2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6

The tall ride height, increased dimensions, and attractive standard and available features of a luxury crossover may be exactly what many drivers are craving. In recent years, the phenomenon of the coupe crossover has also been on the rise, which gives drivers the elegant sweeping rear line of a sporty coupe with the confident driving position native to the crossover. In this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6 comparison, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available with either coupe or SUV styling, while the 2018 BMW X6 comes standard with a coupe-like rear. This costs the BMW when it comes to interior space, and pricing. We’ve compared the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV and the base 2018 BMW X6 sDriver35i below to demonstrate how these models shake out.
side by side images of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV and the 2018 BMW X6 coupe crossover

2018 GLE 350 SUV vs 2018 BMW X6 sDrive35i
$52,200 Starting MSRP $62,700
3.5-L V-6 (302 hp) Engine 3.0-L inline 6-cylinder (300 hp)
7,200 pounds Max. Towing 6,000 pounds
80.3 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 59.7 cubic feet

Towing and Cargo Space on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Though these models offer the discerning driver very similar horsepower, their cargo-carrying capacity and towing potential is significantly different. With its standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine (rated for 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque) the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV can tow up to 7,200 pounds, which is significantly more than the 6,000-pound towing maximum of the 2018 BMW X6 sDrive35i. The Mercedes-Benz in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6 comparison also has more than 20 extra cubic feet of cargo space when compared to the BMW SUV Coupe. That’s an impressive difference, whether drivers are looking for major transportation chops, or just like the flexibility of generous rear cargo and headroom.

Drivers interested in a more powerful model, or a coupe version of the Mercedes-Benz crossover, can opt for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG® GLE 43 or GLE 63 S performance coupes. The 2018 BMW X6 is also available in the xDriver50i trim, which includes a more powerful engine option.

If you are interested in learning more about this comparison, or exploring the selection of 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE models available here at Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, contact a member of our sales team today.

rear seats of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE
available gauge cluster of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE
infotainment system in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG
black 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE on a white background