Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2022 BMW X5 M VS 2022 Mercedes AMG Near Phoenix, AZ

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2022 BMW X5 M

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2022 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

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The BMW X5 M has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The AMG GLE doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The X5 M has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The AMG GLE doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The X5 M has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The AMG GLE doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The X5 M’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the AMG GLE.

Both the X5 M and the AMG 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X5 M is safer than the Mercedes AMG GLE:

X5 M

AMG GLE

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

130 lbs.

151 lbs.

Hip Force

279 lbs.

287 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

48

103

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

584 lbs.

677 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X5 M the rating of “Top Pick” for 2021, a rating granted to only 145 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The AMG GLE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The X5 M’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG GLE’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 M 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 GLE.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 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 20th in initial quality. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 8 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 M’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 171 more horsepower (600 vs. 429) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid. The X5 M Competition’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 188 more horsepower (617 vs. 429) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5 M has larger tires than the AMG GLE (F:295/35R21 & R:315/30R21 vs. 275/50R20). The X5 M’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG GLE (295/35R21 vs. 285/40R22).

The X5 M’s 295/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG GLE’s standard 50 series tires. The X5 M’s tires are lower profile than the AMG GLE’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 M has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 20-inch wheels are standard on the AMG GLE.

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the X5 M uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The AMG GLE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 M has .3 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front shoulder room than the AMG GLE.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5 M has a larger cargo volume than the AMG GLE with its rear seat up (33.9 vs. 33.3 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5 M has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the AMG GLE.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The X5 M will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X5 M will retain 46.44% of its original price after five years, while the AMG GLE only retains 44.65% to 44.99%.

Recommendations Comparison

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The BMW X5 outsold the Mercedes GLE by 5% during 2020.

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