If you’re stuck between choosing from the 2020 BMW X5 and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE- Class, we’d say you’re in a pretty great spot. The X5 and the GLE are basically the top dogs of the luxury SUV class because of their driving dynamics and elegance. Here we will help you determine the best option based on your personal preferences.
2020 BMW X5
Starting price: $58,900
In many ways, the X5 is the definition of luxury. This SUV boasts refined handling, gripping performance, and dignified comfort. There are three gas engine options for 2020. The entry-level sDrive40i and xDrive40i models come with a 335-hp turbocharged six-cylinder. Next up is the xDrive50i that’s powered by 456-hp twin-turbocharged V-8. On the top-tier M50i, there is a stunning 523-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine.
Budget is obviously a big determining factor here, so for the best value, the xDrive40i is a great choice. The acceleration is smooth and this option comes with all-wheel drive. As far as the interior goes, the X5 is handsome. The synthetic leather upholstery looks nice but you have the option to upgrade to genuine leather.
This SUV comes standard with twin 12.3-inch displays: one screen is used as a digital gauge, the other is dedicated to infotainment. The infotainment display is easy to use and is operable by touchscreen, voice, or by a rotary knob. Apple CarPlay comes standard, but there’s no Android Auto connectivity.
To make the X5 more luxurious, you can add on the Premium package for items like a wifi hotspot and wireless charging. Standard advanced safety features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitoring.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE- Class
Starting price: $53,700
The Mercedes-Benz GLE- Class was completely redesigned for 2020 and the enhancements are excellent. On the outside, the GLE is striking and cultivated. The base GLE350 model comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has a 255-hp.
Rear-wheel drive is standard so for all-wheel-drive you’ll have to go up to the GLE350 4Matic trim. Next up is the GLE450 which is a hybrid option. With the top-tier GLE580 model, you get the most forceful engine outside of the AMG lineup. In regards to safety, the GLE comes with desirable advanced safety features including automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.
While the 2020 GLE comes in a variety of different powertrains, the standard turbocharged four-cylinder is plenty satisfying and fuel-efficient. Where the GLE really shines is with its interior features. Gorgeous leather and metal trimmings elevate the sense of luxury on the inside. Plus, the in-car electronics are very high-tech, which is both a pro and a con. The GLE also has twin 12.3-inch infotainment displays. Mercedes calls its infotainment system MBUX, and it serves as your personal assistant on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wifi hotspot all come standard.
It will likely take you some time though to get used to how the GLE’s infotainment system works. The touchpad can get a little wonky sometimes and using the knobs can even be a distraction.
The final verdict
If you’re on the fence between the X5 and the GLE, we’d say that the X5 is better if power is what you ultimately desire. If luxurious comfort is what you’re after, then the GLE lineup is probably a better option for you.