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It was Mercedes-Benz that first introduced the world to a luxurious midsize SUV with the option of a third row to accommodate more passengers. Today, the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE continues to define this segment, which has acquired some stiff competition from the folks down the road in Munich and their new BMW X5. So, which new German luxury SUV will better serve the needs and desires of you and your family? Below, we preview some of the more significant differences between the new Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5. Before you make your final decision, we invite you to schedule a test drive at our courteous and attentive dealership serving Wildomar and Lake Elsinore, CA.
You may have first noticed the MSRP with which each of these models enter the market. The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE is noticeably more attainable than the new BMW X5, but what exactly are you getting for the increased investment? Standard features such as remote engine start and wireless charging for compatible devices are standard in the new GLE from Mercedes-Benz, but you'll find yourself paying extra for these as upgrades on the more expensive BMW X5.
What about those times when your hands are full of groceries, children, or anything else? Every Mercedes-Benz GLE affords you the convenience of HANDS-FREE ACCESS. Simply kick your foot under the rear bumper, and the rear hatch automatically opens for you. You can get something similar on the new BMW X5, but it will again cost more as an upgrade. Other comfort and convenience advantages for this luxury SUV from Mercedes-Benz include infrared-remote window opening and closing, brake HOLD feature, and steering-wheel Touch Control Buttons.
Certainly, the new Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 are equipped with some impressively advanced technology. However, it doesn't take long to see why Mercedes-Benz has earned a reputation as an industry leader. Consider the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, for example. Many cars across the industry boast of voice recognition controls, but chances are that you've tried these and haven't been impressed. The latest MBUX technology is different. Casual and conversational commands like "Hey Mercedes" and others allow you to easily command your car with nothing more than the sound of your voice. We think you'll agree that it's well beyond what's in the new BMW X5.
We certainly didn't find an advantage for the new BMW X5 in terms of features and technology. However, it does seem that it's more expensive price tag does get a bit more power at the start of the lineup. Nearly $5,000 does seem a bit much for some more horsepower in a midsize SUV. In fact, for a price closer to the entry-level BMW X5, you can get the new Mercedes-Benz GLE with more power, 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, and much more.
In our experience, most customers find the standard turbocharged engine that puts out 255 horsepower is comfortably responsive and efficient for family errands in the greater Murrieta and Menifee areas. To learn more about the more attainable Mercedes-Benz GLE and experience its other performance advantages over the BMW X5, visit our dealership in Temecula, CA.
Perhaps nowhere is the importance of vehicle safety more pronounced than in Southern California traffic. While the new Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 represent some of the industry's most advanced safety engineering and technology, there are some important differences to be aware of. It's here that we again see why Mercedes-Benz continues to raise the standard for what we can expect in a luxury vehicle.
Take the standard ATTENTION ASSIST®, for example. It monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior to help detect drowsiness and alert you that it's probably time to pull over for a few minutes. Nothing like this is available on the new BMW X5, and that's just the beginning. You'll also appreciate safety advantages in the new Mercedes-Benz GLE that include PRESAFE® Sound, SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO®, and even a Parking Damage Detector. That way, you'll know if something happens to your vehicle while it's parked. It all adds up to a level of safety that the BMW X5 simply falls short of.
They are both two-row luxury SUVs with the option of a third row of seating, and it makes sense to explore your options in this segment. Once you do, we think you'll reach the same conclusion that we have about the new Mercedes-Benz GLE offering far more for your money than the new BMW X5. Take the short drive from Fallbrook, Deluz, or anywhere in Southern California to discover a dealership experience worthy of the Mercedes-Benz star.
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE||2021 BMW X5|
|9-Speed Automatic||Transmission||8-Speed Automatic|
|5,950 Pounds||Towing Capacity||6,603 Pounds|
|5 (7 Optional)||Passenger Capacity||5 (7 Optional)|
|Standard||Remote Engine Start||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Wireless Charging||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||ATTENTION ASSIST®||Not Available|
|Standard||Active Parking Assistant||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Crosswind Assist||Not Available|
|Standard||Parking Damage Detector||Not Available|
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE|
|2021 BMW X5|
|5 (7 Optional)|
|5 (7 Optional)|
|Remote Engine Start|
|Active Parking Assistant|
|Parking Damage Detector|
*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.