Compare 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2013 BMW X5

2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2013 BMW X5
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RWD 4-Door ML350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML350 18 23 $43,961 $47,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 18 23 $46,286 $49,770
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 20 28 $47,681 $51,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 14 20 $54,684 $58,800
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 13 17 $89,373 $96,100
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AWD 4-Door xDrive35i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 16 23 $43,700 $47,500
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i Premium 16 23 $50,785 $55,200
AWD 4-Door xDrive35d 19 26 $52,165 $56,700
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i Sport Activity 16 23 $53,085 $57,700
AWD 4-Door xDrive50i 14 20 $59,065 $64,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,961
$43,700
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,270
$47,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$788 / month
$792 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks. While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.300
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 58.000
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 40.000
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.600
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 36.600
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 102.4
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 60.000
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 69.900
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 65.000
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 115.500
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
84.3 76.100
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.700
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 8.740
Length, Overall (in)
189.1 191.100
Cargo Area Dimensions
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)
38.2 21.900
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 75.200
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 0.6 12.600 x 0.800
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 13.700 x 1.200
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
27.7 22.500
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 42.000
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 19.500
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 900
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 6000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4652 4960
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 11.500
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 210
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500 300 @ 1300-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 300 @ 5800-6250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.300
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.140
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.150
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.670
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.000
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.710
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.840
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.110
Trans Type
7 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.000
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.290
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.670
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class BMW X5
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A N/A
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A N/A
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - - TBD -
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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