The ongoing pandemic and the supply chain issue has hit the 2021 Q4 sales of the Mercedes-Benz USA but its certified pre-owned unit saw a massive growth during the same period. Although the yearly sales of 2021 saw a small increase in Mercedes-Benz’s sales, the certified pre-owned segment also brought in a good number of sales. For the year 2021 and the Q4 of 2021, the GLE-Class SUV was the top-sold model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup followed by the GLC-Class SUV.

Mercedes-Benz has released its annual and quarterly sales report for 2021. Again in the Q4 of 2021 and the year 2021, the SUVs dominated the sales chart with the GLE-Class SUVs being the most sold in the U.S. In the Q4 of 2021, Mercedes-Benz sold a total of 76,031 vehicles out of which the Mercedes-Benz vans added 15,705 units. Compared to the Q4 of 2020 Mercedes-Benz witnessed a decrease in sales by 20.2 percent. 

While in terms of annual sales, Mercedes-Benz sold a total of 329,574 vehicles out of which the Mercedes-Benz vans added 53,472 to the total number. Compared to the 2020 annual sales Mercedes-Benz witnessed a growth of 1.1 percent in 2021 sales number. Model wise as stated above the GLE-Class was the top sold model. Followed by this there was GLC-Class and the GLS-Class, both the SUVs, that dominated the sales figure in Q4 of 2021. 

Unit wise the GLE sold 17,495, the GLC sold 13,674, and the GLS sold 6,786 units in the Q4 of 2021. While if we see for the whole 2021 then the first and second spot was retained by the GLE and GLC respectively but the third spot was clinched by the C-Class sedan. Unit wise the GLE sold 65,074, the GLC sold 51,805, and the C-Class sold 30,815 units respectively in the entire 2021. 

Other than that the performance division of the Mercedes-Benz cars i.e. the Mercedes-AMG sold 6,741 units in the Q4 of 2021 and a total of 37,855 units in the year 2021. In the Q4 of 2021, Mercedes-AMG suffered a decrease in sales by 41.8 percent compared to the Q4 of 2020. While the annual sales grew by 11.1 percent compared to the annual sales of 2020. 

Apart from the new cars Mercedes-Benz also operates its Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) chain which in Q4 of 2021 sold 33,098 units and saw a healthy growth of 6.6 percent compared to the same quarter in 2020. While annual sales of the MBCPO stood at 143,423 units registering an increase in sales by 13.1 percent when compared to the sales figure of 2020. That said, let’s have a look at how the GLE-Class SUV became the sales star for the Mercedes-Benz USA. 

The GLE-Class mid-size SUV range starts at $55,700 for the base GLE350 model and goes up to $80,200 for the top-end GLE580 4MATIC model. As standard, the GLE-Class offers to seat for five which can be increased to seven with optional third-row seats. The first and second row offers plenty of space while the third-row seats are suited for kids. Coming to the powertrain here the GLE-Class offers a turbocharged four-cylinder motor as standard while the GLE450 and the AMG GLE 53 models come with a turbocharged inline-6 and the top-end GLE580 and the AMG GLE 63 S comes with a twin-turbo V8 engine. 

Thus there is something for everyone out there in the GLE-Class range. The driving dynamics of the Mercedes-Benz isn’t in the leagues of a Porsche or BMW but isn’t bad either. Although the ride quality is second to none and its feature-loaded, luxurious, and comfortable cabin really pampers the occupant like no other SUV out there. And without the optional third-row seats there is plenty of cargo space 33.3 cubic feet to be exact. 

In a segment where the GLE-Class rivals the likes of BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Volvo XC90, and the Genesis GV80, it offers a luxurious and spacious ride that is powerful and practical at the same time. Thus this makes it evident why buyers have a liking for the GLE-Class in the Mercedes-Benz family or in general.