Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 Mercedes GLE-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the X3 and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the GLE’ (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLE.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the GLE300d (27 city/34 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the GLE:





21 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy




21 city/28 hwy

17 city/22 hwy



19 city/27 hwy

18 city/22 hwy


Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the GLE Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The X3 stops much shorter than the GLE:



60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLE’ standard 55 series tires. The X3’s optional 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the GLE’ optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GLE doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X3 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the GLE550e 4MATIC pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the GLE550e 4MATIC (26.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The X3 is 5.7 inches shorter than the GLE, making the X3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the GLE.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GLE doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLE doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW X3 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



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