to maintain than Mercedes-Benz models. New Volvo cars come with complimentary scheduled maintenance, and they are well-designed and durable. Volvo Cars designs its vehicles to be long-lived and relatively easy to service, which helps you keep your maintenance costs down. Please contact our team if you have questions about Volvo automotive service.

Is a Volvo SUV better to buy than a Mercedes-Benz SUV?

Volvo automobiles tend to offer drivers better value for their hard-earned money than Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Volvo Cars imbues its cars with incredible safety technology, impressive performance capabilities, and efficient engines. The Volvo XC90 gets better average fuel economy ratings than the Mercedes-Benz GLE, for example. Please reach out to us to learn more about the bold new Volvo XC90.

Volvo XC90 Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE: 2023 SUV Comparison - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

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2This is a hybrid plug in vehicle. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate the fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle battery-package/condition, and other factors. For more information, including information on MPGe, see

3EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.