Compare 2008 BMW X5 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2008 BMW X5
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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AWD 4-Door 3.0si
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 3.0si 17 23 $42,505 $46,200
AWD 4-Door 4.8i 15 21 $50,415 $54,800
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI 18 24 $49,662 $53,400
4MATIC 4-Door 4.6L 13 18 $51,987 $55,900
4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 17 $71,959 $77,375
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,505
$49,662
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,200
$53,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$770 / month
$890 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW X5 is better than ever, but could use more dramatic styling and an iDrive transplant. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.0 43.0
Third Head Room (in)
NA 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.4 143
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.0 58.3
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Third Leg Room (in)
NA 34.0
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
NA - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 58.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 7.9 (10.9 w/Air Suspension)
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 200.6
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.5 72.4 - 75.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 65.1
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 121.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.1 76.0
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 65.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
61.8 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 14.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
21.9 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 83.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.79 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 x 1.18 13.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 26.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.0 39.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P265/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P265/60R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 7500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4982 5296
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/182.3
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6600 215 @ 3800
Engine Type
Gas I6 Diesel V6
Fuel System
- TBD - CDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 2750 398 @ 1600 - 2800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42 (Comfort Mode: 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Integrated w/Spring-Struts
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Spring-Struts
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link 4-Arm Multi-link

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