BMW X3 vs. Mercedes GLE 2020 Comparison

BMW and Mercedes Benz are manufacturers of high-end performance and luxury cars and SUVs. Two of the most popular models are the BMW X3 and The Mercedes GLE class. Both are SUVs and packed from top to bottom with technology, comfort, and performance. Looking at the full line up of the BMW and the Mercedes Benz show that each manufacturer sets high standards for creating some of the best cars on the market. This guide will walk us through some of the features of models.

Safety Features:

The BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLE both come equipped with a large number of safety features. Standard trims have airbags in the front, side, overhead, and knee positions. Within the seats, the seatbelt contains pretensioners which will automatically tighten pulling and keeping the occupant in the most secure position in the event of a crash. The engine has a stability control feature that will decelerate and apply brakes when the driver loses control.

Both vehicles according to the NHTSA overall safety crash standards both receive 5 stars in their overall safety performance,

Engine and Suspension:

The BMW X3 can achieve roughly 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway

The engine that powers the X3 sDrive30i  is a 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder being able to reach 60mph in about 6.2 seconds and an upgraded model X3 X3 M40i 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. It has options for both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive depending on the model.

The adaptive suspension (Dynamic Damper Control) is an option for the X3 which creates a smoother higher-performing ride with quick reactive control. For its size as an SUV, the X3 responds to the driver’s movements with ease and delight.

The Mercedes Benz GLE comes in slightly less fuel efficiency with 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Powering the GLE350 is a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine also with options for front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The next model in class is the GLE450 a 362-hp hybrid powertrain that has a turbocharged inline-six. It can reach 60MPH in about 6.6 seconds just slightly slower than the BMW.

The suspension of the GLE comes standard with steel springs but can easily be upgraded to have top of the line air suspension allowing the driver to easily adjust the driving mode for the conditions and terrain.

For the hybrid models both BMW and Mercedes implemented brake energy regeneration. This takes kinetic energy used in braking to help recharge the battery of the engine to avoid wasting power on the alternator which traditionally did this. It allows both SUVs to get slightly better MPG for their size.


The BMW will hold 5 passengers spread across two rows with a roomy interior. The infotainment’s default size is 6.5 inch but can be upgraded with the navigation to a whopping 10.3 inches.

The GLE comes with brand new in the 2020 edition a third row (albeit smaller) to hold 7 passengers total. The first two rows are plenty roomy and comfortable. An enormous 12.3-inch infotainment stretches across the front interior with a fully interactive display.

Both the BMW and Mercedes come with Apple and Android connectivity, Bluetooth, USB charging, and all the features you would expect to find in a luxury vehicle.

For either vehicle leasing from a local dealer can be an excellent and affordable option to experience the luxury that both Mercedes and BMW have to offer.

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