Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Mercedes Benz M-Class VS 2013 BMW X5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Mercedes Benz M-Class

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2013 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes M-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The M-Class’ front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes M-Class are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The M-Class offers optional PRE-SAFE Brake, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The X5 doesn't offer crash mitigation brakes.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the M-Class helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The X5 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The M-Class’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The X5 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The M-Class’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The X5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the M-Class and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the M-Class as a “Top Pick” for 2012, a rating only granted to 137 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

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The ML550’s standard 4.7 turbo V8 produces 102 more horsepower (402 vs. 300) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 300) than the X5 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

The M-Class’ 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 155 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 300) than the X5 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The M-Class’ 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 450) than the X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the ML350 is faster than the X5 xDrive35i:

M-Class

X5

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the X5 xDrive35i (20 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the ML350 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the X5 xDrive35i (18 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

The M-Class 350 BlueTEC’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (24.6 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The M-Class 350/550’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (27.7 vs. 22.5 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The M-Class’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X5’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M-Class has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the X5.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The M-Class offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The X5 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The ML350 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X5 xDrive35i (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the M-Class’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the M-Class Airmatic has a 2.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (11.2 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the M-Class to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Mercedes M-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the BMW X5.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the M-Class Diesel has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts (standard liquid front mount on M-Class gas engine). A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The X5 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M-Class has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M-Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X5 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (36.2 vs. 21.9 cubic feet). The M-Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X5 with all its rear seats folded (80.3 vs. 75.2 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the M-Class. The X5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The M-Class’ liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the M-Class offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the M-Class offers optional dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the M-Class has standard extendable sun visors. The X5 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The M-Class offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The M-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The X5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the M-Class owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the M-Class will cost $1005 to $3020 less than the X5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the M-Class is less expensive to operate than the X5 because typical repairs cost much less on the M-Class than the X5, including $464 less for an alternator, $36 less for front brake pads and $1089 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes M-Class will be $3734 to $16779 less than for the BMW X5.

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