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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. 2018 BMW X5

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350vs. 2018 BMW X5

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 and 2018 BMW X5, are five-passenger luxury SUVs with a lot of strongpoints. Once you look beyond their similarities, however, a clear winner emerges. Compared to the BMW X5, the new GLE 350 offers:

  • Lower base price-tag
  • Higher maximum towing capacity
  • More rear-passenger space
  • Larger cargo area

Read on for a more in-depth look at how these two SUVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz really compare!

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV VS 2018 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle
$52,200 Starting MSRP $56,950
302 Horsepower 300
6,600 Max Towing Capacity 5,952
80.3 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Volume 76.7 cubic feet
38.4 inches Rear Leg Room 36.6 inches

Consider the Numbers

Drivers in the market for a luxury vehicle appreciate fine touches and an enhanced driving experience, and they know that quality is worth the price. While price isn’t necessarily the deciding factor in what you choose for your garage, it’s an important aspect to consider. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 has a base price of $52,200 MSRP. The 2018 BMW X5 starts at $56,950 MSRP. So, is the BMW X5 worth more, or does it just cost more? Let’s dig into the details to find out.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350

What’s Under the Hood?

The GLE 350 features a beefy 3.5L V6 engine that generates 302 hp. The X5 has a turbocharged 3.0L I6 engine that generates 300 hp. So far, they seem evenly-matched, and EPA-estimated mpg ratings are also similar. However, the GLE 350 SUV’s engine channels its power more effectively. In fact, it can tow up to 6,600 pounds vs. 5,952 pounds with the X5. If you need to transport your boat or trailer, the GLE 350 is your winner. Power is great, but it’s what you do with it that counts.

Space for Everything and Everyone

Whether you want to haul your groceries home, or explore Ewa Beach, you need a spacious SUV. The GLE SUV and X5 seat five, but rear passengers are going to feel a little cramped in the X5; it offers just 36.6 inches of rear legroom vs. 38.4 inches in the GLE. That difference might not seem like much at first, but how about during a longer drive? You’ll also fit more cargo in the GLE; it offers 80.3 with the rear seats folded, while the BMW delivers 76.7 cubic feet behind the front row.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350

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Waipahu drivers ready to experience the highly rated 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 for themselves can head over to Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu. Our knowledgeable staff would love to help you arrange a test drive. Feel free to contact us online, or pick up the phone and give us a call; the sales department can be reached at (808) 592-5600.

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818 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI

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818 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI


Phone: (808) 592-5151

818 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI


Phone: (808) 592-5151

818 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI
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