When you are in the market for a premium midsize luxury SUV, there can by a dizzying number of options to choose from. In this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 BMW X5 comparison, we are going to look at two heavy hitters in this class to see which might offer the best options. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE shows some immediate advantages. In spite of having a lower starting MSRP, the base 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 and its 3.5-liter gasoline V6 offers more horsepower (302 hp) than the 300-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder on the base 2017 BMW X5 35i.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE has other advantages as well. While both of these luxury midsize SUVs offer spacious seating for five passengers, the Mercedes-Benz SUV offers significantly more space when it comes to cargo . There are 38.2 cubic fee available behind the rear seats normally for cargo, which can expand out to 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. In contrast the 2017 BMW X5's cargo capacity tops out at 76.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Both of the vehicles in this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 BMX X5 comparison can deliver premium luxury for the discerning driver. Features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a powered tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, driver memory settings, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity are all standard. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE comes with the MB-Tex leatherette upholstery while the 2017 BMW X5 comes with Sensatec leatherette. Leather upholstery is standard on upper trims for both models and all-wheel drive is available with both vehicles. Standard safety features on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE include forward collision warnings, the PRESAFE® crash minimization system, and a rearview camera.
Across the country, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available in GLE 350, GLE 400, GLE 550e plug-in hybrid, AMG® GLE 63 and AMG® GLE 63 S models. The 2017 BMW X5 is available in 35i, 35d, 40e hybrid, and 50i trim levels. For more information on this comparison or to explore models of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE midsize luxury crossovers currently available at MB-KC, contact a member of our team today.