2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (GLE43)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will get compared most often to rivals from BMW or Audi.

The new Q7 features more room in a bigger package, although without the same performance versions as found on the Mercedes.

The Acura MDX isn't as daring as the Mercedes, but comes with slightly better fuel economy outside of the hybrid version.

BMW's X5 and X6 more closely align to the GLE-Class and can be had with similar powertrains, although BMW still manages to offer a turbodiesel—that we prefer.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee costs considerably less than the GLE-Class and offers more off-road capability, if that's critical.

The Lexus RX 350 has a style all its own, but we suspect that some buyers will be turned off by the polarizing, angular look.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class can be outfitted to please nearly every luxury-SUV buyer.
Full of tech and full of people, the 2019 Acura MDX is a safe—and conservative—pick among family-sized crossover SUVs.
The 2019 Audi Q7 delivers on the factors most important to large luxury SUV buyers: space, comfort, style, safety, and impressive technology.
The 2019 BMW X5 grows even closer to being the do-it-all vehicle in its family.
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a hugely capable off-roader—or track warrior—wrapped in a smart package.
The 2019 Lexus RX remains the luxury crossover SUV sales standard for its design, comfort, and features.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WDStandard SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
GLE 400 4MATIC SUVFWDPremium 45 TFSI quattroxDrive40i Sports Activity VehicleAltitude 4x2RX 350 FWD
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4MATICSport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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