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BMW X6 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

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$140,900 - $247,900

2024 price

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

$81,800 - $189,800

2021 price


2024 BMW X6
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
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Engine Type
Turbo 6, 3.0L

Twin Turbo V8, 4.0L
Fuel Type

Premium Unleaded/Electric
Fuel Efficiency
9.3L/100km (combined)

12.4L/100km (combined)

  • Polarising exterior looks
  • Lots of good features embedded in extra-cost packages
  • Updated multimedia system takes a while to get used to

  • Coupe compromises
  • Hard door-bin plastics
  • Significant price rises
2024 BMW X6 Summary

First launched in 2008, the BMW X6 created history (and a new car category) with its coupe styling on an SUV framework.

It was a polarising effort but one that opened up the SUV market for those wanting the size and presence of an SUV without compromising on the sporty styling of a smaller car.

The 2024 X6 has had a facelift and that brings a more athletic and robust kerb-side appeal that might swing a few fence sitters onto the side of liking it.

The already pleasant interior has been polished with extra customisations available on trims and accents. The technology has seen the biggest upgrade and it now features a more streamlined mild-hybrid component to the engine. It all positions the X6 well and truly within the rank of luxury.

For the last week I’ve been driving the mid-spec xDrive40i M Sport variant to see how the facelifted model holds its own against rivals, the Audi Q8 55 TFSI Dynamic Black and Mercedes-Benz GLE450 4Matic Coupe. 

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Summary

The SUV craze is such that high-riding wagons are increasingly being tasked with also doing the job of sports cars, despite the immutable laws of physics clearly working against them.

While the results have been mixed, Mercedes-AMG has some serious form in this area, so much so that it’s been confident enough to unleash the second-generation GLE63 S.

Yep, this large SUV is looking to do its best impersonation of a sports car, so we’re looking to find out if it’s a convincing Jekyll and Hyde. Read on.

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