2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2017 BMW X5

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2017 BMW X5

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 2017 BMW X5
  455 lb-ft. 300 lb-ft.
  26.4 gallons 22.4 gallons
  7 Passengers 5 Passengers

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2017 BMW X5

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Both of these vehicles are fantastic choices for a new luxury SUV. Mercedes-Benz and BMW are the flagship automobile companies for creating top-of-the-line cars accessible to consumers who prefer the higher ride position, all-wheel-drive handling and a larger cargo area.

The price points for the GLS and X5 are similar for a top of the line SUV. The Mercedes-Benz, however, has better performance ratings, more overall interior space and more standard features on base models. For this comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is compared to the BMW X5 xDrive35i.


Both vehicles are equipped with a 6-cylinder engine; the Mercedes-Benz has a 3.0L all-wheel drive V6 turbo, and the BMW has a 3.0L inline-6 turbo. Both engines are very similar in construction and size, and each transmission is similar as well. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLS has more horsepower and a higher torque rating compared to the BMW. The GLS peaks at 362 horsepower at 5500 RPM, while the BMW produces 300 horsepower at 5800 rpm. As for torque, Mercedes-Benz pulls 369 ft.-lbs. at 1700rpm, while the BMW’s peak torque sits at 300 ft.-lbs. at 1500rpm. Finally, the GLS has a 9-speed automatic transmission as opposed to the BMW’s 8-speed. An additional gear can assist in improving performance.


The Mercedes-Benz GLS seats seven adult passengers comfortably, while BMW only has room for five. And along with more overall room for the driver and passengers, the overall cargo space with seat area calculated is much larger for the GLS compared to the X5 – 93.8 cubic feet of volume in the Mercedes-Benz model, while the BMW has just 66 cubic feet of area.


Many vehicle features, such as heated/cooled seats, trim and upholstery, and exterior appearance are standard on the Mercedes-Benz GLS. For more exterior and interior options on the BMW X5, customers have to purchase additional packages on top of the base price in order to have features that are standard equipment on the GLS.

For example, to make small changes to the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz, customers can add illuminated running boards, a panoramic roof, or choose between one of two more comprehensive appearance packages. However, for the BMW, customers can only purchase the M sport package instead of more individualized features, and this package also includes changes to other mechanical components such as the suspension.

One particular feature, keyless entry, is standard on the Mercedes-Benz GLS, but is offered only as an option on the BMW X5. Furthermore, a premium sound system, while available as an option on the GLS, a similar option is not offered at all on the X5.

Stop by your local dealership today to test drive a brand new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS and experience exactly how it compares to a BMW X5.