2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2020 BMW X7

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle 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 BMW X7 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the GLE and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 10 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GLE’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the GLE 450 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid is faster than the X7 xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.:

GLE

X7

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

97 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes GLE higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the BMW X7 (3). This means the GLE produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X7 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 X7.

Brakes and Stopping

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The GLE stops shorter than the X7:

GLE

X7

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The GLE 450 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. BMW doesn’t offer an active suspension on the X7.

The GLE’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The GLE 450 handles at .84 G’s, while the X7 xDrive50i pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the X7’s (39.4 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the GLE Airmatic has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.2 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the GLE to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Mercedes GLE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The GLE is 9 inches shorter than the X7, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mercedes GLE amounts to more than styling. The GLE has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the X7 (.33 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GLE get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The GLE has .5 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X7.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLE’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Towing

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The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X7’s (7700 vs. 5950 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The GLE offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The GLE is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes GLE outsold the BMW X7 by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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