2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE


2021 BMW X5

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9-speed automatic


8-speed automatic
5-7 (optional)

Seating Capacity

5-7 (optional)

Heated Front Seats


Driver Seat Memory



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Weighing your options for a new luxury SUV your San Antonio family is sure to fall in love with? You’d be remiss if you didn’t consider the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, available now at Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio. But how does the GLE fare against top luxury competitors, like the BMW X5? Join us as we compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5 to find out! You’ll see some key differences in their pricing, interior space, and more.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 sDrive40i: Affordability

Alamo Heights SUV shoppers like yourself tend to have a long list of unique needs and wants, but staying on budget usually earns a top spot. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE starting price is significantly lower than the BMW X5 price, making it easy to adhere to the budget you’ve set. Compare the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 sDrive40i pricing, here:

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

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

At the base-level, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 produces a tough competition. Both SUVs offer an energetic performance delivered by their European-engineered powertrains:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Base Configuration

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo
  • 255 hp / 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission

2021 BMW X5 Base Configuration

  • 3.0L 6-cylinder
  • 335 hp / 332 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission

True, the BMW X5 base engine does outperform the Mercedes-Benz GLE base engine just a bit. What is important to note, however, is that the Mercedes-Benz GLE engine is paired with a fast, smooth-shifting 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X5 only gets an 8-speed automatic transmission, which produces more sluggish shifting on Shavano Park roads.

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Passenger Space

How do the BMW X5 vs. GLE compare in terms of passenger space and comfort? Both SUVs seat five to seven passengers with an optional third row, but the GLE offers more legroom, making it easier for driver and passengers to get comfortable:

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

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Cargo Space

Kids come with a lot of cargo, so you’re probably searching for an SUV with a cavernous luggage area. In terms of cargo space, the Mercedes-Benz GLE dominates with up to 74.9 cubic feet of space available. Meanwhile, the BMW X5 maxes out at just 56.5 cubic feet. Should you ever find yourself in need of extra equipment storage, the GLE towing capacity has you covered.

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Interior Features

In addition to its roomier interior, the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers a highly comparable standard suite of features to the BMW X5 for a far lower price, making the GLE a better value. Let’s take a look at the standard features found in both models:

  • Heated, power-adjustable front seats
  • Position memory for driver’s seat
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Power liftgate

Of course, there are also some features which are exclusive to the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) helps your morning commute go off without a hitch, and thanks to its voice-activated intelligent infotainment system with natural language understanding, there’s never any need to take your eyes or hands off the road to make a request.

See the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE in San Antonio

Ready to drive home in a new Mercedes-Benz GLE? Visit the Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio staff at our luxury showroom, or contact us online to get started today! Look for the new GLE in our lease and finance offers, then value your trade-in to find out how much your current vehicle could be worth.

*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. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.

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