2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE


2021 BMW X5

Starting MSRP

9-speed automatic


8-speed automatic
5-7 (optional)

Seating Capacity

5-7 (optional)

Heated Front Seats


Driver Seat Memory



Feature Not Offered


Is it time to trade in your current vehicle and upgrade to a luxury SUV to take your Merced drives to the next level? The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2021 BMW X5 are excellent options and on the top of many car shoppers’ shortlist. While they both come equipped with high-performance engines, luxury comfort, and advanced technologies, only one SUV can end up on your driveway. Compare the new Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5 to see why the former is the better option for your daily commute.

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Price

When comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 starting prices, you will see that the GLE is an excellent SUV for Stockton families on a budget:

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

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Performance

Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 at their entry-level configurations and see they both offer exciting performance specs for smooth handling on the Stanislaus roads and highways:

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

When comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW 5, you’ll see that the X5 does offer a little more power, but the GLE provides a smoother driving experience thanks to the 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission.

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Passenger Space

Interior space is a big deal for many Turlock families, and when you compare the Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5, they both can comfortably seat five to seven passengers with the option of third-row seating. However, the GLE provides more legroom, making it easier for your passengers to get comfortable during long commutes and family vacations:

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

When it comes to interior space, the Mercedes-Benz GLE also provides 74.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is significantly more than the 56.5 cubic feet of space that the new X5 offers.

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Interior Features

Not only does the GLE provide more interior space, but it also comes with similar interior features and technologies to the BMW X5 at a lower price point, which makes it the better value. Both vehicles feature standard features like:

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLE also has technologies like Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), a voice-powered intelligent infotainment system with a natural language understanding that you won’t find in the BMW X5. 

Test Drive the Mercedes-Benz GLE in Modesto!

After comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5, it’s time to get behind the wheel of the GLE so you can see firsthand why it’s the better vehicle for your commute. Be sure to explore our GLE lease and finance specials and get pre-approved for financing before visiting our Modesto dealership for your test drive. Have any questions in the meantime? Give us a call!

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