2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5

2022 MB GLE

When you’re looking to upgrade your Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, GA, travels with a luxury SUV, you have a lot to choose from. When you want a vehicle that’s plenty spacious and will leave you feeling like a celebrity when you travel, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 both fit the bill.

To help you decide which German-engineered model is right for you, our team at Albany Motorcars crafted this 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. BMW X5 comparison. Let’s jump right in!

Plenty of Room Inside

It’s likely that one of the reasons you’re looking to purchase an SUV is because of the extra space these models provide. When you drive a 2022 GLE or BMW X5, space is never an issue. Both SUVs offer ample seating for five passengers. If your family is growing, though, both models are offered in an optional 7-seat configuration.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5 Standard Dimensions

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2022 BMW X5


194.3/76.7/70.7 inches

194.3/78.9/68.7 inches

Headroom (front/rear)

40.5/36.9 inches

40.8/38.7 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40.3/40.9 inches

39.8/37.4 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

59.3/58.3 inches

60/58.1 inches


Thanks to these dimensions, you’ll find either the 2022 GLE or BMW X5 is a great option to give you and your passengers a spacious commute.

Although, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE has its advantages. Not only is it skinnier—which allows for parking in more compact spots—it also gives front- and second-row passengers extra legroom. You can also bring more gear along in this SUV, thanks to its maximum cargo capacity of 74.9 cubic feet.

The BMW X5, on the other hand, only offers a maximum of 72.3 cubic feet of space. That means less room for an extra bag on your next vacation.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5 Luxury Features

Feeling like a celebrity in your SUV all depends on the types of amenities that are included with each ride. Vegan leather upholstery comes standard on each model, with an optional genuine leather upgrade, and both SUVs include standard heated front seats with available ventilated and massaging capabilities.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers several features, both standard and optional, you won’t find when you drive a BMW X5.

2022 GLE Exclusive Features:

  • Standard 64-color LED ambient lighting
  • Available heated and cooled cupholders
  • Optional navigation with augmented video

While both SUVs offer premium amenities, thanks to the extra features offered with the 2022 GLE, the BMW X5 can’t compete.

Take, for example, the interior lighting feature. While this is standard on both models, only the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE gives you the freedom to completely customize your lighting experience. In addition to choosing the color, you can also adjust the brightness, or choose multiple colors to illuminate the cabin. Neither are an option with the X5.

Customized Performance

Commuting should be fun. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 work to ensure your commutes are always fun, thanks to their power-packed performance capabilities. But supercharged engines and high horsepower isn’t all these models have to offer. They also let you customize your commute, thanks to their various drive modes.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE comes standard with DYNAMIC SELECT, which lets you choose one of four different drive modes: ECO, Comfort, Sport, and Individual. Each mode makes adjustments to how your vehicle handles. So, if you want to boost the EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG, you can select ECO mode.* Or, if you want to travel with the hairs standing tall on the back of your neck, Sport mode—and its enhanced throttle response—is the way to go.

The X5 also comes standard with a similar feature known as Driving Dynamics Control. It also features several modes—like ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT—but it lacks the Individual customization option offered with the 2022 GLE.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs BMW X5: The Verdict

When looking to enhance your commute, both the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 are sure to enhance your Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, Georgia, travels. Although, if you’re looking for extra space, additional luxury features, and more performance customization options, the 2022 GLE is the way to go.

Visit us at Albany Motorcars to test drive this vehicle today!


*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated MPG to the estimated MPG of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast your drive, weather conditions, and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimates.