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Compare the2024 BMW X3 MVS 2024 Mercedes GLE

2024 BMW X3 M
2024 Mercedes GLE

Safety

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The BMW X3 M has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The GLE doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The X3 M has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GLE doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X3 M’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the GLE.

Both the X3 M and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X3 M is safer than the Mercedes GLE:

X3 M

GLE

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

24%

Neck Stress

202 lbs.

208 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

116/280 lbs.

301/184 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

176

209

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/114 lbs.

401/438 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X3 M is safer than the Mercedes GLE:

X3 M

GLE

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

275 lbs.

287 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Side impacts caused 23% of all road fatalities in 2018, down from 29% in 2003, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduced its side barrier test. In order to continue improving vehicle safety, the IIHS has started using a more severe side impact test: 37 MPH (up from 31 MPH), with a 4180-pound barrier (up from 3300 pounds). The results of this newly developed test demonstrates that the BMW X3 M is safer than the GLE:

X3 M

GLE

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Structure

GOOD

GOOD

Driver Injury Measures

Head/Neck

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

45

50

Neck Tension

178 lbs.

201 lbs.

Torso

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Shoulder Deflection

.59 in

.87 in

Torso Max Deflection

.98 in

1.34 in

Pelvis

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Protection

GOOD

GOOD

Passenger Injury Measures

Head/Neck

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

156

232

Neck Tension

67 lbs.

89 lbs.

Torso

GOOD

GOOD

Shoulder Deflection

.16 in

.28 in

Pelvis

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis Force

513 lbs.

1116 lbs.

Head Protection

GOOD

GOOD

Warranty

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The X3 M’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLE’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, air filter replacements, cabin filter replacement, brake fluid replacement, inspections, and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLE.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2023 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. With 9 fewer problems per 100 vehicles, JD Power ranks BMW higher than Mercedes.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Mercedes is rated below average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2024 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 20 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The X3 M has more powerful engines than the GLE:

Horsepower

Torque

X3 M 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

457 lbs.-ft.

X3 M Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

503 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

GLE 350 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

GLE 450 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

GLE 450e 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

381 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

GLE 580 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

483 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 M Competition is faster than the GLE 450 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid:

X3 M

GLE

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.3 MPH

97.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X3 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the GLE 450/580.

Transmission

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The X3 M’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The GLE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLE:

X3 M

GLE 350

GLE 450/580

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The X3 M’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GLE 350 are solid, not vented.

The X3 M stops much shorter than the GLE:

X3 M

GLE

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the X3 M has larger rear tires than the GLE (265/45R20 vs. 255/50R19).

The X3 M’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLE’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 M has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the GLE.

Suspension and Handling

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The X3 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the GLE’s (53.5% to 46.5%). This gives the X3 M more stable handling and braking.

The X3 M Competition handles at .95 G’s, while the GLE 350 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 M Competition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4 seconds quicker than the GLE 350 (24.2 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X3 M has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the X3 M to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The BMW X3 M may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 1150 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

The X3 M is 8.3 inches shorter than the GLE, making the X3 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X3 M has .2 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear headroom than the GLE.

The front step up height for the X3 M is 1.5 inches lower than the GLE (18.5” vs. 20”). The X3 M’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the GLE’s (18.5” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 M easier. The X3 M’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the GLE’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 18th.

Economic Advantages

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The X3 M will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X3 M will retain 54.06% of its original price after five years, while the GLE only retains 49.45% to 53.48%.

Recommendations

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The BMW X3 outsold the Mercedes GLE by 2749 units during 2022.

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