The new Mercedes-Benz GLE comes with a starting price way below its BMW X5 competitor. The SUV starts at 65,807 Euros, VAT included, at home, in Germany.
The starting price is reserved for the GLE 300 d 4MATIC entry-level model, with the new 2 liter turbodiesel (OM654 engine) with 245 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, available at launch.
Next up the range comes the GLE 450 4MATIC, powered by a 6-cylinder petrol engine equipped with the 48-Volt technology, developing 367 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, with extra 22 horsepower and 250 Nm provided by the EQ Boost system. It is available for 72,649.50 Euros.
With a price of 72,649.50 euros, the new Mercedes GLE 450 4Matic is much cheaper than the new BMW X5 xDrive 40i which starts at 78,100 euro and delivers 27 HP less.
We cannot carry out a comparison between diesel versions because Mercedes GLE starts with a 2.0 liter bi-turbodiesel 4-cylinders power unit with 245 HP at 65,807 Euros, while the smallest BMW X5 diesel version is a 3.0-liter 6-cylinders in line turbodiesel with 265 HP and costs 76,300 Euros.
For the moment, we cannot attempt a thorough analysis of prices, since Mercedes has not set the car configurator for the new GLE yet. But we know that both the Mercedes GLE and the BMW X5 come with the multimedia system with navigation as standard. Also, the digital instrument cluster is standard for both cars.
LED headlamps are also standard for both, while the Multibeam LED headlamps (1,457.50 euros) of the Mercedes and the Adaptive LED lights (690 euros) of the BMW are optional. BMW also has Laser headlights in store, for 2,000 Euros.
The BMW X5 come standard with an adaptive suspension, while the pneumatic suspension is optional for both cars and costs almost the same: 2,034.90 Euros for the GLE and 2,100 Euros for BMW. The off-road package is available as a world premiere for the BMW X5 at a price of 2,650 Euros, while the Mercedes GLE’s off-road package comes for the price of 2,261 euros and it is available only for the GLE 450 4MATIC variant.
The package that Mercedes provides, includes a fully variable all-wheel drive, speed regulations for driving downhill and off-road ABS with specific optimization for poor roads.
The sophisticated and unique electro-hyraulic E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension system, a segment-first, comes for 7,735 Euros at Mercedes GLE.
An electrically foldable and retractable trailer hitch costs 1,142.40 Euros. Equipped with AIRMATIC, the SUV is capable of towing 3.5 tons.
The ENERGIZIING Package Plus includes multi-contour seats, seat climate control for the driver and the front passenger, the Warmth Comfort Package and the AIR-BALANCE Package, all for 4,075.75 Euros.
The Driving Assistance Package comes for 2,296.70 Euros and it brings onboard the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Speed Limit Assist, extended automatic restart on motorways, speed adjustment based on the route with End of Tailback Function, Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Emergency Lane Function etc. The Driving Package Plus, available for 2,891.70 Euros, adds the Stop-and-Go Assist function to the already extensive list of safety systems.
BMW offers two assistant packages: the base Driving Assistant (1,090 Euros) includes rear cross-traffic warning, lane change warning, rear-end collision warning, plus Speed Limit Info and the Professional Driving Assistant (2,600 euros), which includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, pedestrians and cyclists warning with braking function holding up to a limit of 210 km/h, the lane departure warning with active side collision protection and the steering and guidance assist available up to 210 km/h.
Those who choose to fit seven seats in their new Mercedes-Benz GLE, introduced last month, can order an electric and adjustable second row for 1,428 Euros. For 1,082.90 Euros, the EASY-ENTRY feature provides electric adjustment for access to the third row of seats for 2 passengers.
Starting December 2018, the new BMW X5 will also be available with a seven-seat layout.
The GLE driver automatically gets the MBUX artificial-intelligence-based system, that is engaged once he says the words “Hey Mercedes”. The standard equipment list of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE also includes the Burmester surround sound system, but a 25-speaker 1,590-Watt Burmester 3D surround sound system costs 5,831 Euros.