2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 BMW X5

If you’re looking for an SUV, there are no shortages. Automakers have hopped on the bandwagon and pumped out these prized vehicles like no tomorrow. However, if you’re looking for an SUV that eats other SUVs for breakfast, think luxury. Prestigious brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW have joined the race to create the ideal SUV, and right now their models sit high on the list of best models. Which one is better? Hopefully we can answer that question for you as we look at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 BMW X5.

Despite the lower MSRP*, the 2017 GLE actually has a bigger engine and more cargo space than its BMW rival. Not many would think of a luxury SUV as being the ideal offroading vehicle, but if that’s your forte feel free to do so in the GLE. Its versatility allows drivers to make their own paths with an Offroad+ package brings a maximum ground clearance of up to 11 inches and a fording depth of 23 inches. See more comparisons below.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 BMW X5
$52,000* Starting MSRP $55,500
3.5L V6, 302 horsepower Base Engine 3.0L I6, 300 horsepower
80.3 cubic ft. Cargo Space 76.7 cubic ft.
38.4 inches Rear Seat Leg Room 36.6 inches
Top Safety Pick+ IIHS Top Safety Rating None
Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Apple CarPlay Only

Safety Features

With all the extras that come with luxury SUVs, you’d probably expect the safety to be above average, right? The 2017 GLE is more than just “above average.” It earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating according to the IIHS, even scoring a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention with optional equipment included. How is Mercedes-Benz keeping you safe in the GLE? By providing you with features like a advanced tire pressure monitoring system, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC and an Electronic Stability Program. The GLE can even ensure you’re staying awake and aware with the Attention Assist feature.

If you’re looking for something beyond average, the 2017 GLE might be for you. Why settle for anything less than the best? With an assortment of comfort and technology features to go along with award-winning safety, you know you’re getting quite the package in the GLE. Stop by Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis today to learn more or give us a call!

*Excludes all options, taxes, title registration, $925 transportation charge and dealer preparation fees.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE steering wheel
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE exterior off road
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE exterior open doors
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE front seats side view

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