2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5

Comparison image showing the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE


2021 BMW X5
$54,750* MSRP

Starting Price

$59,400 MSRP
9-speed automatic


8-speed automatic
5-7 (optional)

Maximum Seating Capacity

5-7 (optional)

Heated Front Seats


Memory Driver Seat



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Beckley drivers who have been looking for a new luxury SUV have most likely come across both the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2021 BMW X5. While both of these luxury SUVs have outstanding performance along with extreme comfort and advanced technological features, the Mercedes-Benz GLE ultimately comes up on top of the GLE vs. X5. Let’s get up close and personal and compare the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5 with Mercedes-Benz of Charleston! Then, you can browse our inventory of the new GLE for your new car on the Huntington roads.

GLE vs. X5: Cost

Let’s start off the BMW X5 vs. GLE comparison by talking about the cost. If you are on a budget, then you will lend towards the Mercedes-Benz GLE as it costs less than the BMW X5. Take a look at the starting prices below:

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 – $54,750 MSRP*
  • 2021 BMW X5 sDrive40i – $59,400 MSRP

GLE vs. X5: Performance Specs

Next up, we are focusing on the performance specs on their respective standard engine when it comes to Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. BMW X5:

2021 GLE 

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

2021 X5 

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

While the X5 engine has more power, driving the GLE on the Bridgeport streets will be smoother because of the 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. This transmission has faster gear shifts than the BMW X5 SUV’s 8-speed automatic transmission.

GLE vs. X5: Passenger Dimensions

Both of these luxury sedans can seat up to 5-7 passengers, but which one will have more individual space for each passenger? Compare the BMW X5 vs. GLE and you will see the passengers in the GLE will be more comfortable with extra legroom:

2021 GLE 

  • Front legroom – 40.3 inches
  • Rear legroom – 40.9 inches

2021 X5 

  • Front legroom – 39.8 inches
  • Rear legroom – 37.4 inches

GLE vs. X5: Cargo Space

In addition to the passenger dimensions, it is also important to have more cargo space to carry the essentials for all of the passengers. When it comes to Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5, the GLE has up to a generous 74.9 cubic feet of cargo space while the X5 only has up to 56.5 cubic feet.

BMW X5 vs. GLE: Interior Features

Both the GLE and X5 have a luxurious interior that enhances the driving experience. They both offer features like:

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

However, keep in mind that you are enjoying these same features at a cheaper price with the GLE. What makes the GLE even more of a better value is the technologies that the BMW X5 doesn’t offer, such as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), a voice-powered intelligent infotainment system with natural language understanding.

Explore the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Features

Are you ready to learn more about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE? Contact us today to schedule a test drive, so you can see the GLE in action in Charleston. Feel free to browse our financing options and lease offers during your car shopping experience.

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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