Luxury SUV drivers, typically loyal to one brand, can take stock of two top players in their spaces, the 2016 BMW X5 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE.
The X5 received the perfect 5-Star overall score by the National Highway Safety Administration while the GLE was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute (IIHS). The GLE comes with forward collision warning but doesn’t have the automatic forward-collision braking of the X5.
Both models have adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warnings, and side curtain airbags. The BMW takes it a step further with a rear cross-traffic alert and a head up display.
The X5 has 2 standard engine types: a base-level 300-horsepower provides 19-mpg in the city and 27-mpg on the highway. The 255 horsepower touts up to 24-mpg in the city and 31-mpg highway driving*. The plug-in hybrid model, xDrive40e, can clock around 15 miles on electric power.
The GLE offers the following choices: the base-level GLE300d gets 22-mpg in the city and 29-mpg highway, while the GLE350 offers up to 18-mpg in the city and 29 mpg highway*. The GLE550e, the Mercedes-Benz plug-in, sustains about 20 miles on electric power.
Both the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE come with standard four-year warranties or 50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.
The GLE has been made current with new standards in technology but the X5 owns the category with extras like: night vision cameras, a sports suspension option, 4-zone automatic climate control and more stereo speakers. The Mercedes does offer a sport suspension option with the AMG GLE63 high performance model.
The X5 starts at $55,700 while the GLE starts at $52,000**.
The final decision may be best made from handling the car in a test drive while comparing look and feel and on the individual preferences of the driver. Get started by calling or visiting your Local AutoNation BMW-affiliated Dealer or your Local AutoNation Mecedes-Benz-affiliated Dealer today.
*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.