SONS Automotive Group Compares 2018 BMW X6 VS 2018 Mercedes AMG Near Braselton, GA

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2018 BMW X6

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2018 BMW X6

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2018 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the X6 and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The X6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first among midsize premium suvs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine Comparison

The X6 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 60 more horsepower (445 vs. 385) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X6 s/xDrive35i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X6’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X6 xDrive50i’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X6 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

For greater off-road capability the X6 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.3 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the X6 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X6 has .7 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X6 has a much larger cargo area than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 23 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X6’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X6 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X6 will retain 45.55% to 49.46% of its original price after five years, while the AMG GLE 43 Coupe only retains 42.08%.

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