Compare 2009 BMW X5 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2009 BMW X5
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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AWD 4-Door 30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 30i 15 21 $43,700 $47,500
xDrive 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,105 $51,200
AWD 4-Door 48i 14 19 $51,705 $56,200
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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
$43,700
$49,662
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,500
$53,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$792 / month
$890 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 BMW X5 is one of the better-handling utility vehicles of any shape, and a newly available diesel makes it even more appealing, but its styling and interior fail to wow. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.0 58.3
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
Front Leg Room (in)
40.0 43.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 143
Third Head Room (in)
NA 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
30.0 - 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
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)
69.9 72.4 - 75.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 x - TBD - 13.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.0 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P265/60R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P265/60R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 7500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 750
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4916 5296
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Diesel V6
Fuel System
- TBD - CDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 2750 398 @ 1600 - 2800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/182.3
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6600 215 @ 3800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 18
Transmission
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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link 4-Arm Multi-link
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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