Compare 2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2011 BMW X5

2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2011 BMW X5
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RWD 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML 350 16 21 $42,501 $45,700
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 15 20 $44,826 $48,200
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,221 $49,700
4MATIC 4-Door ML 450 Hybrid 21 24 $51,150 $55,000
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 13 18 $52,778 $56,750
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 11 15 $84,676 $91,050
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AWD 4-Door 35i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $42,595 $46,300
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,655 $51,800
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,501
$42,595
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,700
$46,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$762 / month
$772 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Though it's far from cheap, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns our kudos with hip styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
40.0 36.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 36.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 102.4
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 60.0
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 58.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 40.0
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 76.1
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 191.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 69.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 65.0
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 115.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.4 61.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 21.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 13.7 x 1.2
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)
13.0 x 0.5 12.6 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 22.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 19.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.9 42.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.62 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 6000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4632 4960
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10 11.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 210
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 300 @ 1200-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 300 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection DI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.71
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class BMW X5
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
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
4-Arm Multilink Integral
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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