When it comes to the ultimate luxury SUV, you may find yourself torn between the 2020 BMW X5 and the 2020 Mercedes GLE. Both vehicles offer incredible performance capabilities, interior features, and safety components. With seemingly similar features, how are you supposed to decide which SUV is right for you?

Thankfully, we here at BMW of Manhattan have thought of this for you already. We’ve created this BMW X5 vs. Mercedes GLE comparison, so the drivers of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens can rest assured they purchased the SUV that’s right for you. Ready to get started? Keep reading!

BMW X5 Engine Specs


Performance Capabilities

Luxury isn’t just about looks. While looking the part is important, playing the role is equally as important. That’s why both the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE provide drivers with an exhilarating driving experience.

Both SUVs offer three engines: one standard engine and two optional engines. This way, each driver is guaranteed to achieve the amount of power needed to curb your adrenaline rush. Although, despite both SUVs offering three engines, those who decide to drive the GLE will get left in the dust.

Looking first at the standard engine with both vehicles, the Mercedes GLE comes with a 2.0L turbo engine that produces 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to go from 0-60 MPH in seven seconds flat.

With a larger engine size, the X5 drivers will also experience much more power. This standard 3.0L TwinPower Turbo engine produces 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, bringing your 0-60 MPH acceleration to an impressive 5.2 seconds.

With the standard engine of the X5 outperforming the GLE, let’s now look at the most powerful engines offered with each SUV. Which one has enough power for your needs? Let’s find out!

BMW X5 vs Mercedes GLE Engine Specs


4.4L BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8

Mercedes GLE 4.0L V8 biturbo with EQ Boost


523 HP

483 HP


553 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

4.1 seconds

4.9 seconds


Across the board, the X5 is more powerful than its counterpart. Plus, you’ll be cruising around the city longer with its EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway MPG. The GLE, on the other hand, has an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG.

BMW X5 Interior

BMW X5 vs Mercedes GLE: Interior Features

When traveling around town, you want your commute to be as enjoyable as possible. That’s why a slew of comfort features has been included with both the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. For starters, you’ll find heated front seats on both vehicles and optional automatic 4-zone climate control settings.

You’ll also find your SUV equipped with smartphone integration and Bluetooth® capabilities. Although, those who drive the X5 will have a more immersive sound experience. This is thanks to the optional Harman Kardon® Surround Sound Audio System. This system includes 16 strategically placed speakers to ensure every passenger will experience crisp music no matter where they sit.

While the GLE has a similar sound system, the optional 13 speakers of the Burmester® Surround Sound System just can’t compete.

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5

Standard Safety Features

When it comes to driving around town, you want to make sure that you and your passengers are as safe as possible. Thankfully, a series of standard safety features are offered with both the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE.

Both SUVs come standard with blind spot monitoring systems, emergency braking, and safety systems that work to pretension safety belts and close windows if a collision is unavoidable.

While there are similarities between these two safety systems, the standard features of the X5 are far more comprehensive than those of the GLE.

BMW X5 vs Mercedes GLE: Standard Safety Features



  • Frontal Collision Warning with City Mitigation
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Active Protection System
  • Daytime Pedestrian Protection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Blind Spot Assist

As you can see, the X5 offers more standard safety features than the Mercedes GLE. In addition to these safety features, you’ll also find—should a collision occur in your X5—a sensor will automatically activate Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of the alternator, fuel pump, and starter from your battery to help keep you as safe as possible. No similar feature is offered with the GLE.

BMW X5 vs Mercedes GLE: The Verdict

Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens drivers who want powerful engine offerings, a luxurious interior, and a comprehensive standard safety package will only be satisfied with the BMW X5. To learn more about these features and much more, we invite you to visit us at BMW of Manhattan.

Visit us today to see how the BMW X5 can take your commute to the next level.

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