2019 BMW X5 vs. 2018 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X5 has standard Active Protection, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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.

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 GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a night vision system.

To help make backing safer, the X5’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the X5 and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

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 GLE 43 Coupe.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 71 more horsepower (456 vs. 385) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive40i gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (20 city/26 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The X5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

The X5’s optional 275/35R22 front and 315/30R22 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 43 Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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 GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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 GLE 43 Coupe.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (117.1 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.7 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the X5 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 43 Coupe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE 43 Coupe can only carry 5.

The X5 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room and .9 inches more rear headroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The X5 5-Passenger has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe with its rear seat up (33.9 vs. 23 cubic feet). The X5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe with its rear seat folded (72.3 vs. 60.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X5’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X5’s available tailgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display that 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 GLE 43 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 GLE 43 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 GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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