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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5


Mercedes-Benz GLE




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Are you dreaming of a luxurious and powerful new SUV for your Portland commute? If so, you’re likely considering the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2021 BMW X5, but do you know how they compare? Both SUVs provide high-performance engines, premium comfort, and state-of-the-art technologies, but the new Mercedes-Benz GLE has the edge in several categories. Compare the GLE vs. BMW X5 here, and then head to Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton to test drive a BMW X5.

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Starting MSRP

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is more affordable than the X5, making it ideal for %%target_city_1% families watching their budget. Think of the things you can do with an extra $4,500!

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV Starting MSRP: $54,750*
  • 2021 BMW X5 sDrive40i Starting MSRP: $59,400 

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Performance Features

When Hillsboro drivers compare the base model Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5, they see that both vehicles provide an impressive performance. The X5 engine delivers a bit more power, but the GLE is smoother thanks to its 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. It provides faster gear shifts than the BMW X5 SUVs 8-speed automatic transmission. These are the specs for both standard engines: 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Standard Engine

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

2021 BMW X5 Standard Engine

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

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Seating Dimensions

Who doesn’t want to stretch out on those long drives out to Happy Valley? Both the Mercedes-Benz GLE and the BMW X5 seat up to seven passengers with an available third row, but the GLE provides more legroom. Review their dimensions below:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Passenger Dimensions

  • Front legroom: 40.3 inches
  • Rear legroom: 40.9 inches

2021 BMW X5 Passenger Dimensions

  • Front legroom: 39.8 inches
  • Rear legroom: 37.4 inches

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Cargo Space

When it comes to cargo space for storing all of your sporting gear, the Mercedes-Benz GLE clearly beats the X5 with up to 74.9 cubic feet of space available. The BMW X5 maxes out at only 56.5 cubic feet.

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Interior Features

Not only is the GLE more spacious and affordable, but it has similar features to the X5, making the GLE an overall better value. Both the X5 and GLE have features such as: 

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

The GLE also includes the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), a voice-powered intelligent infotainment system with natural language understanding that you’ll never find in a BMW!

Test Drive a 2021 Mercedes-Benz SUV at Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton

When you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz GLE, contact Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton! You can fill out a financing application online and review our specials. Give us a call, and we’ll take you on a test drive and show you all of your options!


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