Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5 comparison

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2021 BMW X5


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Toronto drivers on the hunt for an affordably priced luxury SUV owe it themselves to compare the 2021 BMW X5 vs. the GLE. These two SUVs were designed to compete toe-to-toe, but one takes the edge in 2021. Read our Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 comparison. Then fill out a pre-approval to take the next step in Whitby.

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Price

When it comes to BMW X5 vs. GLE pricing, the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers Oshawa drivers a much more affordable package:

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV Starting Price: $69,900 MSRP*
  • 2021 BMW X5 sDrive40i Starting Price: $77,500 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Performance

Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 at the base trim, and you’ll find impressive performance specs. The X5 is more powerful, but the GLE has smoother handling thanks to its rangier transmission while offering more power than most drivers will know what to do with:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Standard Engine

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo
  • 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 255 hp / 273 lb-ft of torque

2021 BMW X5 Standard Engine

  • 3.0L 6-cylinder
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 335 hp / 332 lb-ft of torque

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Passenger Space

Both the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE offer you a standard 5-seat configuration with the option to add on a 3rd row and increase seating to 7 passengers, but the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers quite a bit more legroom for stretching out:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Passenger Dimensions

  • Front legroom: 1,024 mm
  • Rear legroom: 1,040 mm

2021 BMW X5 Passenger Dimensions

  • Front legroom: 1,010 mm
  • Rear legroom: 950 mm

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Cargo Space

When it comes to cargo space, the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers much more than the BMW X5. Max cargo space figures for the Mercedes-Benz GLE come in at 2,055 litres. The BMW X5, however, only offers 1,599 litres.

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Interior Features

When it comes to interior features, the GLE provides similar to features to X5 for a much lower price:

  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver seat memory
  • Adjustable steering column

Test Drive the Mercedes-Benz GLE in Whitby

Now that Markham drivers have read our Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5 Comparison, if you have any more questions about our BMW X5 vs. GLE breakdown, don’t hesitate to call us at (905) 666-8805. If you’re still in research mode, be sure to check out our other comparisons for a breakdown of the differences between a Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLC and more!

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