2016 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offers similar seating and quality of build, but feels more refined and traditional behind the wheel.

The Land Rover Range Rover, which carries the torch as the most luxurious option in the luxury SUV category, is more capable off-road than virtually anything else in its class, though the Range Rover Sport is a closer competitor for the X5, with similar dynamics and closer pricing.

The Porsche Cayenne still wins in the performance category, especially as you move to it most expensive versions, but the BMW X5 has a richer, warmer interior.

The Cadillac Escalade looks especially bold, and its interior is up to snuff with the rest of the segment, but it's much bigger and more truck-like.

The Lexus GX is also an older style of SUV, with its body-on-frame build and more rugged off-road abilities.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td62016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe2016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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Quick Specs
The benchmark of mid-size luxury SUVs, the 2016 BMW X5 offers handsome looks, a choice of powertrains, an abundance of tech features, sporty on-road dynamics, and even some off-road capability.
Imagine what a full-size luxury SUV should be and you'll almost certainly picture the 2016 Cadillac Escalade.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport adds two new dimensions to its performance profile: a turbodiesel V-6 and a supercharged HST edition.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class wraps up to seven people in luxury, and offers a pleasant ride with either diesel fuel economy or willing gasoline power.
The 2016 Porsche Cayenne offers more than enough on-the-road (or on-the-track) performance to satisfy enthusiast cravings, and it's likely to surprise and delight with its versatility and ruggedness.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas V8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard SUV 2WDN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door sDrive35i2WD 4-Door Standard4WD 4-Door V6 SE4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4MATICSport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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