2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Undercuts Base BMW X5 By Nearly €6,000 In Germany

Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2019 GLE is now available to order in Germany, with a starting price of €65,807 ($75,021) for the base 300d 4Matic – or almost €6,000 less than the entry level version of its arch rival, the BMW X5 xDrive30d, which costs €71,100 ($80,974).

The GLE 300d 4Matic uses the brand’s 2.0-liter six-cylinder diesel, rated at 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. This version of the full-sized SUV consumes between 6.1 and 6.4 liters of diesel per 100 km (46.3-44.1 mpg UK / 38.6-36.8 mpg US) on average, and emits 169-161 g/km of CO2.

Opting for the GLE 450 4Matic requires spending at least €72,649.50 ($82,821). The mild-hybrid model is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 367 PS (362 hp / 270 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. An additional 22 PS (22 hp / 16 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque are available over short periods of time from the EQ Boost function. Its average fuel consumption is 8.3-9.4 l/100 km (34-30 mpg UK / 28.3-25 mpg US), and CO2 emissions are rated at 214-190 g/km.

Also Read: Mercedes GLE Vs BMW X5: A Tale Of Two Brand-New German Premium SUVs

A multitude of features are available for the all-new GLE, which, depending on the selected flavor of the SUV, can significantly increase its price. For example, the Off-Road Technology package, with reworked all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and off-road ABS €2,261 ($2,578) for the GLE 450, the trailer hitch adds another €1,142.40 ($1,302), and the Trailer Assist is €416.50 ($475).

The long options list includes stuff like the Energizing Package, Driving Assistance Package, Driving Assistance Package Plus, electrically-adjustable second row of seats, third-row, Multibeam LED headlights, Magic Vision Control, heated front windscreen and Burmester premium sound system.

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  • Some ol’ bloke

    You know what, this costs so much that it defies the point of value for money


    For that price you can buy a cottage in capital…

  • Maykel

    Well.. Benz will further increase its lead over Bimmer.

    • PK

      pretty much. mercedes benz is in a good position to beat bmw in sales this year to. whatever they’re doing it’s working.

  • pcurve

    mm ouch 20k more than US

  • Evan Adams

    Fail for not shipping this year. December launch would have had my money 100%

  • You would be a fool to buy or lease one of these things new. Let someone else take the huge depreciation hit then get a pre-owned one after 2 -3 years, with a warranty definitely.

  • carmatt

    GLE entry level 300d has a 2.0 inline FOUR-cylinder Diesel engine, not 3.0 six-cylinder as mentioned above. BMX X5 30d has six though – might be the main reason for the price difference…

    • Dennis James

      It may be the reason, but for a soccer mom this engine parameter may not matter, while the 6k difference most certainly will. And getting a 362hp hybrid for 1500 EUR more than the base X5 is certainly interesting. BMW may have been cought with its pants down if Mercedes was able to lower production costs.

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