The petrol BMW X5 has arrived and it will cost you Rs 73.5 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 400, the BMW’s prime competitor, will set you back by Rs 74.9 lakh. Also in the fray is the latest variant of the Macan, the 2.0-litre R4 which is a bit more expensive at Rs 76.84 lakh. So here is how the BMW X5 performs in competition with the fellow Germans.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4matic
Both, the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLE, get similar 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines. Mercedes manages to pump 333bhp of power and 480Nm of torque as against the 306bhp of power and 400Nm of torque from the BMW. In terms of size, the Mercedes is all – longer, taller and wider than the BMW. As for the interior, because of the larger size, the cabin and boot space in the Mercedes is obviously more than the BMW. Both being luxury barges, all the creature comforts are standard including display screen, sunroof, power seats et al. Yes the Mercedes is a lakh and a half expensive as compared to the BMW, but looking at everything, it seems justified.
A Porsche in your garage will give you more bragging rights than any of the other Germans. The Macan R4 is a couple of lakh more expensive than the Mercedes and one would certainly be tempted. But that is all about the Porsche. It is the cheapest Macan. It gets a 2.0-litre inline four engine that develops only 252bhp of power and torque figure is nowhere close. It will certainly not be as luxurious as the BMW or the Mercedes and given its sporty focus, the ride will certainly be stiffer. So unless you want a trophy car in your start-studded garage, the BMW does pip the Porsche fair and square.