2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2020 BMW X5

Weighing your options for a new luxury SUV in Bloomfield Hills? The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2020 BMW X5 are often top contenders for West Bloomfield shoppers, and for good reason. Both SUVs bring high-performance engines, plush comfort, and no shortage of advanced tech features to the table, but when you compare the Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5 in-depth, it becomes clear that the new Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV offers more versatility in its powertrain and interior amenity options.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE


2020 BMW X5

Starting MSRP

9-speed automatic


8-speed automatic
5-7 (optional)

Seating Capacity


Heated Front Seats


Driver Seat Memory



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Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Pricing 

Southfield shoppers looking to make a luxurious upgrade to their daily drives without exceeding their set budget will have an easier time doing so with the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, which comes in at a lower starting MSRP than the BMW X5:

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV Starting Price: $54,250 MSRP*
  • 2020 BMW X5 sDrive40i Starting Price: $58,900 MSRP

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Performance

Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 at their base-level, and you’ll find that both models deliver an impressive performance on Birmingham roads and highways: 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Standard Engine

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

2020 BMW X5 Standard Engine

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

While it’s true that the BMW X5 generates more power at the base-level, the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers smoother and quicker shifting with its 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. And, the GLE SUV offers more upgrade options for Bloomfield Hills drivers that can really take things up a notch:

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC® Upgrade

  • 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine with EQ Boost
  • 483 hp / 516 lb-ft of torque

BMW X5 xDrive50i Upgrade

  • 4.4L Twin-Power Turbo V8
  • 456 hp / 479 lb-ft of torque

Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5: Interior Amenities and Space

If you’re searching for more space to suit a growing family, it’s the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE that comes out on top with the option of seven-passenger seating, while the BMW X5 maxes out at a five-passenger capacity. You’ll also find that for a lower starting price, the GLE SUV offers many comparable features to the BMW X5, including:

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

In addition to the above features, the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV offers several features that are unavailable from the BMW X5, including Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) and a voice-controlled intelligent infotainment system with natural language understanding, meaning there is no need to memorize specific phrases to interact with the system.

Learn More About the GLE SUV With Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills!

Eager to get behind the wheel after comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 with us? Contact Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills to set up a GLE SUV test drive near Southfield today! While you’re here, you can meet with our finance team to discuss lease vs. loan options, and learn more about the latest Mercedes-Benz National Offers.

*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. 

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