Volvo XC90 Vs. Mercedes GLE: Specs, Dimensions, Performance

The battle for three-row luxury SUV excellence begins by comparing the 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE. Both models give their all to offer the comfort and convenience you deserve, the power and efficiency you need, and the high-tech, highly-stylish benefits on your wishlist. They're both impressive machines, but one rises above with extra spaciousness, more impressive efficiency, and astoundingly generous standard features: the new Volvo XC90.

Discover how the Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE comparison favors the Scandinavian SUV below. Once you've seen its key advantages, give our Volvo dealership a visit to discover everything else the Volvo XC90 can do with a test drive.

Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE Dimensions, Cargo & Spaciousness

Stack up the Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE, and you'll notice that the Volvo XC90 goes above and beyond to offer a powerful blend of space and agility.

Starting on the outside, the 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE measurements are closely-matched. Specifically, the Mercedes GLE measures 194.3 inches long, 84.9 inches wide (including mirrors), and 70.7 inches tall. The Volvo XC90 contrasts the GLE with its 195 inches of length, 84.3 inches of width (including mirrors), and 69.9 inches of height.

The standard Mercedes GLE configuration can only fit five passengers, while the standard Volvo XC90 can bring seven passengers. On top of having more standard seats, the Volvo XC90 offers more rear headroom (38.5 inches vs. the GLE SUV's 36.9 inches) and more front legroom (40.9 inches vs. the GLE SUV's 40.3 inches).

Rounding it off, the Mercedes GLE limits you with a maximum cargo capacity of 74.9 cubic feet while the Volvo XC90 provides an immense maximum cargo capacity of 85.7 cubic feet.

Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE Performance & Efficiency

The Volvo XC90 0-60 time is complemented by equally-powerful efficiency. The Mercedes GLE pulls a similar focus on responsible fun, but falls a bit short across several comparable performance benchmarks.

The first is horsepower. The newly-updated 2023 Volvo XC90 starts the party with the B5 AWD powertrain. This new model offers (as the name suggests) standard AWD; the Mercedes GLE charges extra for AWD. The Volvo XC90 B5 AWD launches up to speed with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 247 horsepower.

The base-level Mercedes GLE 350 also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and is slightly quicker off the line with its 255 horsepower output.

However, the Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. Volvo XC90 battle continues with a serious MPG disadvantage for the GLE. Despite offering AWD as standard, the newly-introduced Volvo XC90 B5 AWD delivers an EPA-estimated 22/28 MPG (city/highway).1 For a RWD-layout Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 you'll get an EPA-estimated 19/27 MPG (city/highway).2

Neither model stops here. The Mercedes GLE 350 can be equipped with AWD and a larger 362-horsepower engine as the pricier Mercedes GLE 450. The Volvo XC90 B6 AWD arrives in our new Volvo vehicle inventory with 295 horsepower, but the top-model GLE 450 falls behind the plug-in hybrid T8 eAWD powertrain. The GLE-Class has no plug-in hybrid model and can't touch the 455 horsepower output of a Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD (known as the Volvo XC90 Recharge).

What's more, the 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE sees the top model GLE-Class SUV deliver an EPA-estimated 20/26 MPG (city/highway).2 On the other side, the Volvo XC90 Recharge Extended provides an EPA-estimated 63 MPGe.3

Trim: 2023 Volvo XC90 (Core) 2022 Mercedes 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) 251 222
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
0-60 7.3 sec 7.0 sec

Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE Standard vs. Optional Features

Newly-introduced 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE features reveal that the Volvo XC90 offers more over the competition.

There's way too much to list, but among them, the Volvo XC90 offers you standard adaptive cruise control; the Mercedes GLE does not. Both models have standard blind-spot monitoring, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, heated front seats, and all-encompassing standard device-to-infotainment connectivity.

While most of their features tie, the Mercedes GLE misses out on many standard Volvo XC90 benefits. Among them, the GLE lacks the Volvo XC90 SUV's standard panoramic moonroof (it has an optional sunroof). Four-zone auto climate control (it offers a similar system as an option). Lane keeping aid (an Active Lane Keeping Assist is optional), and much more.

The 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE models may involve a close race for features, but the Volvo XC90 scores the win across many comparable benefits.

2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE: Discover the Volvo XC90 Today

Whether you're set on the eco-friendly, spacious, sumptuously-equipped Volvo XC90 or want to compare Volvo XC models in depth, our Volvo dealership has you covered. Visit Bill Kidd's Volvo Cars today for a test drive; our expert team will help you find your perfect new Volvo XC90 and Volvo lease deal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mercedes equivalent to the Volvo XC90?

The Mercedes GLE-Class is the brand's most comparable model to a Volvo XC90. However, comparing the 2023 Volvo XC90 vs. Mercedes GLE reveals that the Volvo SUV can offer more spaciousness, cargo room, efficiency, top-end power, and many powerful standard features.

Which is more reliable Mercedes or Volvo?

While both brands are good choices for luxury and reliability, third-party sources show that Volvo Cars can offer more. According to, Volvo Cars is rated 3.5 out of 5.0 for reliability6 while the Mercedes-Benz is rated 3.0 out of 5.0 for reliability.6

What is the mileage of a Volvo XC90?

The Volvo XC90 SUV's mileage ratings vary by powertrain. For newly-introduced 2023 models, the B5 AWD powertrain delivers an EPA-estimated 25 MPG combined,1 the powerful B6 AWD powertrain delivers an EPA-estimated 22 MPG combined,1 and the plug-in hybrid T8 eAWD powertrain delivers an EPA-estimated 27 MPG combined.1

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2EPA 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.

3This 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

4When properly equipped.


5With optional trailer hitch. Read Operator's Manual before towing. In some states, aftermarket trailer brakes are required. See dealer for details.

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