2021 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Comparison in Torrance, CA

With bold, modern Scandanavian design, impressive performance and the cutting-edge, award-winning safety for which Volvo is known, the 2021 Volvo XC90 is the finest three-row SUV for your Southern California commute. To prove it, we'll compare it against similarly priced competitors here at Volvo Cars South Bay. Not even the more-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers the safety, comfort and value you get from the Volvo XC90. Get all the features you demand for your family for less from Volvo.

Volvo XC90 interior features

2021 Volvo XC90 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Size & Utility

Very similarly sized, the 2021 Volvo XC90 and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE both offer premium comfort for up to seven passengers -- however, a three-row, seven-passenger configuration is standard on the Volvo XC90. A third row is an optional upgrade that'll cost you a bit more on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE. Furthermore, you get a little bit more legroom in the front seats in the 2021 Volvo XC90 as well as lots more cargo volume. With the second and third rows of seats collapsed, you reveal 85.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space! The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE pales in comparison with just 74.9 cubic feet of space.

Volvo XC90 technology

2021 Volvo XC90 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Features & Comfort

Despite costing a whole lot less, the 2021 Volvo XC90 provides more generous standard comfort features than its Mercedes-Benz rival. For instance, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE features standard dual-zone automatic climate control whereas the XC90 enjoys four-zone climate control as standard. You also get a standard panoramic sunroof in the XC90 much larger than what you find on the GLE (that model offers a panoramic sunroof, but it'll cost you extra as an upgrade). The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE even comes standard with leatherette upholstery. On the 2021 Volvo XC90, you get genuine Nappa leather upholstery as standard, or choose the available wool upholstery for comfort and durability no synthetic leather or ordinary cloth can come close to -- particularly when parked in the hot sun.

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Volvo XC90 performance specs

2021 Volvo XC90 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Performance & Drive

With just a few horsepower and a handful of pound-feet of torque separating these vehicles at the entry level, you'll find both SUVs have the power you need for your daily drive. Thanks to a standard turbocharged engine, the 2021 Volvo XC90 moves with more agility and quickness than you might expect from a three-row SUV -- and with up to 400 horsepower on tap from the available T8 plug-in hybrid engine in the Recharge model, there's plenty more power for those who demand even more. Both vehicles even offer a four-wheel adjustable air suspension, so you'll feel like you're floating on a cloud over bumps, cracks and ruts in the road.

Volvo XC90 safety features

2021 Volvo XC90 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Safety & Technology

When it comes to safety, you expect nothing but the best for your family at this price point. That's exactly what you'll get from both vehicles, both having been dubbed 2021 Top Safety Pick+ award winners by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the 2021 Volvo XC90 still gives you superior value.

In 7-passenger configurations, the middle seat in the second row of the 2021 Volvo XC90 can fold down into an integrated booster seat -- for those little ones who've outgrown the car seat, but still aren't ready to sit in a typical seat by themselves. No more shuffling boosters from vehicle to vehicle! Instead, the child booster seat simply folds into the seat's backrest when not in use. You won't find that feature on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Best of all, the 2021 Volvo XC90 comes standard with more driver assistance, such as Road Sign Information, Lane Keeping Aid and rear traffic alert with auto-brake. These features are available on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE, but none come standard. So you'll have to pay even more.

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Why Choose Volvo Cars South Bay?

With a proven dedication to reliability and safety that goes back decades, Volvo has earned its position as one of the world's most trusted automakers. From first-to-market safety innovations to more premium, more sustainable materials and quality construction, a new Volvo is sure to provide the comfort, convenience and excitement you're looking for from your next car, crossover or SUV. Best of all, you're buying from a dealership that stands behind you long after your new vehicle rolls off the lot. Part of the McKenna auto group, Volvo Cars South Bay gives you access to the McKenna VIP Program and other perks when you purchase a new Volvo with us. We invite you to come meet our friendly, knowledgeable team and come see the dazzling new collection of Volvo models in our inventory at Volvo Cars South Bay. Take your no-pressure test drive today.