Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW: These high end German auto makers are dominant players in the luxury SUV segment, all three brands are dedicated to German engineering, precision, and excellence and produce top-of-the-line luxury SUVs. In this article, we will be comparing the new GLE and all-new GLC to their Audi & BMW brand counterparts.First up, GLE vs. Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
TOTAL PRICE: $ 66,300*
ENGINE: 3.0L V6 turbo diesel
9-Speed Automatic Transmission
249 HP 455lb-ft Torque
FUEL ECONOMY: 10.1 City/ 8.0 Highway/ 9.2 Combined
PERFORMANCE: Standard equipment includes: 4th generation 4MATIC Permanent AWD with 50:50 torque split. 9-speed automatic transmission with 5 drive modes (comfort, eco, sport, sport + and individual) EPS power steering, eco start/stop and HOLD function.
EXTERIOR: New features for 2016 include; updated headlamps & tail lamps with integrated LED daytime running lights and a re-shaped grille & front bumper. The GLE also features a two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim (non-functional for 350d) Aluminum running boards, and a panoramic sliding glass roof with popup.
INTERIOR: Includes 2,010 litres of cargo space (with the rear seats folded) Three 12-volt power ports, rear sets that recline or fold flat, heated front seats and steering wheel and 3-position memory seating. Redesigned for 2016, the dashboard features a high-resolution 8” color screen, available touchpad controller on the console and multifunction heated steering wheel allow for hands-free calling, easy navigation and more. Available features include power tailgate, a ‘household’ type 115 volt plug in the cabin, driver/passenger massage seats and heating/cooling front cup holders.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY: Magic vision control, crosswind assist, collision prevention assist plus are standard; available options include active blind spot assist, active lane keeping, pre-safe plus, pre-safe break with pedestrian recognition, brake assist plus with cross traffic assist, distronic plus with steer assist. The new GLE also includes standard touchpad navigation, smartphone integration, a high resolution media display with 8” screen and optional command online navigation with MB Apps.
2017 Audi Q7 Komfort Quattro
TOTAL PRICE: $ 68,300*
ENGINE: 3.0L TFSI 6-cylinder gasoline engine
8-Speed Tiptronic Transmission
333 HP 325lb-ft Torque
FUEL ECONOMY: 12.6 City / 9.4 Highway /11.1 Combined.
PERFORMANCE: Standard equipment includes: EPS Power steering with speed-sensitive power assist, 8-speed tiptronic transmission with seven drive modes (comfort, auto, dynamic, off-road, individual, all road and off-road/lift) as well as quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
EXTERIOR: Standard features include: headlight washers, bi-xenon plus headlights, aluminium exterior trim, privacy glass (dark tint.) Available features include; heated and folding exterior mirrors with memory function, panoramic glass roof and 5-spoke Star design wheels.
INTERIOR: Virtual cockpit (optional), ambient interior lighting, smartphone integration, vertically retractable multi-media interface display. Heated front seats and steering wheel with driver’s seat memory function and third row seating.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY: To help ensure driver safety, the Q7 comes equipped with many optional and standard safety features such as available attention assist, congestion assist, exit assist, traffic sign recognition, and rear cross traffic alert.
2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d
TOTAL PRICE: $ 69,400*
ENGINE: 3.0L Inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel
8-Speed Steptronic Transmission
255 HP 413lb-ft Torque
FUEL ECONOMY: 9.9 City/ 7.2 Highway/ 8.7 Combined
PERFORMANCE: The 8-speed steptronic transmission with the new Predictive Drive Train allows for boosted performance in sport and manual mode and Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) Driving dynamics control with ECO PRO mode.
EXTERIOR: New features are focused on aerodynamics and include: large air inlets, air curtain in the front bumper, air breather in the front wheel arches and adaptive LED headlights.
INTERIOR: Includes interior cargo space of 1,870 litres (with the rear seats folded) as well as atmospheric lighting, the new iDrive touch controller paired with a free-standing 10.25” control display (with optional navigation system) and a rearview mirror with automatic anti-glare function.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY: Standard features include: BMW on-board navigation, automatic stop/start function, automatic climate control, adaptive headlights and park distance control. The optional driver assistance systems in the BMW X5 include: head-up display, navigation system professional with quick start function, BMW night vision
Next up are the compact SUV’s: GLC vs. Audi Q5 and BMW X3
TOTAL PRICE: $48,050*
ENGINE: 2.0L in-line 4 turbo with direct injection
9-Speed Automatic Transmission
241 HP 273lb-ft Torque
FUEL ECONOMY: 11.1 City/ 8.5 Highway/ 10.0 Combined
PERFORMANCE: Featuring the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment and dynamic select with 5 drive modes (comfort, eco, sport, sport + and individual) Standard equipment includes eco start/stop function, 4MATIC Permanent AWD, EPS power steering and HOLD function
EXTERIOR: Standard 19” wheels, run-flat tires, LED daytime running lamps, automatic headlamp activation, tinted privacy windows, heated windscreen nozzles, rain sensing windshield wipers, panoramic sunroof and power adjustable heated exterior mirrors.
INTERIOR: Standard features include 3-position memory system with heated front seats and steering wheel,rear seating with remote folding via buttons, thermatic auto climate control and keyless-start. Console includes high-resolution 7” media screen with standard touchpad controller and multifunction steering wheel. The GLC also features 1,600L of cargo space and a 12V power plug in the cargo area.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY: Standard features include Magic vision control, crosswind assist, collision prevention assist plus optional features include; active blind spot assist, active lane keeping, pre-safe plus, pre-safe break with pedestrian recognition, brake assist plus with cross traffic assist, distronic plus with steer assist. The new GLC also includes standard touchpad navigation, smartphone integration, a high resolution media display with 7” screen and optional command online navigation with MB Apps.
2016 Audi Q5 Komfort Quattro
TOTAL PRICE: $ 45,700*
ENGINE: 2.0L TFSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine
8-Speed Tiptronic Transmission
220 HP 258lb-ft Torque
FUEL ECONOMY: 12.0 City/ 8.0 Highway/ 10.4 Combined
PERFORMANCE: Standard equipment includes: EPS Power steering, 8-speed tiptronic transmission with seven drive modes (comfort, auto, dynamic, off-road, individual, all road and off-road/lift) as well as quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
EXTERIOR: Standard features include: automatic bi-xenon LED daytime running self-adjusting headlights, bi-xenon LED tail lights, rain sensor, privacy glass (dark tint) Available features include 5-spoke Star design wheels, Audi adaptive headlights with cornering function and a panoramic glass roof.
INTERIOR: 8 way power front seats and power lumbar adjustment for driver, Audi music interface, driver seat memory. Optional features include MMI navigation plus with voice control, power-adjustable, power-folding auto-dimming exterior side mirrors with memory function and Audi advanced key.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY: The Q5 comes equipped with energy recovery system, front side and head airbags, rear parking aid, electronic stability and traction control. Optional features include available attention assist, congestion assist, exit assist, traffic sign recognition, and rear cross traffic alert.
2016 BMW X3 xDrive28i
TOTAL PRICE: $ 47,750*
ENGINE: 2.0L Inline 4-cylinder twin-power turbo
8-Speed Steptronic Transmission
241 HP 260lb-ft Torque
FUEL ECONOMY: 11.1 City/ 8.4 Highway/ 9.9 Combined
PERFORMANCE: 8-speed steptronic transmission sport and manual mode and Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) Driving dynamics control with ECO PRO mode.
EXTERIOR: Standard equipment includes; LED front fog lights, V spoke light allow wheels with all-season run flat tires, bi-xenon headlights, dun protection glazing, power folding heated side mirrors, privacy (tinted) glass and halogen high & low beam headlights.
INTERIOR: Standard equipment Includes interior cargo space of 1,600 litres (with the rear seats folded) drivers-seat and mirror settings memory function, auto dimming rear-view mirror, multi-function heated steering wheel, ambiance lighting, power tailgate, and automatic climate control.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY: Standard tech features include: BMW radio professional, automatic start/stop function, brake energy regeneration, automatic climate control, BMW teleservices, driving experience with ECO PRO. Standard safety equipment includes; rain sensor with auto headlamps, park distance control (front & rear) BMW assist emergency call and rear view camera.
* All prices noted include national MSRP plus all Alberta & AMVIC applicable fees and taxes. The information published on Audi & BMW models was collected from manufacturer websites, and is for general information purpose only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of the information.