X5 F15 versus GLE W166
Two pioneers of German Mid-Size Luxury SUV's continue their battle for market dominance with innovations such as new plug-in hybrid models.
Both SUV's are currently on their third generation cycle, although the Mercedes-Benz now goes under GLE tag, where E stand for the classification of the SUV in GL lineup. With both offering variety of engines, it's evident that the age on GLE chassis, which comes from the previous M-Class, is taking its toll. The non-AMG GLE is under-powered than the X5, but comes with a more attractive sticker price.
Both SUV's offer rear wheel and all wheel drive systems. One big disadvantage of the GLE is the lack of third-row seats, which are offered instead on the GLS. And since BMW hasn't introduced it's bigger X7 yet, it has no problem in spoiling the X5 customers with an option of extra passenger seats.