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Selected Style AWD 4-Door 35i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $42,595 $46,300
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $47,930 $52,100
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $50,230 $54,600
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,655 $51,800
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC 17 21 $56,684 $60,950
4MATIC 4-Door GL450 13 18 $57,614 $61,950
4MATIC 4-Door GL550 12 17 $78,539 $84,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,595
$56,684
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,300
$60,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$772 / month
$1016 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5. A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA 50.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.6 39.5
Front Head Room (in) 36.6 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.4 143.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 60.0 58.3
Third Leg Room (in) NA 34.2
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.6
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Third Hip Room (in) NA - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.0 58.9
Front Leg Room (in) 40.0 40.3
Third Head Room (in) NA 38.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 69.9 72.4
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 76.4
Track Width, Front (in) 64.7 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 7.9
Length, Overall (in) 191.2 200.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 61.8 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA 18.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.7 x 1.2 14.7 x 1.3
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 0.8 13.0 x 0.9
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.5 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 42.0 39.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size 255/55R18 P275/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size 255/55R18 P275/50R20
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 600 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6000 7500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4960 5423
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 20 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 210 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 300 @ 1200-5000 400 @ 1600 - 2400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/182 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 300 @ 5800 210 @ 3800
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I6 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System DI Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.71 4.38
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.92
Trans Type 8 7
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00 - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.73
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.15 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Control arm w/stabilizer bar
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Airmatic
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Integral Four-link w/wtabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Airmatic
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.8 11.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
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