2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6

When luxury shoppers want a stylish vehicle that offers great on-road manners with a heavy dose of style, one of the crossovers in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6 comparison may do the trick. Each of these models comes from an iconic luxury manufacturer and can deliver value and premium features. However, we think that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE can offer better value in several ways.

One of these is interior space. The 2018 BMW X6 is a compact crossover with a fastback rear, while the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has a more traditional rear, and flirts with the line between compact and midsize models. This translates to up to 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space available in the Mercedes-Benz model, while the BMW X6 tops out with just 59.7 cubic feet. That's a significant difference in space whether drivers want to load their vehicles down with luggage or just want to stretch out in the back. Both of these models seat five passengers.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs 2018 BMW X6 sDrive35i
$52,200 Starting MSRP $62,700
3.5-L V-6 (302 hp) Engine 3.0-L inline-6 (300 hp)
80.3 cubic feet Cargo Space 59.7 cubic feet
7,200 pounds Max. Towing 6,000 pounds (estimated)

Base Engine on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Another notable difference between these compact luxury crossovers is the base engine. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated for 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Elite AMG® models of this crossover can offer even more power and premium acceleration. In contrast, the BMW model in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 BMW X6 comparison has a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated for 300 horsepower and more torque than the Mercedes-Benz model. While these engine output numbers are close, it also matters what you can do with it. With this base engine the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE can tow up to 7,200 pounds, which offers impressive options when it comes to weekend adventuring. While we don't have solid numbers yet for the 2018 BMW X6, based on previous year estimates we believe this model can offer only 6,000 pounds of towing. This is still impressive, but not as much as the trailering potential on the 2018 GLE 350.

Both of the models in this comparison also come with elite luxury features and driver aids like parking assistance. To learn more about this comparison, or to test drive a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE in Houston TX, contact a member of the Star Motor Cars sales team today.

grey 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe on a black background
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE rear seating with cupholders folded down
infotainment system on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG
park assist and gauge cluster on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE