GLE 450

X4 xDrive30i

X4 M40i

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the X4 (255/50R19 vs. 245/50R19). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. F:245/40R20 & R:275/40R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The GLE 450 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. BMW doesn’t offer an active suspension on the X4.

The GLE has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLE’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The X4 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The GLE’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the X4 (117.9 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the X4.

Passenger Space

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The GLE offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X4 can only carry 5.

The GLE has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 5.4 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the X4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GLE’s middle row seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X4 with its rear seat up (33 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the GLE’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X4 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The GLE has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X4, the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLE offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The GLE is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X4 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes GLE outsold the BMW X4 by almost 11 to one during 2018.

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