2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (GLE 63 S AMG)
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The GLE lineup compares almost apples to apples against the BMW X5.

The X5 is loaded with tech and boasts some of the strongest engines ever offered, though the polarizing design can look cold to some.

Not so the Volvo XC90, which offers a value-priced plug-in hybrid version this year and retains its excellent interior and gorgeous design.

The Audi Q7 is a little larger than most of its rivals, and it’s hard to beat for its tech story and terrific engines.

Consider the Lexus RX, though the available third row is cramped and this design is due for an update.

If performance is your end goal, the versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup scores for its off-road capability in some trims and its ferocious on-road manners in Trackhawk trim.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (GLE 63 S AMG)2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
2021 Audi Q72021 Audi Q7
2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e2021 BMW X5
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2021 Lexus RX2021 Lexus RX
2021 Volvo XC902021 Volvo XC90
Quick Specs
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a no-compromise SUV with excellent performance, a spacious interior, and tons of style.
The 2021 Audi Q7 three-row SUV features more standard safety and convenience features, an excellent infotainment system, and a soft, luxurious ride.
The 2021 X5 is BMW’s best vehicle, one that does nearly everything with grace and ease.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L performs on road and off, has lots of space, and competes with luxury brands in its top models.
The 2021 Lexus RX stays strong in an increasingly crowded class with styling that stands out and powertrains that don’t.
Low-key luxury lies in the 2021 Volvo XC90’s serene cockpit, in its strong acceleration, and in its gray-wool confines.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WD
Style Name     
GLE 350 SUVPremium 45 TFSI quattrosDrive40i Sports Activity VehicleLaredo X 4x2RX 350 FWDT5 FWD Momentum 7P
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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