There’s a class of luxury midsize SUVs that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the 2019 models of both Mercedes-Benz and BMW deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2019 BMW X6, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2019 BMW X6. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the BMW side-by-side.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 BMW X6: Performance
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE
gets decent power from its base engine, and it offers three performance-oriented trims that all deliver excellent acceleration. GLE 400 models have a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 329 horsepower, and it’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. These engines all deliver better acceleration and feel stronger than the base engine. The two GLE 63 trims are shockingly energetic, making the SUV feel quicker off the line than any SUV has a right to be. All-wheel drive comes standard. You can choose between multiple driving modes that alter the suspension to provide better handling or a smoother ride.
When it comes to performance, the 2019 BMW X6 can hang with any SUV in the class. It comes with an energetic six-cylinder base engine, and two incredibly powerful V8s are available. The X6 sDrive35i and xDrive35i come with a 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers ample power for most driving situations, and the smooth-shifting transmission makes it a nice all-around powertrain. The X6 features an engine stop-start system to aid fuel economy, but it’s rather abrupt, and you may want to disable it.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 BMW X6: Feature Comparison
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE’s
interior features modern styling and premium materials, making it one of the nicest cabins in the class. Both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable with seating for five. Leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats come standard. There’s plenty of technology available; standard features in the GLE include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, and HD Radio. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a drowsiness monitor, crosswind assist, and Mercedes-Benz PRESAFE®, which tightens the seat belts, closes the windows, and locks the doors when the GLE senses a crash is imminent. A power liftgate comes standard, and the rear seats fold completely flat to give you an even cargo floor.
The 2019 BMW X6 looks great inside and uses high-quality materials throughout the cabin. It seats five and comes standard with Dakota leather upholstery and heated, 14-way power-adjustable front seats. The front seats are great, but the rear seats are less roomy, and the cargo hold is one of the smallest in the class. Standard features in the X6 include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 10.2.-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, navigation, a nine-speaker hi-fi audio system, HD Radio, *Bluetooth®, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay. Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 BMW X6: Overall Comparison
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE delivers plenty of luxury. You have four trim options with the GLE, three of which are performance-oriented models. The base GLE 400 4MATIC® makes a great choice for most people. It’s not as powerful as the higher trims, but it offers almost all the same features, and its engine still has ample power for every driving situation. Mercedes-Benz offers some powerful engine options. The GLE looks great inside, and it provides two rows of comfortable seats and plenty of tech features. Standard models also have good cargo capacity. It’s a good SUV that’s worth a look.
The 2019 BMW X6 finishes in the bottom third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. The BMW X6 is a good 2-row SUV. It’s powerful and agile, making it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. It delivers this performance without sacrificing ride quality, and it gets OK fuel economy. So why the low ranking? Well, many other luxury midsize SUVs are better people- and cargo movers, and some outstrip the X6 in terms of interior luxury while still delivering plenty of performance. In other words, outside of driving enjoyment, there aren’t many areas where this BMW leads the class.
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