Mercedes Benz GLC and GLE – Inexpensive Brakes Or The Premium Ones?

The Mercedes GLC and GLE SUVs are packed with the latest in technology and luxury amenities. These heavy vehicles need better brakes to maintain their top-notch stopping power. Original manufacturer parts for these vehicles are pricy. Fortunately, there are several cost-effective aftermarket options that offer better performance. 

Getting OEM brakes from the dealership can cost over $1,000 depending on the specific model. The original brakes can be noisy and produce excessive brake dust. Upgrading the type of pad or rotors you use can help remedy these issues.

Different Types of Brake Kits

Brake kits mainly consist of brake pads and rotors. Rotor surfaces for these vehicles available from BuyBrakes are:

  • Smooth
  • Drilled and Slotted

Smooth: Most cars come equipped with smooth brake rotors. As the name implies, the surface of the brake rotors are smooth. They are ideal for day to day driving with high durability. The Dynamic Friction Brake Kit with Quickstop Rotors and 5000 brake pads for the Mercedes Benz GLE comes with smooth rotors.

Drilled and Slotted: These rotors are better for more spirited, performance-oriented driving. Drilled and slotted brake rotor surfaces consist of a series of vanes and holes. These vanes and holes allow heat to dissipate faster. This keeps the surface of the brake rotors cooler through heavy braking cycles, such as on the track. Additionally, these brakes perform better in the rain. The vanes and holes allow water to escape. The PowerStop Z23 Drilled and Slotted Brake Kit for the Mercedes Benz GLC features drilled and slotted rotors.

Mercedes GLC/GLE Brake Pads Available From BuyBrakes

Brake pads for the Mercedes GLC and GLE SUV are available in two types:

  • Standard
  • Ceramic

Standard metallic brake pads come equipped with most vehicles. They offer good performance, durability, and versatility. They are ideal for day-to-day driving. The Dynamic Friction Premium Brake Rotor and Pad Kit for the Mercedes Benz GLC includes standard metallic brake pads. 

Ceramic brake pads are pricier than standard metallic brake pads. They are made from a special compound that helps with heat dissipation. This helps them perform more consistently, wear better, and produce less brake dust. The Dynamic Friction Premium Brake Pad and Rotor Kit for the Mercedes Benz GLE utilizes Ceramic Pads.

Mercedes GLC/GLE Stock Replacement Options

OE replacement options are your best bet if you are satisfied with the performance of the original brakes on your GLC or GLE. These kits are much more cost-effective and offer a simple solution. Find an OE Brake Kit for the Mercedes GLC here.