2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6

red 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE next to a brown 2018 BMW X6 in a comparison image

Luxury shoppers in the market for a stylish and practical crossover may be interested in one of the models in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6 comparison. While both of these luxury models offer premium features and five passenger seating, there are some fairly significant differences that will make it easy for shoppers to choose between them.

While in theory each of these models falls into the midsize crossover category, a difference in body style allows the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV to offer significantly more cargo space. This model is considered an SUV and it has a boxier rear area that offers up up to 80.3 cubic feet for cargo. That is an impressive number all by itself, but when you consider that the 2018 BMW X6 can offer only 59.7 cubic feet for cargo you can see some of the differences in practicality.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs 2018 BMW X6 35i
$52,200 Starting MSRP $62,950
3.5-L V-6 (302 hp) Engine 3.0-L inline 6-cylinder (300 hp)
SUV Body Style Activity Coupe
80.3 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 59.7 cubic feet

Engine Output and Features on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

In this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6 comparison, the Mercedes-Benz model embraces the crossover designation and offers luxury shoppers practicality, good looks and great features all in one bold midsize package. In contrast, the 2018 BMW X6 is considered an “Activity Coupe”. This means that it is supposed to deliver more engaging performance and a sportier sloped roof. While different models of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2018 BMW X6 will offer more powerful engine outputs, on the base 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 the standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine actually offers slightly more horsepower than the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine on the BMW model.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 also offers top value for crossover SUV shoppers. For a much lower starting price than boasted by the 2018 BMW X6, drivers still get premium standard features like DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, ATTENTION ASSIST®, a power liftgate, PRESAFE® crash minimization*, and an eight-inch display screen for the infotainment system. For drivers who want premium performance and a coupe-like look, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe and 63 S Coupe can deliver even more performance.

*PRESAFE® closes the side windows when the system's sensors detect side movements that suggest a possible rollover. A small gap is left near the fully closed position. Seat and head restraints adjust only when equipped with memory system.


black 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV on a white background
rear seating in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE
DYNAMIC SELECT on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE
gauge cluster in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE


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