The BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class come under mid-sized luxury sports utility vehicles. Both cars have managed to combine many of the sometimes-conflicting priorities of SUV shoppers.
Late in the 1990s, X5 and M-Class were the first luxury SUVs introduced in the market. Both cars have evolved from models that focused on toughness, capability and utility. These vehicles offer many cabin amenities and tech features equal to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
These two models compete with a wide range of luxury crossover and SUV models, which include the Lexus RX on the car-like side and the Lexus GX on the truck-like side, Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Volvo XC90, notes Car Connection.
However, there is one key difference between these two models. The X5 comes with a seating capacity of up to seven while the GLE-Class is a five-seater. This leaves the three-row capacity models for its larger companion model, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Note that both of these models have completely fresh designs. The GLE-Class is a continuation of the third generation M-Class, which made its debut in 2012. The GLE-Class is the new nameplate this year, and has undergone a slight facelift on the outside as well as a revamped lineup of powertrains.
The third-generation X5 was launched in 2014 and saw more refinement and comfort to the lineup. Both of these models can be called “coupe” variants and are showier and more style-centric.
There isn’t much difference between the X6 and the X5. However, the X6 has a similar roofline to that of GLE-Class, but the former is a little more low-slung. Both models lack a bit of cargo space, though it’s not as much as one might suspect.