2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 BMW X5

As crossovers are becoming increasingly popular on American roads, luxury brands are following the trend and investing in their crossover models to make them the best of the best. To highlight one of our best-selling crossovers, we did a comparison of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs the 2017 BMW X5.

The most noticeable difference between the GLE and the X5 is the price tag—the GLE starts out around $4,000 less. However, that cheaper price tag does not require sacrifice, as the GLE offers buyers more value per every dollar spent. The GLE offers the same number of engine options as the X5, and is capable of almost just as much power. The GLE also features significantly more cargo space and towing power, offering drivers more of what they truly want from a luxury crossover model.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE VS 2017 BMW X5
2.1L 4-cylinder diesel / 3.5L V6 / 3.0L V6

Engine Options

3.0L 6-cylinder / 4.4L V8 / 3.0L 6-cylinder diesel

201 – 436 horsepower & 273 – 479 lb-ft torque

Horsepower & Torque

255 – 445 horsepower & 300 – 480 lb-ft torque

80.3 cubic feet & 4,410 – 7,200 lbs

Max Cargo & Towing Capacities

66 cubic feet & 5,952 lbs

$52,000* Starting MSRP $56,600


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Versatility and Capability Features

The 2017 GLE features advanced power options, agile handling, and an easily-adaptable cabin and cargo space—making it the right crossover for whatever adventure you decide to embark on. The GLE's direct injection V6 engine generates more power from less fuel and delivers strong, smooth performance, and available 4MATIC® all-wheel drive** inspires confidence in tough road conditions. The GLE sits up to five passengers with generous room and comfort in both rows, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats create over 80 cubic feet of cargo space while the standard power liftgate makes for easy loading.


*MSRP does/does not include transportation charge. Excludes options, taxes, title, registration, [and dealer prep]. Options, model availability, and price may vary. [See dealer for details.]
**Best performance on snow and ice obtained with winter tires. Please always drive carefully, consistent with road conditions.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE by the ocean
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE's steering wheel
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE's front seats
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE with two doors open