2019 BMW X6 M vs. 2018 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 M 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.

Both the X6 M and the AMG GLE 43 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, 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, available around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

The BMW X6 M weighs 495 pounds more than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The X6 M’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 X6 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 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’ December 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 X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 182 more horsepower (567 vs. 385) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the X6 M’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 X6 M’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.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X6 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe:

 

X6 M

GLE

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15.2 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X6 M has larger tires than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (F:285/35R21 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21).

The X6 M’s 285/35R21 front and 325/30R21 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 43 Coupe’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The X6 M’s tires are lower profile than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X6 M 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.

The X6 M handles at .98 G’s, while the AMG GLE 43 Coupe pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X6 M executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (24.3 seconds @ .84 average G’s vs. 25.3 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X6 M has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.1 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the X6 M to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The X6 M has .7 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The X6 M has a much larger cargo area than the AMG GLE 43 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 M’s liftgate 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 X6 M offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 M has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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