Compare BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

BMW or Mercedes’s tough choice to begin with as both define luxury choosing one will be an unfair choice. The BMW X7 has quite made an impact with its roomy cabins, comfort, and fun to drive capability. 

 

Both are the creations of German automakers that imply chasing each other and creating everything the same in the segment by doing the changes no matter how small they are. The 3 row SUV from BMW has taken time to appear in the market and with the creation of X7 they have given the strong answer to Mercedes Benz GLS Class.

What luxury features BMW X7 or Mercedes Benz GLS includes?

The GLS is equipped with more luxury features that are covered with more leather surface, fine stitching with a two-tone option. GLS trims vary depending upon the models and make you select with the inclusion of aluminum and wood veneer, leather seats, etc.

 

BMW X7 has much to offer it is the same as an X5 inside, the X7 has more fine materials like a Sensa Tec fiber. It provides you the choice to choose among nine different leather packages which include Extended Merino packages. X7 offers a range of colors to choose from i.e. classy black, stylish Canberra beige, coffee, and ivory white.

 

You can pay an additional amount and acquire a two-tone cabin which has ivory white with navy blue which adds a blue dashboard and Alcan Tara headliner. It offers a range of glass controls with start/stop function, iDrive Controller and radio volume knob. 

How much performance BMW X7 or Mercedes Benz GLS class delivers?

Mercedes runs on the six-cylinder as a beast and X7 disappoints us with its 48 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. In the upper level trims both the GLS and X7 have turbocharged V8 engines with automatic transmissions GLS has nine-speed and X7 eight-speed with an all-wheel-drive system. GLS has an addition of a new combination that ensures a 4.0 liter V8 and EQ boost system which is taken from AMG models. The EQ boost adds an additional 21 horsepower, 184 pound-feet.

 

Talking about output the base level model of X7 falls behind the GLS. According to this, we think Mercedes is much quicker with a 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds and it delivers a top speed of 130mph.

What is the towing and payload capacity of Mercedes Benz and BMW X7?

The Mercedes Benz GLS has a payload capacity of 1800 pounds and X7 has 1202 pounds. X7 has a towing capacity of 7500 pounds and GLS has 7,700 pounds which shows the Mercedes is better than the BMW X7.

What interiors are offering of X7 and GLS CLASS?

Both of them are offering something extraordinary in the segment which ensures a series of benefits in GLS i.e. the power headrest, power-adjustable second-row seats. X7 also comes with the power-adjustable second-row seats but not headrests they both come with power-folding second-row seats.

 

GLS has an electrified passenger seat with more head and legroom and even the time of sliding the second-row seats leaves more space. BMW makes an eye-catching appearance with the leather seats and interior which is far better than the elephant skin of the GLS. 

 

The most attractive feature of the Benz is the automatic seat setting based upon the driver’s height which is certainly appropriate for every height of people. BMW has double-hinged seatbacks which allow the separate adjustment on the backrest at shoulder height. They both possess a long list of infotainment features with the inclusion of driver-assistance technology.

How much BMW X7 and Mercedes Benz GLS Class costs?

The X7 4Drive40i and GLS450 have a starting range from $75,000 which can extend up to the $100K. Both have V8 powered engines which lead to an increase in the costs of $100,000 and continues to extend. 

How many trims are available in BMW X7 and Mercedes Benz GLS Class?

BMV X7 comes in two different trims i.e. xDrive40i with an MSRP of $73,900 and xDrive50i $92,600.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class offers two different trims i.e. GLS 450 4matic with an MSRP of $75,200 and GLS 580 4matic $97,800

Should I buy a BMW X7 or Mercedes Benz GLS Class?

We all know how difficult is to decide and pick one as both deliver the services which deliver the utmost comfort and performance. The X7 ensures a better drive with standard comfort mode, refined inline-six engine, and a healthy fuel economy. On the other hand, GLS has significantly more cargo spaces present in the second and third rows but it has an inadequate fuel economy and offers the same features as X7. 

 

The GLS remains our picks as it comes as a perfect option in the luxury SUV segment with the three-row seats, acceleration, more refined cabin also it comes as more expensive than the BMW X7.

SPECIFICATIONS 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 4Matic

 

VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon

 

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon

 

PRICE AS TESTED $85,445 (base price: $74,895)

 

$96,835 (base price: $76,195)
ENGINE TYPE turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

 

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT 183 cu in, 2998 cc

 

183 cu in, 3000 cc
POWER 335hp @ 6500 rpm

 

362hp @ 6100 rpm
TORQUE 330 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

 

369 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic

 

9-speed automatic

 

CHASSIS Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 15.6-in vented disc/14.6-in vented disc

Tires: Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S RFT, 285/45R-21 113H M+S ★

Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 14.8-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.6-in vented disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4 PNCS, F: 275/45R-21 107Y MO-S R: 315/40R-21 111Y MO-S

DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 122.2 in

Length: 203.3 in

Width: 78.7 in

Height: 71.1 in

Passenger volume: 142 cu ft

Cargo volume: 12 cu ft

Curb weight: 5337 lb

 

Wheelbase: 123.4 in

Length: 205.0 in

Width: 77.0 in

Height: 71.8 in

Cargo volume: 17 cu ft

Curb weight: 5594 lb

C/D

TEST RESULTS

Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec

60 mph: 5.4 sec

100 mph: 14.3 sec

120 mph: 22.5 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.2 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.0 sec

¼-mile: 14.0 sec @ 99 mph

Top speed (governor limited): 129 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 184ft

Road holding, 300-ft-dia skid pad: 0.81 g

 

Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec

60 mph: 5.5 sec

100 mph: 14.4 sec

120 mph: 22.6 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.2 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.5 sec

¼-mile: 14.1 sec @ 99 mph

Top speed (governor limited): 129 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft

Road holding, 300-ft-dia skid pad: 0.92 g

C/D

FUEL ECONOMY

Observed: 20 mpg

75-mph highway driving: 28 mpg

Highway range: 610 miles

 

Observed: 17 mpg

75-mph highway driving: 24 mpg

Highway range: 570 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/city/highway: 22/20/25 mpg

 

Combined/city/highway: 21/19/23 mpg

 

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