You dress up for events, so why not dress up your vehicle? The allure of a luxury SUV goes the distance with a lively performance as well as enticing exterior and interior features—all of which make for a worthwhile companion on the roads of Scarborough, Saco, and Portland, ME.
Not sure which luxury SUV will be your perfect match? The Mercedes-Benz of Scarborough team is proud to present our 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5 comparison for your consideration. Let's look at what each of these luxury SUVs has to offer.
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No matter what a vehicle looks like, which amenities it provides, or how it performs, the top priority is always the safety of you and your passengers. You’ll want to have complete peace of mind every time you get behind the wheel.
Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW are pioneers in vehicle safety, so it’s no surprise that both the 2023 GLE and the BMW X5 come with a litany of driver-assistance features that help inspire confidence. They provide brand-specific versions of the following standard safety systems:
PRESAFE® in the 2023 GLE and the Active Protection System in the X5 can prepare these vehicles for an imminent collision. They’ll automatically close the windows and tighten the front seat belts to better protect the occupants.
Taking it a step further, PRESAFE® Sound comes standard on the 2023 GLE. It builds off the base system. When a collision occurs, it emits a “pink noise.” The frequency of this tone triggers a natural reflex in the ear, which protects it from loud collision sounds.
Among other things, luxury SUVs such as the 2023 GLE and the X5 are known for their innovative engineering and turbo power. So, it only makes sense to peek under their respective hoods to see what powers these rides.
Both the Mercedes-Benz and the BMW sport their own spin on turbocharged engines. They have several powertrains to choose from, but the 2023 GLE has a distinct advantage thanks to its standard 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. It offers a wider range of gear ratios than the 8-speed Sport automatic transmission of the X5, which helps boost efficiency and provides a smooth ride.
The 2023 AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+® and the X5 M are the most powerful configurations of their respective SUVs. Both performance models give you a pulse-raising ride; however, only one combines the best of both worlds with a more efficient performance. The 2023 AMG configuration boasts an EPA-estimated 18 city/22 highway MPG, while the X5 M only manages an EPA-estimated 13 city/18 highway MPG.*
These engines are equipped with a mild hybrid system for elevated fuel economy, but they don’t sacrifice power to do so. In fact, the 2023 GLE can tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped, slightly more than the 7,200-pound towing capacity for the BMW X5. Still, that extra 500 pounds can mean the difference between taking along one of your recreational toys and leaving it at home.
When checking out the intricacies of these two luxury SUVs, you may find yourself thinking, "What should I be looking for?" If you need a spacious ride to accommodate you and your passengers for future road trips, which SUV fares better?
Both models have standard seating for five passengers and offer an optional third row to accommodate up to seven riders. So, no matter how many friends or family members decide to tag along, you’ll be able to welcome them on board. Plus, both SUVs have over 40 inches of headroom in the front seats and more than 36 inches for passengers in the back row.
When it comes to legroom, though, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE comes out on top again. With a generous 40.3 inches of legroom in the front and 40.9 inches in the rear, your passengers won’t need to fight for the front-passenger seat. Unfortunately, the BMW X5 tops out with 39.8 inches of legroom in the front and only 37.4 inches in the rear.
Of course, with people comes stuff, and you’ll want to ensure you’ll have adequate space for all of it. The 2023 GLE and the 2023 X5 both provide over 33 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk.
You’ll also find a whopping 74.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in the 2023 GLE, which is more than the 72.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in the BMW X5. When you need to pack for a cross-country adventure, which one would you prefer?
Day in and day out, luxury SUVs provide a lavish driving experience on the roads around Scarborough, Saco, and Portland, ME. If you’re a driver who craves high-end performance, greater fuel efficiency, and ample interior space in their ride, we think you’ll love the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE—but there’s only one way to make sure it’s the perfect match for your travels.
Reach out to the Mercedes-Benz of Scarborough team and schedule a test drive today. We'd be delighted to give you a tour of this luxury SUV soon.
All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 GLE for yourself are conveniently available right here online.
*EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.