Compare 2012 BMW X5 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2012 BMW X5
2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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AWD 4-Door 35i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $43,700 $47,500
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $50,785 $55,200
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $52,165 $56,700
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $53,085 $57,700
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $59,065 $64,200
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4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL 450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL 550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,700
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,500
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$792 / month
$1026 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve. With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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 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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 200.7
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 78.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 65.0
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)
75.2 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
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 7500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
900 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4960 5512
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 20 x 8.5
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
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
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
300 @ 1300-5000 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5800-6250 210 @ 3400
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I6 Turbocharged Diesel V6
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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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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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