2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE VS 2019 Volvo XC90

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 Volvo deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2019 Volvo XC90, 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 Volvo XC90. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Volvo side-by-side.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 Volvo XC90: 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.

The 2019 Volvo XC90 has decent overall performance. Alas, the base engine is underpowered. Fuel economy is good for the class. The XC90 delivers a comfortable ride and stable cornering ability. However, this Volvo’s handling isn’t as engaging as some other SUVs in the class. It comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. While critics mostly praise the T6 powertrain for its added muscle and ability to accelerate more quickly, its performance suffers when loaded down with people or cargo. The transmission’s performance also leaves something to be desired; it hesitates to shift when needed.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 Volvo XC90: 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 Volvo XC90 has an elegant interior quality, with high-end materials and a sophisticated design. There’s loads of passenger room and comfort in two rows, along with one of the roomiest cargo bays in the class. Infotainment functions work well but also suffer from a slight learning curve. Standard features in the 2019 XC90 include a panoramic moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, and a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. The XC90’s infotainment system has a sleek and modern layout, and it responds quickly to inputs. However, it takes some time to learn functions that are buried within multiple levels of menus. There are a few physical buttons on the dashboard for other controls.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 Volvo XC90: 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.

Despite a top-notch interior and loads of standard safety features, the 2019 Volvo XC90 is relegated to the bottom half of the very competitive luxury midsize SUV class. It has a below-average predicted reliability rating. The XC90’s performance is best described as uninspiring, especially with the base engine, which feels underpowered for most situations. Although two available engines deliver more muscle, the driving experience is hampered by an unrefined transmission. The XC90 also eschews handling excitement for stable and poised, if somewhat blasé, handling.

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