Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Mercedes AMG Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the X5 and the AMG GLE43 Coupe 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, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The X5’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the AMG GLE43 Coupe’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GLE43 Coupe.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The AMG GLE43 Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 83 more horsepower (445 vs. 362) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X5 xDrive50i is faster than the Mercedes AMG GLE43 Coupe:

 

X5

AMG GLE43

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.9 MPH

99.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE43 Coupe (23 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE43 Coupe (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the AMG GLE43 Coupe.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE43 Coupe can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the AMG GLE43 Coupe.

 

X5

AMG GLE43 Coupe

Third Seat Removed

35.8 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

60.7 cubic feet

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The AMG GLE43 Coupe’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5 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 AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X5 has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X5 has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the AMG GLE43 Coupe is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the AMG GLE43 Coupe because it costs $557 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X5 than the AMG GLE43 Coupe, including $102 less for a water pump, $30 less for front brake pads, $151 less for a starter, $38 less for a fuel pump and $47 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The AMG GLE43 Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The AMG GLE43 Coupe is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Mercedes GLE-Class by almost three to one during 2015.

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