Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X6 VS 2017 Mercedes AMG Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 BMW X6

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2017 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 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 X6 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 X6’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 X6 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 X6’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 second 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 X6 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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X6 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE43 Coupe (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The X6 stops shorter than the AMG GLE43 Coupe:

X6

AMG GLE43 Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 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 X6 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.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X6 has a much larger cargo area than the AMG GLE43 Coupe with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 23 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X6’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE43 Coupe 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

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The X6 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first 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.

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