2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XT5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The GLE has standard NECK-PRO front head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO front head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The XT5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the GLE. But it costs extra on the XT5.

The GLE’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GLE and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GLE the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT5 was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GLE’s reliability 21 points higher than the XT5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 13 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.


The GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 19 more horsepower (329 vs. 310) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 271) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The AMG GLE 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 75 more horsepower (385 vs. 310) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 271) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLE 43 is faster than the Cadillac XT5:




Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the GLE Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The GLE has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The GLE has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 21.7 gallons).


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XT5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XT5:





Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

The GLE stops shorter than the XT5:





70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the XT5 (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R18). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (265/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The GLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The AMG GLE 43’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XT5. The AMG GLE 43’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the XT5.

Suspension and Handling

The GLE offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The XT5 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The GLE has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XT5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the XT5 (114.8 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is .6 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the XT5.

The GLE’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.6% to 47.4%) than the XT5’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the GLE more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the GLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the GLE to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The GLE AIRMATIC’s minimum ground clearance is 2.2 inches higher than on the XT5 (10 vs. 7.8 inches).


As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG GLE 43 is quieter than the XT5 AWD:




At idle

38 dB

44 dB


76 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The GLE has .5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XT5 with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 30 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XT5 with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 63 cubic feet).


The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (7200 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the GLE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XT5. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.


Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the XT5, the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLE’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the XT5.

The GLE’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the GLE the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GLE’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer fluid is optional on the GLE to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The GLE’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the XT5’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The XT5’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The GLE’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the GLE has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The XT5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The GLE offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

The GLE will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GLE will retain 46.84% to 49.97% of its original price after five years, while the XT5 only retains 42.64% to 43.55%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLE is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GLE than the XT5, including $73 less for a muffler and $674 less for a timing belt/chain.

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