In pictures: BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE – Challenges

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Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, dynamic front

Comfort, luxury, handling … The services of the GLE are of a very high standard, in line with its price.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, front

The GLE returns to athletic lines, a little forgotten on the previous generation.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, profile

The amount that separates the quarter glass is characteristic of the style of the GLE since the first generation, when it was still called ML.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, rear

The rear lights are refined on this new version.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, flagship

The matrix headlights deliver impeccable lighting.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, radiator grille

The grille mesh varies with the finishes.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, shield

Fortunately, it is possible to choose other configurations than this AMG Line finish with inconspicuous shields.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, rims

as usual with Mercedes, the choice of rims is very wide.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, rear view mirror

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, traffic light

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, dashboard

This SUV contrasts with the other models in the range, leaving aside the round aerators.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, cockpit

The ergonomics are a little more complex than at BMW, but still quite well thought out.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, interior

The finish is impeccable. Normal, at this price level.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, counters

The meters are replaced by a high definition screen, customizable in all directions.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, counters

It is obviously possible to display the navigation map on the dashboard.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, screen

The menus appear clearly organized, with few submenus.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, GPS

The GPS is easy to handle, but the route calculation remains perfectible.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, air conditioning

The GLE has the good taste to keep physical air conditioning controls, much more practical in use.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, touchpad

To satisfy Asian customers, Mercedes-Benz has replaced the traditional command dial with a touchpad, which is less easy to grasp.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, seat control

Mercedes remains faithful to its orders for seat adjustments placed on the door struts.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, trunk

The trunk has a volume of 490 liters.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE, seven-seater

Despite the imposing size, the last row places remain cramped. This is why there is a GLS in the range, an extended version of this GLE.

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BMW X5, dynamic front

The X5 puts forward high-end comfort, even if it means putting aside the typical character of the Bavarian brand.

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BMW X5, front

The X5 retains classic lines, following the previous generation.

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BMW X5, profile

Typically BMW, the X5 retains a silhouette in line with its predecessor.

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BMW X5, rear

With a width of more than two meters, the size of the X5 is not particularly comfortable on European roads.

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BMW X5, flagship

The headlights, which combine matrix diodes and optional long laser ranges, deliver impressive quality lighting.

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BMW X5, flagship

The headlights, which combine matrix diodes and optional long laser ranges, deliver impressive quality lighting.

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BMW X5, grille

The nostrils are impressive, less however than on the big brother X7.

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BMW X5, shield

Like its competitor, the X5 offers various shield designs depending on the trim levels.

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BMW X5, rims

Also at BMW, the rim catalog is very well supplied.

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BMW X5, rear view mirror

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BMW X5, side vents

These lateral vents reduce aerodynamic turbulence, to the benefit of consumption.

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BMW X5, fire

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BMW X5,

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BMW X5, cockpit

Ergonomics, as always with BMW, sets the standard. Especially with the optional gesture control.

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BMW X5, interior

The finish is impeccable and the choice of materials and plethoric leathers.

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BMW X5, counters

Yielding to the trend, BMW replaced the meters with a screen.

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BMW X5, counters

Here, the possibilities for customizing the display are very limited.

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BMW X5 display

The screen is less spectacular than at Mercedes-Benz. But the ergonomics are impeccable.

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BMW X5, air conditioning

The air conditioning settings are multiple.

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BMW X5, gear lever

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the BMW X5 retains a gear lever although it is only offered with automatic transmissions.

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BMW X5, wheel

The wheel is useful for navigating the infotainment system, which can also be controlled via the touch screen, gesture control or voice.

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BMW X5, trunk

The lower drop side, a constant since the first generation, does nothing from the point of view of practical aspects.

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