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.
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|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class||2021 Audi Q7||2021 BMW X5||2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2021 Lexus RX||2021 Volvo XC90|
|15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 4WD||Standard SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD|
|GLE 350 SUV||Premium 45 TFSI quattro||sDrive40i Sports Activity Vehicle||Laredo X 4x2||RX 350 FWD||T5 FWD Momentum 7P|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2021 Audi Q7||2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2021 BMW X5||2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2021 Lexus RX||2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2021 Volvo XC90|