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Compare 2009 BMW X5 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

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Selected Style AWD 4-Door 30i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 30i 15 21 $43,700 $47,500
AWD 4-Door 48i 14 19 $51,705 $56,200
xDrive 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,105 $51,200
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
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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
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - 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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00 - TBD -
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
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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