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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

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2020 BMW X5

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2020 BMW X5

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2020 BMW X5

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When it comes to the luxury SUV segment, both Mercedes-Benz and BMW are top names and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2020 BMW X5 are worthy entries. Each offers Clive drivers a high-end feel and updated technologies. However, the new Mercedes-Benz GLE offers stronger engine options and additional features. Before you decide on your next SUV, review our BMW X5 vs. GLE comparison below!

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: MSRP

If you’re a budget-minded driver who still enjoys the finer things, the GLE will prove to be not only the more cost-effective SUV, but also the better value. The GLE starts at $56,200* MSRP, while the X5 has a starting MSRP of $59,800.

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Specs & Engines

At its base, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE features a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine that creates 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the BMW X5 has a 335 hp 3.0L 6-cylinder engine that generates 332 lb-ft of torque. While it may seem the BMW offers the most power when you match the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC® vs. BMW X5 xDrive40i, the GLE lineup outpaces the X5 as you move up the lineup. Top-tier GLE models are more powerful, with the GLE 450 4MATIC® creating 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque with its 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine.  What’s more, the GLE is also smoother on Waukee roads, thanks to its 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. The 8-speed automatic transmission inside the BMW X5 can’t keep up.

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Features & Seating

Compare the BMW X5 vs. GLE, and the GLE shows it’s a better choice for larger families, thanks to its standard seating for five and optional seating for seven. The BMW X5 only provides seating for up to five. On top of providing more seating for a lower price, the GLE also delivers additional features. Both the X5 and GLE offer:

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

While they both offer ease and comfort, the GLE also comes with technologies that cannot be matched by the BMW X5. This includes a voice-powered intelligent infotainment system with natural language understanding known as Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX).

Learn More About the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Features

Discover more about this new Mercedes-Benz SUV, including the GLE priceand what’s involved with the financing process when you reach out to Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines! Still researching other Mercedes-Benz SUVs? See how the Mercedes-Benz GLE compares to the GLC before making a final decision!

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

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